Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 19:52

On most mowers you wouldn't be able to swing it on a rope as they are designed with 'dead man's handles', i.e. you have to have hold of the handlebar all the time to keep the engine running. I have seen idiots get round this by tying the handle in the 'on' position with a bungy elastic or gaffer tape. This is a recipe for cutting lumps off your own feet.

Get a grip - pay someone else to have the accident - at least they might be insured (but don't let them do the tying the handle trick on your property!)

Child proofing garden

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 09:43

Possibly dig the slabs and the bomb site out, rebuild the step up between the two levels, cover the area with a well-compacted layer of crushed stone about 4 inches thick to keep the weeds down and then surface it with slate chippings. One of those big bags that has to be craned off a lorry would probably cover this - two certainly would.

Then you've got an area for a picnic table, a swing, some big pots of plants and no mud being trod into the house.

Mowing steep lawns

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 06:37

I would seriously consider getting someone in to mow the lawns. There's no point in having a stupid accident and ending up not being able to enjoy the rest of the Lake District.

Slugs and lupins

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 06:13

I stopped trying to grow lupins many years ago because of slug damage. Much as I like lupins, I couldn't see the point of keeping on trying. There are thousands of other flowers to use which will be fine in a sluggy area and you won't have all this heartache, visits to garden centres and dalliance with poisons to try to solve an insoluble problem. 

Bumble Bees

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:44

Check out Mason Bees.

ID and help please

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:35

Just pull out what you can and cut off any regrowth - it'll give up.

Buddleja Lochinch Problem

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:33

Vicky, don't ever water it again - ever!


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 09:57

pansyface, would you be able to locate the dead bird for someone to collect and examine it? The information would be very valuable to the British Trust for Ornithology and maybe to the police as well.

Turning Braken Undergrowth to a Wildlife area, Minus the Braken

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 09:52

Have a look at the RHS website. The Scottish Natural Heritage website has an interesting file on it as well.

Butterfly Release 2013

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:55

The advantage of rearing and releasing Painted Ladies is that children gain a sense of wonder and familiarity with them. In conservation terms, however, Painted Ladies are a very successful butterfly and don't need anyone's help. They breed prolifically and millions of them swarm here from North Africa and Europe each year.

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