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Trellis screen - any idea how much?

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 19:41


Four tanalised 8ft fenceposts at least 80mm dia or square - from £10 each. Trellis could cost anything from £20 to £60 per panel, depending on quality and how 'see-through' it is. As someone said above, if it's a windy site you would go for thicker posts and less dense panelling. Add £20 for screws and fixing brackets. £20 for enough concreting materials to set the posts in. Labour to dig four holes 2ft deep, set the posts in concrete and fix the panels, and to fetch the materials onto site and clean up afterwards. Add a bit for overheads for coming to quote for the job.

I'd say a summer day's work for one man - what that would cost may to some extent depend where you live.

Ask your quoters where you can see examples of their work. Word of mouth is a good recommendation. Remember, you only want to do this job once, so you need someone who can make it look good and do a solid job. Make sure they're insured for third party risks, covering damage to property and to people, not to mention services (gas, water, you know where these, and drains, are?) - if they're evasive about insurance tell them to sling their hook. Get fixed-price quotes in writing; it's up to them to satisfy themselves they've identified all the snags, but be honest about any possible problems - for instance if you've buried a lot of concrete or tree stumps on the site, or if you know there are drains, etc. they're entitled to be told.

I'm sure I've missed things, but good luck,


How do I create extra height to my existing fence?

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 10:07


Do find out whether the responsibility for maintaining the boundary fence is yours or your neighbour's.This should be on the deeds.

Do let the neighbours know what you intend to do.

Do take Jo's advice to make a free-standing plant-supporting fence in your own garden instead of trying to add anything to the existing fence. Builders' fences are not always that good. By building your own you can use some really good posts well set in the ground The more you can afford to bring this fence into your garden the more height of the adjoining houses you will screen.


Planting an Art-Deco Raised Border

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 09:55

Looks like the sort of pressure-treated softwood that you can cut to size from any proper timber merchant.


Posted: 14/11/2012 at 09:44

It is indeed their nature, but most cat-owners are not prepared to admit it, or else excuse it by saying that other predators are far worse. During visits to my gardens it is only too obvious what a sad and unecessary toll cats take on birds. There are many countries where cats (and of course other predators) have been introduced and wreaked havoc on native species; David Attenborough referred to one of these cases last week on his 'Attenborough's Ark' programme.


Posted: 13/11/2012 at 17:12

There's nothing more cheerful than a hedgeful of sparrows chirping away.

Is there anything I can't compost?

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 18:02

Referring to ChristyRose, I would make sure that pet waste doesn't contain pet food, otherwise the rats will be in there with big smiles on their faces.

Ride on mower / mini tractor - help!

Posted: 10/11/2012 at 17:57

Don't expect a mower to do the same work that a tractor will.

wild life in portishead

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 19:33

Having been brought up near the Severn estuary, this reminded me of many happy birdwatching days. The first gannet I ever saw was at Arlingham, not far from Slimbridge.

Ash tree disease!

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 19:30

For many years people with a bit of sense in conservation organisations have recommended use of home-grown stock for planting schemes, but this has probably been largely ignored. The big contractors on civic schemes, motorway planting, etc will have followed the money and bought stock where it was readily available in large quantities and cheap. The price is now being paid.

I could readily supply 400 ash saplings from the woodland in one of my gardens!

Dealing with the impact of trees and shade

Posted: 28/10/2012 at 17:08


Am I right in thinking that none of these trees belong to you? If so, is there any prospect that some of them could be cut down?


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