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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Bad news for garden birds

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 17:31

And yet we need electricity.

How to hide fenced

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 13:52

Wayne,

This is one of those times of year to spy on other people's gardens and see what looks good. You'll also have to do the same in spring and summer. Plant what you like the look of, but do the research to see if there are any downsides (such as it spreads like wildfire or grows too tall or wide).

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 13:30

GemmaJF,

I meant to add that East Anglia and Kent are also the hot-spots for wintering Marsh Harriers.

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 07:10

Well, it was your comment, Potter - it just struck me as rather offhand. Anyway, the HSE website tells us all we need to know about creosote for amateur and professional use. Personally, I'd use something other than smelly creosote.

Privacy Issue

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 06:55

blairs, I think the Council might see through that plan, (apart from the fact that I'm not convinced that building a 6 ft fence on top of a 4 ft wall would be either a cheap or straightforward job) - and I have to say that, as far as I can tell from the pictures, in this situation it would be an eyesore as it wouldn't be in keeping with anything else around the area. In a case like this I would approach the Council for their advice and definitive ruling - then you've got something to rely on if there are complaints.

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 16:04

'not that great for the environment'

That's ok then.

Privacy Issue

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:59

Going back to what blairs wrote, there is normally a limit to the height of fence you are allowed to have next to a public footway - check with the Council.

Apart from that, I'm very much with those who suggest shrubs closer to the house, rather than crowding the boundary; it will be more effective, look better and not be a nuisance in the future to passers-by. I think the problem is ultimately that you've bought a house on a street corner and, however hard you try, the solution will only be a compromise, so go for something you can live with.

I find that people aren't as nosey as one might fear, but watch out for the ones carrying step-ladders.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 15:47

GemmaJF,

It's entirely possible that you saw a Hen Harrier in Essex. Apart from home-grown birds we do get a fair few winter visiting birds from Europe.

 

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 17:42

I'm very impressed with the Garden Warbler record, Pansyface. You must be in a very warm part of the country.

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 15:59

Garden Warbler??

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