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mower

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 16:59

I replaced mine with a Honda Izy.  It was more than twice the price of the Qualcast but from my experience so far cuts beautifully and is much quieter than the Qualcast.  One thing I didn't even notice when I bought it was that it has a rubberised 'skirt' at the back which stops the grass blowing out from underneath.  I no longer end up with green shoes when I mow the grass

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

I have 4 hydrangeas in the garden, 3 are absolutely fine but the 4th is being attacked by something.  A lot of holes in leaves and chunks out of the edges.  I've looked closely but can't see any beasties which might be responsible.

Any ideas??

our new lawmowers

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 12:51

And you can't eat a petrol mower

How to finish the edge of my new rockery

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:27

I think there are 2 elements to the 'problem'.  Firstly the stone used for the edging is not the same as the rocks within the rockery itself.  Secondly the edging stones seem to have been laid on the surface.  I think they would look better partly buried, but better still if you could use matching stone throughout.  The issue of lining up the strata has been mentioned in earlier replies.

The whole thing will take time to settle and planting will eventually soften the lines of the waterfall etc.

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 15:22

Horticultural grit around plants in the borders may help.  Mix in some slug pellets as well and hopefully you'll get most of them.

mower

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 10:19

Alan, maybe you got a good 'un or maybe I got a bad 'un.  Either way I had the same model as you and gave up on it after 1 year.  Very poor cutting from the outset, the spring from the deck to the height adjuster snapped (that can happen to any mower), and it regularly scalped the lawn irrespective of the height setting.

You swear by 'em, I swear at 'em

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 10:15

It doesn't necessarily stop the slugs but I've found the following method very effective.

For beer traps, purchase a 12 pack, use 2 cans for the traps and when/if that fails to stop the slugs sit down and drink the rest.  At least you don't care for a while

Employment Law

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 21:51

Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll pass them on.  Greatly appreciated.

Employment Law

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:36

The son of a friend recently had an accident at work.  We believe it may have been caused at least in part by him being over-tired.  I don't want to give too much detail here, but basically he works 9-5 but has to do overnight on call for a full week every 3 weeks or so.  It's not unusual for him to be called out a couple of times in one night in the small hours (not every night) but his employers still expect him to be back at work 9am next day.

I believe there is law covering the amount of time you have to be away from work after working at night but can't find the info.

With respect can I ask at this time that people refrain from giving opinion, tempting as it is, unless that opinion is backed up by legal fact.

Mulching lawn mower

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:02

I bought the same mower from Homebase, and have replaced it after a year.  It's the worst mower I've ever had.  From the start it hasn't cut well and started scalping the lawn irrespective of the height setting.  It would have had to go back to the manufacturer to be checked out so I would have to be without a mower potentially for weeks - not practical in the summer months.  Maybe I was just unlucky but I won't touch Qualcast again with a barge pole!

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