Latest posts by KT53

Crack in base of water butt

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 08:03

If you empty and completely dry the interior, the seal adhesive tape used for flashings might do the job.  You would need to check that it's OK for plastic.

Mares tail!!

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 19:01
Chloe Kraven says:

 plans to wreak havoc on our decadent Western gardens by releasing the resultant monster into the wild at the Chelsea Flower Show.

you have been warned 

See original post

 Oh no - he hasn't crossed Joe Swift with Diarmuid Gavin has he.  What horrors that hybrid could produce.

My polytunnel is too hot

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 17:16

I suspect it's more to keep birds out than bugs, so almost any kind of netting attached to a frame should do the job.

advice on how to remove plant

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 08:21

It doesn't look like a bindweed leaf to me, but I can't say what it is either.  Most plants succumb to repeated spraying with glyphosate.

Patio excavation site waterlogged

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 19:22

It's not unusual for an area like that to fill with water.  The ground will be pretty compacted.  The real test will be when it stops raining and you can check how quickly it drains.  My neighbours garden floods every time we have heavy rain but drains in a matter of hours when it stops.

Established acer dying

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 17:54

I've had the same problem this year with Acer Bloodgood.  It's only been in 4 years and was doing great.  This spring virtually the whole thing looks dead although there is some new growth near the base, but above the graft, so it might be salvageable.

I'm wondering if the very dry winter and spring might be the problem as I have a similar issue with a eucalyptus.

Black spots on patio

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 17:48

There was a company at the Malvern Show by the name of 'The Patio Black Spot Removal Company'.  At a guess they may be what you are looking for.  Who needs Poirot when you have my deductive powers to fall back on? 

Here a link to their site http://patioblackspotremoval.com/

It's not cheap, but if you've spend a lot on the patio (like me) it might be worth trying.  Thankfully we don't have a problem with black spots at the moment.

Last edited: 15 May 2017 17:50:37

Worried about my Eucalyptus

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 14:18

We also have a problem with a eucalyptus (not gunnii) and all its leaves have gone crispy too.  There seems to be some new growth at the very top but all lower branches seem to have died.  I'm wondering if the very dry spring has done for it.

Possible dispute over neighbours new drive

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 14:16

Your neighbour is probably trusting the contractor to do the job properly.  If you have any concerns you certainly need to raise them now rather than risking a dispute later.

Mares tail!!

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 11:56

A strong membrane will certainly reduce the amount you get but once they establish they are an absolute ****** to get rid of.  I sprayed one area repeatedly through one summer with Roundup at the max recommended strength and it did get rid of them for a couple of years.  They have started to reappear, but not as bad as they were.

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