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Latest posts by KT53

ideas please to screen neighbours BIG shed!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:07

Unfortunately there is no 'right to light' in a garden so complaining to the local council on that basis would be pointless.  There may be an issue with planning depending on the size but if our local council is anything to go by they do nothing to enforce a planning decision anyway.  The neighbour of a work colleague built a 'conservatory' on his garage roof which overlooked my colleague's house and garden.  The council ordered him to take the conservatory down and he appealed.  They then said it could stay if all the glass facing other properties was replaced with obscured glass.  He simply ignored the ruling.  When my colleague approached the council to get them to enforce their ruling they said they had done all the could!

70ft Garden - making it awesome for least cost!

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:21

Try to avoid the temptation of buying large plants and paying for the privilege.  Small one will grow given time.

Alternatively, to contradict myself, buy large plants which can be split down e.g. herbacious perennials, and divide to make a number of smaller ones.


Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:36

I've had bamboo in the garden for over 20 years and had no major problems.  One clump forming variety who's name escapes and one area of Phyllostachys aurea and Phyllostachys nigra. Neither group has been invasive.  I've had a couple of runners try to escape from the Phyllostachys but it has been the work of a few minutes to cut off the runner and pull it out. The line the runner has taken is pretty obvious so all it needs is to cut a channel with a spade along the line and haul it back out.  There are many plants which can become a problem if they're allowed to but that doesn't mean they can't or shouldn't be grown.

I accept that would be more problematic if it was under paving but they are categorically not thugs in my long experience of them.

How to get what you want out of a landscape designer?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:55

When we had a garden design done we discussed the broad ideas e.g. avoid straight lines, path curving across and down the garden.  Looked at the existing plants we wanted to keep and those we were happy to lose.  The designer then came up with a design and full planting plan.

That's certainly what I would expect.  If the one you have is keeping on passing the buck back to you I'd tell them to take a hike.

Clearing a garden

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:58

If you are trying to level large areas it's definitely worth investing in a landscaping rake.  They are much wider than a standard garden rake and much more effective at leveling.

Weeds or desired self seed? New border

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 22:29

Definition of a weed is a plant growing where it's not wanted.  If you like what is coming up leave it to see how it develops before deciding what to do with it.

Runner beans

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 17:53

I'm not growing this year, but my neighbour was complaining yesterday of the very poor set and very few flowers this year.

lawn edging advice

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 17:17

If you don't want to invest the cost of Everedge you can get plastic edging from B&Q.  It won't last as long as steel but it's a fraction of the price and will certainly do the job. Also, unlike Smartedge it comes in shorter sections which may be easier to handle.

Raised Bed

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:58

If it's only a slight slope just dig out enough to leave the one end at, or just below, existing garden level.

Raised beds

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 17:57

We have 2 raised bed which are 3 sleepers high and that is more than enough for a seat height.

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****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

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Clear timber preservatives

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Spring bulbs lifted from pots

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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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.... what a disappointment 
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Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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dendrobium nobile care

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Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
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Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
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Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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