Latest posts by KT53

Hampton Court Show problem

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 08:38

Not a justification for their actions, but I wonder if they are a comparatively small company who are simply not geared up for the large number of orders/enquiries they can receive from exposure on programmes such as GW.

In this instance I think you may just have to cut your losses and accept that the tenner is gone.  Little point chucking good money after bad with expensive phone calls.

Best Free Garden Design App

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 08:33
Papi Jo says:

Why do people insist on getting a piece of software for free? Would you dream of getting plants, tools,etc for free at your  garden centre? 

See original post

 Because we'd rather spend the money on plants.  There is so much very good, free software out there for many applications it would be daft not to ask if there is anything out there for garden design.  Sadly the answer does seem to be 'No'.

Anchoring a greenhouse on a flat roof?

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 08:30

I would be surprised if your employer has given any great thought to how you plan to secure your greenhouse, even if they haven't raised any objections to the idea of you having one.  It would still be sensible to speak to them about how you are planning to secure it or there is the potential to be hit with a very large bill for removal of slabs and repairs to the roof if you leave their employ.

Unsightly dead leylandii hedge!

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 17:34

From the photo, the hedge isn't dead as there is strong green growth from the top.  It has been cut back into old wood on the photo side and is unlikely ever to green up again.  Your neighbours are probably still seeing a lush green hedge which is why they won't be so keen to have it removed.

Gravel borders

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 13:18

As long as they aren't given time to establish, it should be easy to remove weeds from a gravel bed as their roots won't have anything much to hang on to.  If a poor quality membrane has been used it is entirely possible that it has degraded and then weeds will establish much more quickly.

Evergreen 4in1 Complete

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 13:15

I'm guessing that the grass was wet when you applied the 4 in 1 as I've only ever had problems with overspill if it isn't swept off slabs before it rains, or the grass watered.  Sadly, once it does stain, it seems to be virtually impossible to remove although it does fade over time.

Birds nesting

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 17:41

Nat1969, from what you have said about a large tree being removed in the last year or 2 , it is far more likely that is the cause of the problem, not the remaining trees.  It might be worth contacting the insurers to ask if they are aware of the other tree being removed AND that your neighbours told you shortly after it was removed that they regretted having it done.

If you can show that the problem can't be directly connected to your trees it greatly weakens the neighbours case, and will possibly offer some assurance to the purchasers of your property.

Birds nesting

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 17:21

Advise the neighbours that the RSPB have told you it's an offence to disturb the nest and tell them you have put up CCTV to ensure that nobody does disturb it.  It doesn't matter whether you have put a camera up, it may be enough to make them back off.

If you are selling the house and there is an ongoing dispute with neighbours you must inform potential purchasers.

Unless the insurers have provided you with expert opinion, I would demand it before undertaking any work.  Are you certain the letter is actually from the insurer and not something the neighbour has created themselves?


Posted: 25/06/2017 at 17:14

This was discussed briefly on Beechgrove Garden today.  They had 3 suggestions.  Repeated pulling or hoeing weakens growth.  For large areas covering to totally exclude light, but that takes a long time to be effective.  Systemic weedkiller, repeated application, but the stems need to be bruised before application due to silica in the stems.

Pond - Preformed or Natural

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 21:38

A liner is far easier to install than a preformed pond.  Even the heavy duty fibreglass ponds are a pain to install because to the problems of levelling and backfilling.

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