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Opinion about watering assistance

Posted: 12/10/2017 at 15:26

That's been my experience too Obelixx.  Only time we had a problem was when we went away for 2 weeks when it was very hot and didn't have anybody to come in to water.  Lost a load then.  After that, when we were going away, I moved them into a sheltered area outside and stood them in trays filled with gravel and water.  Perfect when we got home. (Apologies to Eliott for moving off topic)


Posted: 12/10/2017 at 15:20

I had visions of a WWII army backpack when I read the thread title.  If the plants have survived all the systemic weedkillers used, I'd be surprised if burning the tops off would be any more successful in the long term.  You'd also need to be careful not to cause the York stone to crack or flake.

Opinion about watering assistance

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 17:59

Our orchids seem to thrive on neglect.  As long as you spot them before the flower buds all go brown they seem to recover.

Opinion about watering assistance

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 17:58
WillDB says:

I find it hard to keep orchids happy as they like slightly moist but not wet soil... because you aren't watering them all the time, I forget to water them... that's the only area I could see myself using this sort of thing.

See original post

 It depends on the orchid type.  The Phalaenopsis type just need dunking in water for 10 minutes or so about once a week to keep them happy.  As they don't have soil around the roots, and seem to prefer clear pots, these pots just wouldn't really work for them.

As others have said, I suspect there are enough people out there who would get sucked into the latest gimmick for it to be financial successful for a short time at least.  At one time pots with a water reservoir with a wick into the pot were very popular, I recall seeing anything like that for a long time.  Maybe I just don't notice anymore.

Opinion about watering assistance

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 09:18

The amount of water required will vary between types of plant so I don't understand how that can be factored into a system based simply on colour change.  There are moisture meters available on the market now and you only need one to be able to check all your pots.  That has to be a much cheaper option than pots which provide the indication.

I think your idea is fundamentally flawed.

Bamboo gone wild

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 08:09

Sadly I have to agree with everybody else - the only real option is to dig out as much as possible.  Applying Roundup or similar to the leaves of any bits which reappear may work, but the bulk has to be removed manually.

Robot mower wire layout advice

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 19:06

I'm assuming the wire indicates the outer limit of the area to be cut.  That being the case I would suggest laying as option 1 but with the wires inside the legs of the arch.

It might be worth doing a temporary setup for a small area either side of the arch and see if the mower does what it's supposed to.

Removing established trees

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 16:00

If the tree is being professionally removed, get them to remove the stump and as much of the major root growth as possible at the time.  Then fill the hole with soil, that should minimise any potential movement.

rotavating grass areas

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 08:12

If you are converting lawn to flower beds you are better off removing the existing grass as hogweed and Fairygirl have suggested.  There is a probability that the grass will regrow in the flower beds if it's just dug in using a rotovator.  If you do decide to rotovate I would hire one as you are going to need one with quite a bit of power.

Pricing structure

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 22:52

I have to confess that when I wanted gardening work done I didn't ask what formal qualifications those quoting had.  I was more interested in what they were going to do, how they were going to do, and the price.  Had I ended up accepting any of the quotes I would also have asked for references of other work they had done.  The only reason I didn't go the route above is that the person I had been chasing for months to do the work got back to me.  Turned out he'd been out of the country for a while and just got back.  I knew his work so didn't need the references.

I certainly don't think the figure you are suggesting are over the top, but the final arbiter will be the customer.

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