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Posted: 20/05/2014 at 17:28

Sorry, I misread your original post and thought it was you wanting to get rid of it from your garden.  Dave has already given the answer for them getting rid.  Certainly remove as much as possible first.

Need some petrol lawn mower recommendations please

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 22:32

The place I bought my Honda mower from put them above Atco and on par with a company I'd never heard of 'Masport' (Aussie company apparently) which have aluminium decks.  Above that they put John Deer, but in their words "They are expensive for most people's needs".

I was impressed that all the guy I was speaking to did was answer my questions and didn't pressure us in any direction.  It was only when I asked the standard question "If you were buying which would you go for?" that he offered his direct opinion.  Even then he did qualify it by saying it was 90 quid dearer than the Atco.

He explained the differences between the mowers thoroughly, and the potential advantages / drawbacks of the different items.  In all they must have had the best part of 50 mowers on display.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 22:17

News to me about lily beetle.  The little ******* are around in numbers already this year.

Getting rid of the bamboo is definitely a job you need to do before it becomes a major problem.  What you really need is some sort of barrier to stop it spreading.  If you can dig a channel about a foot deep and drop cheap paving slabs on edge it will certainly greatly reduce any spread into your garden.  Most bamboo runners aren't far below the surface.

Need some petrol lawn mower recommendations please

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:43

Purely on the basis of my personal experience - don't touch Qualcast with a barge pole.

I don't think you'll find electric start mowers at either B&Q or Homebase.  Also bear in mind that if you do have a problem with a mower from either it will have to go back to the manufacturer / distributor to be fixed.  If you purchase from a specialist they will generally have the expertise to fix it in-house.

I know in law any problems are the responsibility of the retailer but you will see on the boxes and on the mowers instructions to contact the manufacturer.

If you let us know your general location somebody might be able to make a specific recommendation.

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:38
obelixx wrote (see)

Beechgrove provides a factsheet which can be downloaded each week so you can check plant names.

I didn't know that.  Thanks very much.

Raising a lawn

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:36

You require 250 cubic feet or approximately 10 cubic yards of topsoil.  I'll let somebody else attempt any conversion to cubic metres

As Dave says, just laying more topsoil won't fix the problem. You need to sort the drainage problem first.

Need some petrol lawn mower recommendations please

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:34

I can't help on the specifics but would suggest finding a specialist supplier in your area and speaking to them.  B&Q and the like are OK as box shifters as long as you don't need advice but your requirements are quite specific

Buy cheap pay twice...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 15:32

I know cheap is a comparative term but I've learnt that lesson with petrol mowers.  I had a Flymo petrol mower for years but when that died I bought a Mountfield which lasted about 4 years and then a Qualcast which was rubbish from the day I got it.  Grass cutting was uneven, it was the noisiest mower I've ever owned and even on a highish cut setting it managed to scalp parts on the lawn at random.

I've just invested in a Honda at twice the price and already the difference in cut quality is obvious.  When buying it I got into conversation with a customer who had had one for over 20 years so hopefully this will give similar service.

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 15:25

I think there is generally something of interest for me in any GW programme.  It's certainly more relevant to the average gardener than Top Gear is for the average driver!

I do think that on occasion things are said on GW without thinking about how the comment will be perceived.  This week Monty referred to his small greenhouse and then the shot revealed on which would probably be bigger than the average modern garden.

I do like the absolutely down-to-earth presentation on Beechgrove Garden but was irritated today when watching it to realise that they don't put captions up when showing plants.  The section in question was one about plants for N, E, S & W facings fences.  My hearing isn't great at times and I struggled to catch the names.

No idea how to start on overgrown garden

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 15:51

Sounds like you need somebody with a strimmer or brush cutter to chop the weeds down as a first step.

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