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Latest posts by KT53

Preventing root growth/ spread

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 19:29

Nigra isn't anything like as vigorous as Aurea, but if you want to play safe you could set 9" (225mm) paving slabs on edge, finishing just below ground level.  They will help contain the roots and shoots.

Garden Fencing

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 20:43

I have to say that I think your new fence looks terrible.  I suspect the very dark slats are made from timber which has got damp before it was treated and if so it's unlikely ever to match the rest.  Your neighbours fence has been coloured, either before or after installatoin, which is why the colour is much more uniform. 

You could do the same, but I suspect that because there is so much difference in initial slat colour on your the end result will not be as uniform.

I can't give a sensible reason for the gaps between the slats other than the fence manufacturer is rubbish!  I have a close boarded fence and there are no gaps.  "Wind gaps"???? I don't think so.

Christmas stuff in shop

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:35

Bookertoo asks if people have ever thought about it from the other point of view; my point of view is the near impossibility of purchasing a birthday card for my nephew who has a birthday in late November!  I don't, for a number of reasons, want to purchase cards too early and believe me I have very good reasons for that!!

The way things are going we'll have Easter eggs in the shops by November.  A couple of years ago one of the consumer programmes on TV looked at the ever earlier Christmas product placement and showed a Christmas cake with a 'Best before' label of mid November.  That truly is commercialism gone mad.

HELP!!!mini tiller marketing research

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 20:27

A lightweight tiller is unlikely to do a decent job without the user having to apply excessive downward pressure.  In part it is the weight of the tiller which helps it get down into the soil.  I have a Mantis tiller and think it's a great tool for areas which don't justify the use of heavy duty rotovators.  I last used mine a few days ago to turn over an area about 10' by 15' and did the whole area, to a depth of about 9" in under half an hour.  It's now ready for winter planting.  The available accessories cover all of my needs although the ony one I've purchased so far is the lawn edger.  Used once, to get a good clean line on about 200' of border, it cost about £30 and even if it's never used again (which is unlikely) it was worth the cost in time and effort saving over either a spade or half moon edger.

from pot to garden

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 17:40

I'm from the opposing camp to Verdun as I have 3 different bamboos and none of them have been invasive.  They've been in the garden many years without a problem.

That said, without knowing the variety I would err on the side of caution and put some sort of containment around it if you plant it in the garden.  A rubber, rather than plastic, dustbin with the bottom cut out would do the job.

Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 17:36

You could always try fitting stronger springs and using it as a pogo stick all over the lawn

Disappointed with new shed.. how far to take it.

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 22:20

I think £705 for a 10x8 shed is pretty good value, but that isn't the point.  If you aren't happy with the treatment & it doesn't match what was on display then hold out for proper compensation.  Work out how long it would take to treat the shed and calculate the effective labour cost.  Ask for that, plus a bit, in compensation.

As for the 9'7" as opposed to 10', I think you will probably find that somewhere in the small print they will say all sizes are approximate.  Also, are you measuring the total length, including any roof overhang?

EEEK!!! orange ants

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:18

They're Essex Ants.  Fake orange spray tan is a dead giveaway

Pick Axe

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 20:12

A pickaxe head will generally jam itself onto the shaft pretty effectively without the use of wedges.  Just use it's own weight and drop it, top end down as in the picture, onto concrete a couple of times and it should hold fast.

I've never had a problem with the head sliding down the shaft in use.

Fence issue

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 22:26

Concrete posts, 12" gravel boards and conventional timber panels above should solve all the problems permanently.

Discussions started by KT53

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Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

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

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 21:25

Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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