Latest posts by KT53

Tree for very large pot

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 17:54

That's certainly a decent sized pot, but a large tree ie. something tall will still potentially be extremely unstable in high winds.

Turfed Lawn

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 11:11

To me the saddest part is that Grandad Al has, for the most part, done things the right way.  He has used a local contractor, not somebody who came knocking on the door offering to do work.  I don't have a problem with payment being made in cash, but would have wanted a written quote and receipt for the work done.

Yes there were "clues to see", but I think it's fair to say that most of us are honest and therefore expect to be treated honestly.  We're probably too trusting at times and there are those who prey on that.

Many years ago my mother needed her overgrown privet hedge cutting back.  Sadly she did give the job to a 'door knocker'.  She explained exactly what height she wanted it cut back to, but when they knocked for their money they had only taken it back about half way to the requested height.  They tried to claim it would cost the same again to take it down to the required level.  Mum had been taken in once and wasn't about to let it happen again.  She told them she would only pay half and couldn't pay any more until her son got home.  They asked when that would be and she told them about 5pm, she couldn't be completely certain because I worked for the police and might be delayed.

Oddly enough they never did come back for their money  Mum wasn't as daft as she looked, because although it was true that I worked for the police, it was in IT, and I didn't actually live at home any more.

What annoyed me though was that any time she did need the hedge cutting she used to phone me and I'd make the trip across to do it.  On this occasion she thought she could avoid bothering me!

Turfed Lawn

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 08:33

The actual cost isn't excessive, if a good and thorough job had been done.  It clearly hasn't.

If you have full details, quote etc. ask them to sort the problem and if they don't, contact Trading Standards or possibly consider the small claims court.

Turfed Lawn

Posted: 06/09/2016 at 08:31

Would I be right in thinking there was no written quote, payment was made in cash, and the only contact details you have is mobile phone number?

If any/all of the above apply I think you can kiss goodbye to the cash and any chance of getting them to come back and do the job properly.

If you do have full details, quote etc. ask them to sort the problem and if they don't, contact Trading Standards or possibly consider the small claims court.

The potting shed

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 22:34

If he ordered on line doesn't he have 14 days to reject it anyway?

Plant for privacy in front of house

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 22:12

As the hedge is all growing from within the garden, you could quite easily cut it back around the ironwork but retain the hedge to maintain privacy.  You might be surprised at just how quickly the hedge grows back where you've removed branches.  The work you have done will encourage it to bush out and fill the gaps.

Plant for privacy in front of house

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 17:41

If you can post a photo it will give a better idea of the garden size, and what you already have.  As Hostafan1 says, there seems little point in ripping out an established hedge and starting from scratch if it is possible to salvage the existing one.  Assuming the existing hedge can be salvaged, it will probably provide privacy again much faster than a newly planted hedge unless you buy large plants which will be costly.

Other Hobbies

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 14:57
fidgetbones says:

 Ha, so thats where the chinese ebay tomotoes are from.

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 Looks like a new 'glow in the dark' variety.  Helpful if you run out during the night.  You don't need a torch to find them in the greenhouse.

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 14:59

I also see the Tess Daley's dress designer hasn't improved.  This week's offering with the cutaway looked like a raw chicken leg sticking out.

Gardeners world going to try an hour long

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 14:44
Hostafan1 says:

kt, I know your default position is to contradict anything I say

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 I'm afraid to say you both flatter and delude yourself if you think that.  When I respond to posts I generally don't even register who has posted.  I'm replying to the content not the person.  I certainly don't go searching out posts by any individual with the purpose of contradicting them. 

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