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Latest posts by KT53

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 18:52

The most effective method I have found is to pull the existing weed by hand then wait until new growth is a few inches high.  Walk all over it to bruise / break stems and then spray with Roundup at it's strongest recommended solution.  Finally cover with weed suppressing fabric.  It probably will reappear over time, but if you catch it early it should at least be controllable.


Posted: 19/07/2015 at 18:48

Phyllostachys nigra isn't generally a problem, but I have been saying the same about my Phyllostachys aurea for years and now have to eat my words about it.  We had a lot of work done on our garden 2 years ago and I didn't realise that the people doing the work had ripped out the timber edging I had around the bamboo.  It wasn't obvious as the edging was covered by grass. It was only at the end of last season that I spotted the odd bamboo shoot showing in the lawn.  Even then I just snapped them off and thought no more about it.  I've literally just come back from holiday today, so the lawn hasn't been mowed for 3 weeks, to discover 2 distinct rows of shoots coming up through the lawn.  Next job is to treat all that growth with strong weed killer and then start digging out the main bamboo clumps.

The bamboo had been perfectly well behaved for over 20 years prior to that.  It does show that it can be contained - until you have idiots working in the garden.  Sadly, these idiots were a long established local garden design and maintenance company.

Xhose collapsible hosepipe bursting

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:31

Unfortunately, if you search "x hose problems" you will have no shortage of hits.  From what I have read, it's not possible to repair them so you'll either need to get a replacement under warranty or put it down to experience and go back to using standard hoses.  At least with a normal hose, if it springs a leak it can be repaired.

Problem with black bamboo

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:27

As others have said, that definitely ain't bamboo.  It looks more like one of the weeds with which I do regular battle in the garden.

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

That's a thought Pete.  It'll have to wait until we get back to give time to experiment. 

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 18:29

Thanks Barry & Pete.  The Hozelock and Gardena systems are very similar and the hole into the feeder hose is made by the 'bee-sting' spike.  The system does work very well and, as Pete says, the drip isn't a major problem.  It would just have been nice to stop it if there was a simple solution.

Mine is now watering 4 hanging baskets, 2 troughs and over 20 tubs of various sizes.  I can go away on holiday reasonably confident that they will survive this weather.  The only 'problem' is that all the outlets run at the same rate of 4 litres/hour.  It would be nice to have lower output for the small pots.  A very minor complaint as the excess water runs off anyway.

Designing a garden while keeping it classy and natural

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 11:23

It's all down to personal choice at the end of the day.  I see many gardens where my reaction is "Ye Gods, that's hideous", but presumably the owner thinks it's fabulous.  They may well think the same about mine but I don't care.

I've just read the Daily Mail article and can't work out whether it is intended to be tongue-in-cheek or serious.  If tongue-in-cheek it really hasn't worked, and it serious the writer just comes across as a total **** (insert the word of your choice)

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 18:31

We're clearly talking about different systems.  No brass push and twist connectors, no O-rings on the Hozelock systems.  Thanks for trying to help anyway.

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 19:39

This is a microbore system.  The main feed is 13mm with 4mm feeder pipe.  The connection is made by making a hole in the 13 mm and inserting a 4mm connector.  The connector pushes in and is then tightened.  If overtightened it just rotates.


Posted: 29/06/2015 at 17:42

The care he lavishes on the lawn is obsessive and then some, but he's doing nobody any harm and it does look incredible.

Discussions started by KT53

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: Today at 22:08

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

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? 
Replies: 5    Views: 387
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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Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 12:40
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