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Latest posts by KT53

Noisy Mower

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 12:38

If it's been like that from new you should have raised it with (a) the place you bought it or (b) with Mountfield, at the time.  The Mountfield I had, had a sticker on it with contact details and it also said on the box not to return to the shop.  Mine was running far too slow and an e-mail to Mountfield resulted in instructions being sent through on how to make it run faster.  That did help but never really fixed the problem, as the cut quality was bad too..  I ended up getting rid of it and buying a Honda Izy instead.

However, we are where we are, so all you can really do it put it in to get it serviced.

This winter

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 08:21

The only predictions I would make are that the nights will be longer than in the summer and the days shorter.

This summer has been poor so I wouldn't even predict that there will be more rain!


Posted: 24/09/2015 at 08:18

Tarpaulin or plastic sheeting will prevent any moisture getting to the soil, is that what you are trying to do?  If not, you would be better to use weed suppression fabric.  You can get large rolls on-line so use 2 or 3 layers and weigh it down with bricks or blocks.

Horse tail or Mare's tail

Posted: 19/09/2015 at 12:53

Use of Roundup has certainly worked to a degree for me in the past.  I accept that it doesn't completely eradicate the problem, but seeing the growth above ground go black certainly indicates it has some effect.

Talkback: How to grow salad leaves in guttering

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 18:39

What has subtitles got to do with growing salad leaves???

I don't see any reason you couldn't grow salad leaves in lengths of guttering.  A friend of mine used to start her peas in that way and then move them into the garden when ready.

Horse tail or Mare's tail

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 18:35

I believe they don't like competition and where there is other strong plant growth they don't do so well.  That hasn't helped me much as I currently trying to remove them from an unused veg plot of about 25' by 12'.  I am actually going over the entire bed, using a garden fork shoved in to full depth and sifting each fork full by hand to remove as much of the growth as possible.  I'm under no illusions of eradicating it completely, but hopefully I will then be able to control new growth more effectively as it inevitably reappears.  I'm fortunate in having light soil which will crumble in my hands and allow me to remove the main growth quite easily.

The plan is to attack new growth, as it appears, by crushing the stems and applying Roundup or similar.

weeds and gravel

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 16:59

Spray the whole area with something like Roundup which will kill down to the roots.  It does take a little time but worth doing first.  Then remove the gravel and lay the weed barrier before replacing the gravel.  After that, any weeds which do appear will be easy to remove by hand.

Repotting an Orchid

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 22:09

It's unlikely that a Phalaenopsis orchid will need repotting after just a few months.  'Looking poorly' and dropping flowers is most likely down to either under, or more likely, over watering.  They ideally do want to be in clear pots although it's not essential.

How often have you been watering it, and how have you been watering it?

Is lawn edging popular?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:05

I should add that our soil is very light and the edge of the lawn tends to collapse easily if you step too close.  Even good lawn growth doesn't stop that happening.  That's one of the reasons I'm considering edging of some kind.  Also lawn edging doesn't mean you have to stick with straight borders.  Metal or plastic edging will form curves.

Is lawn edging popular?

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 11:59

I'm still considering whether to use edging or not.  Everedge is expensive but has the advantage over Smartedge that it can be set just below the lawn level, so the lawn doesn't need to be completely level.

Any permanent edging is obviously only practical once the border has been decided on as you clearly can't easily change the depth of the border once the edging has been installed.

As for being naff, I really don't understand the comment as either of the options above are invisible once the grass grows.  I don't like the edging options which stand proud of the grass because they make edging difficult.

Discussions started by KT53

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

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. 
Replies: 3    Views: 426
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: 431
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15
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