Latest posts by KT53

How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 08:20

I know it's tempting fate, but nearly 3 months on from applying copper tape to all of my hosta pots and not one of them has been attacked.

Indoor plants orchid display

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:23

Wow, the bark is expensive.  If you know the name of any of the exhibitors you could try contacting them for suppliers.

Leaking ponds

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:19

The runners from bamboo will take the line of least resistance so if one has come that way its mates will probably follow.  Cut a slot about 12" deep all around the main bamboo clump and trace and remove any runners you find.  It's rare for them to go deeper than that, although it can happen.  I would then use 12" paving slabs on edge to surround the bamboo to keep it where you want it.

I had a bamboo for years which was contained and behaved beautifully.  We had work done in the garden and the numpties who did the work removed the barrier, and I didn't realise they had done so at the time.  Within 2 years I was seeing bamboo coming up all over the lawn.  Eventually I removed the main bamboo clump and traced the runners and removed them.  It was hard work, and quite a bit of repair work was needed on the lawn, but worth it in the end.

Repairing the liner will be straightforward as you have an obvious hole.  Go to anywhere that sells ponds and liners and they will have repair kits.  You'll need to drop the water to a couple of inches below the hole but the patch will do the trick.

Dying turf

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:12

It's possible that whatever has leeched out of the bark over the years has affected the soil.  It certainly seems very odd that turf laid 2 or 3 months ago hasn't rooted sufficiently to prevent it being lifted.  When we had turf laid it had bonded within a couple of weeks.

As even weeds don't grow in the ground it would seem that there is a problem with the soil.

New lawn ruined

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:05

The mixture of warm and wet weather has meant that the grass has grown faster than normal.  So, although you have done the right thing by allowing it to establish before mowing, it's likely that even at the highest setting the mower has struggled.

The good news is that grass is extremely tough, and it will recover.  Give it a few days to recover and then cut again - at a high setting.  Repeat about once a week if this weather pattern continues, lowering the cut slightly each time.  I wouldn't go down any more than one setting above the minimum.

Base for a low gabion wall

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 09:20

Too late now, but a much cheaper and easier option would have been to put 30 cm concrete gravel boards at the bottom of each fence panel.

Pond repair advice needed

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 14:35

Box liner would either be fibreglass custom made to fit the current dimensions, or butyl rubber also made to measure.  Vertical sides of a rectangle aren't really suitable to lining with a conventional butyl sheet.  Far too many creases to try to hide.

Best Free Garden Design App

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 21:47

I did a quick search for professional garden design software.  One from the USA is over £1000, and the other UK based product is pricing on request (which to me translates as very expensive).

Hampton Court Show problem

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 11:43

I thought there was a minimum value of purchase before the credit/debit card company will get involved.

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 11:39

With a problem as severe as described you really should contact the police.  This isn't a case of an opportunist pinching something which just happens to be there, this is planned.

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