Latest posts by KT53

Has Trump completely lost the plot?

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 08:39

Seeing him ranting on yesterday that the problem wasn't that his National Security Advisor had lied, but that the fact of him lying had been made public, made me question (even more than previously) just how capable he is of doing the job.

He comes from a background of always being able to get his own way, and never having to consider the opinion of anybody else.  That might have made him lots of money, but doesn't make for a successful or effective politician.

Low maintenance into a lawn

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 08:36

The garden will get more sun in the summer months but I'd still be concerned about just how much of the time it will be in shade.  You may well be successful with lawn in the current gravel area, but the patio is almost completely shaded either by the house itself or, later in the day, by the wall and garage.

Moss removal? Hard surfaces AND grass

Posted: 16/02/2017 at 08:30

I'd love to know of a product which does that job too.  I've only had moss/algae problems on the patio for the past couple of years, I'm assuming it's the mild winters enabling it to survive and thrive.  I do currently use a pressure sprayer on the paving slabs, but not on block paving because is blast the sand from between the blocks, creating even more work.

Brian, what have you used which didn't work?  That knowledge could help us avoid wasting our money too

Something to cover side of neighbours house

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 13:39

I would be very nervous of planting a bamboo, described by the RHS as 'vigorous' anywhere near a house.  The only way I would consider it is if it was contained in some way.  For example by digging down a couple of feet and enclosing in paving slabs set on edge to stop runners spreading.  I know it's also described as clump forming, but a plant which will grow that high needs to be tamed.

Something to cover side of neighbours house

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 08:14

I'd go with the trellis / post and straining wires suggestion.  Nothing then directly affecting the neighbours property so there can't be disputes later.  As others have said, trees really aren't a practical proposition in this case.

Lining pond pots.

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 08:10

Weed control fabric will certainly work for lining the baskets.  Just make sure there's enough to be able to wrap it around the neck of the plants, and to cover it with gravel or pebbles to stop the fish digging into it for goodies. 

Madpenguin - it's a brilliant idea for raising the baskets on pond shelves.  The cushion can be made to exactly the height required.

grass free garden conversion(Work in progress)

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 12:48

Incredible amount of hard work, but looks to be worth the effort.  In my young and foolish days I dug up the old patio and path and laid about 180 slabs in total.  Just thinking about it now makes my back and knees hurt.

Recommend a plant/herb to reduce joint pain.

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 12:44

There were reports some years ago about the use of bee stings to treat arthritis, I guess that nettles are really just a variation on the theme.

Bad knees

Posted: 14/02/2017 at 12:42

For me, although getting up and down is awkward, the real problem is weight bearing on the knees.  I have some really good knee pads but even with those I can only kneel for about 10 minutes at a time maximum.  I've got problems with wear to the back of the kneecaps and have had surgery to realign them.  Kneeling without pads is like kneeling on pebbles.

Global warming

Posted: 13/02/2017 at 17:02
Dovefromabove says:

That sort of supports the theory of global warming. 

Global warming doesn't mean that our weather is getting warmer - it means that our weather patterns are becoming more and more erratic. 

See original post

 Er - no.  Global warming does mean the weather is getting warmer, the clue is in the term.  The use of the term was one of the reasons so many people railed against the claims that were being made in the first place. We've had some of the coldest winters, as well as some of the mildest, since the claims for 'global warming' were made.

Climate change means weather patterns are changing.

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