Latest posts by KT53

Electric/Petrol lawn edger/trencher

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 18:12

I got the edger when we had the new lawn laid.  I had over 200 feet of edging to do and clearly that was much quicker and easier with the powered tool.

Sums up my weekend

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 18:10

Middle of last week I applied the 4 in 1 weed and feed.  Instructions say to water if it doesn't rain within a few days.  Checked the forecast today - no rain.  Got the sprinkler out and did the lawn, which is about 100 ft long so a bit of dragging the sprinkler about.

Guess what happened about an hour after I finished??  That right it started raining.

Add that to getting a call on Friday evening to tell me that a close relative has died, plus a lady at the door at 8am today to say somebody had smashed the rear screen of the car, and you will see it ain't be a great Bank Holiday.

Incidentally, they can't fix the car window until Thursday because of the Bank Holiday.  I think I'll go and hide under the duvet.

Using shredded ivy

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 11:35

One of three things may happen.  Either it will be slippery under foot, or it will dry out and blow everywhere, or small pieces will reroot where they contact bare earth.  I wouldn't use it or put it into compost heap.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:34

Just watched the first hour long GW of the season and delighted to see little or nothing which I would think of as padding to fill the time.

Electric/Petrol lawn edger/trencher

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:32

The Mantis tiller has all manner of attachments available.  I use the lawn edger and it works well for me.  It saves a lot of time and gives a cleaner cut than using a half moon edging tool.

Electric Tiller

Posted: 15/04/2017 at 11:30

I use a Mantis petrol tiller and think that is great.  My concerns around electric ones are their lack of weight makes them more likely just to bounce across the surface, and I have doubt about the power of the electric motor in heavier ground.


Posted: 13/04/2017 at 21:17

The biggest problem I have with blackbirds is making sure I don't stand on them or stab them with a fork when I'm in the garden  They really are cheeky little beggars and will cuss at me if I stay in one area too long because they want to get down amongst the grubs.

Some good gardening advice

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 11:40
honeyandeggs says:

One thing I always do when I go to DIY stores and garden centres is look out for the nearly dead stuff. If it's a perennial it's usually fine really - a lot of the plants haven't been watered sufficiently most of the time. There's also the double bonus if you can divide the plants

See original post

 One of our local garden centres really looks after their plants exceptionally well, so real bargains can be had when plants have passed their flowering period or aren't looking their best.  They have massive reductions of up to 75% but aren't on their last legs. 

Other GCs just seem to chuck such plants in a corner and forget about them.

Is scotts lawn builder organic?

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 11:35

I've just looked on the website and they do have a link for advice by e-mail, I'd contact them direct.  It seems to be a US/Canada product so it's unlikely many people on this UK based site will have much experience of it.

Non-gardening - plastic bags!

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 15:27

If you don't want to make screw holes on the inside of the door you can get self adhesive hooks instead.

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Please sign the petition

to Carol Kirkwood for summer weather! 
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