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Latest posts by KT53

Garden edging

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:32

I've used the plastic edging from B&Q.  It does the job for me and it's pretty sturdy.  I used a piece of timber and a lump hammer to get it just below the level of the grass and it's virtually invisible.  I looked at the metal edging but the cost is very high as I need about 200 feet of the stuff.

new lawn on compacted clay

Posted: 22/02/2015 at 12:28

To clarify, are you saying your garden is 6 to 7 feet lower than your neighbours?  That's how I'm interpreting your original post.  If so I think you may have a problem with water from surrounding properties draining down onto your garden.  Add compacted clay to the equation and you could soon have a free swimming pool rather than lawn.

When gardens fight back

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 22:33

The bruising is multi-coloured at the moment.  I haven't killed the elder, just a bit of drastic pollarding I call it.  Anyway, have you ever tried to actually kill one?  There are some branches growing from near the base so I plan to let them grow, but keep the overall height down so I can keep it under control without climbing ladders.

When gardens fight back

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 21:40

There was a big elder tree growing at the bottom of our garden. It was best part of 20' high and shaded our neighbours garden for most of the day and our own in the late afternoon.  I decided to do the neighbourly thing and chop it down.  Not too much of a problem chopping the branches off as elder is pretty soft wood.  I even cut off about the top 6 - 8' of the main trunk without problem.  By this level the trunk was about 8" in diameter and more difficult to cut through.  I finally managed to cut it about 90% through when it decided to commit suicide and fell over my shoulder!  I was standing on a ladder at the time and although it missed most of me, it smacked my calf on the way down.  That smarted a bit I can tell you, and I've got a beautiful bruise for my troubles.

The moral of the story - keep the **** thing from growing that high in the first place.

My moto is recycle my garden & pocket likes it

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 21:31

The only part of your plan that I can see a problem with is using the thick poles for a pergola.  Unless they are given time to dry out before cutting to size they will probably twist and distort in a short time.

grass cutting

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 15:19

"Wait until grass starts growing...", like Verdun, my grass hasn't stopped all through the winter.  It's too wet to cut at present but I'm certainly going to have to do successive cuts at different settings to get it back under control.

soil sieves

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 14:23

As others have said - without more detail it's impossible to say if it's something I would use or not.  Size and weight both come into the equation, along with price.  At present I use a conventional wire grid seive and it works well.  It would need to be something quite special to move me on from that.  I'm not saying never...

Incidentally, for somebody seeking feedback on a potential product, your first reply comes across as somewhere between abrupt and downright rude.

Garden Claw

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 14:18

As long as the soil isn't too heavy it works really well.  I inherited mine when my mother died.  I've used it to open up the soil in the spring after it's been compacted by the winter weather.  The technique takes a bit of getting used to but much easier than forking or using a spade.

Left handed tools

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 21:34

The world is definitely, and not surprisingly, designed for righties as they are in the majority.  I like to think we lefties have quality over quantity .

I use a computer mouse with my left hand but haven't reversed the button as many lefties do.  That may be down to working in IT support for many years and having to move between computers a lot.  It would have been a real nuisance to have to change the mouse back and forth.

Battery Powered Lawn Mowers

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 21:30

Never used one but understand spare / replacement batteries can be very expensive.  Check the cost before you buy one.

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