Latest posts by KT53

Old boundary fence becomes legal?

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 13:29

The neighbour is wrong.  There is something in law about gaining ownership of land if it has been unclaimed by the rightful owner for an extended period and a new 'owner' has fenced it.  I don't know the details of the law, but the timescale required is a lot more than 8 years.

Feeding yew hedge with a folia spray liquid seaweed

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 13:27

Yew has a waxy coating on it, so I wonder if it will actually absorb foliar feed.

Dahlia nibbling!

Posted: 09/08/2017 at 22:42

Do earwigs also eat the leaves, or is that down to slugs and snails?

pond leaking

Posted: 08/08/2017 at 22:47

AuntyRach, if the level falls more when the waterfall is running it suggests either a leak in the waterfall or the pipe supplying it.  Alternatively, water may be going over the side of the waterfall at some point.  Check for any wet patches around the waterfall and pipe once it's been running for a while.

Why does my bed look rubbish?!

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 12:28

Plants take time to establish and to grow.  You've taken the sensible option of spacing them to give them root to grow, but the downside is that there is currently space for weeds to develop.  As we all know, Murphy's Law states that things you don't want will intially grow much faster than those you do want.

All you can do is weed regularly, water and feed well, and mulch to suppress the weeds.  In time, and it may be a couple of years, the plants will expand and greatly reduce the weed problem.

Dispute with Neighbour

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 20:31

Any problems affecting the property and neighbour problems should have been declared by the vendors.  You need to check with whoever carried out your conveyancing to see if they did.  Whether or not there is an issue with the surveyor will depend on they type of survey requested.  If it was simply the basic valuation required by the banks and building societies, there would be no requirement for the surveyor to comment on the soil level of adjoining properties.  The damp probably should have been reported as that would have an effect on the property value.

Giving unwanted plants a new home

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 20:26

If the OP is only in the process of buying a new house it may well be into the autumn before they are actually in a position to uplift the plants.  They'll certainly have a much greater chance of survival if that is the case.


Posted: 05/08/2017 at 13:20
Nick Fareham says:

I for one completely understand where C75 is coming from. 

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 So do I.  It's all about NOT living in a goldfish bowl.  I'm certainly not doing anything untoward in my house, but still don't want people gawping in all the time.  That's why we have vertical blinds; they let the light in and still provide a good level of privacy.

We thankfully haven't had problems with our immediate neighbours, but the house behind us installed a trampoline, and for the whole of one summer we had to put up with the seemingly constant screaming of kids on it.  A peaceful summer in our garden it was not.  Had that trampoline been close to our house it would have driven me nuts.  Thankfully the novelty seemed to wear off after one summer and we never had any more problems.

weeding borders

Posted: 04/08/2017 at 13:46

Poor from my experience.  The head is so small it simply bounces off any small stones.  I have another similar tool from a different manufacturer which has a much deeper head and works far better.  The speed weeder also started to rust very quickly.


Posted: 04/08/2017 at 13:39
Dovefromabove says:

I just think it's so sad when neighbours are regarded as strangers

Last edited: 04 August 2017 10:48:55

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 I agree with the idea, but not everybody does.  We've lived in the same house for nearly 30 years and do get on well with the neighbours.  The only exception is the people who move in 2 doors down from us a few years ago.  I tried speaking to them when I saw them in their front garden and was completely blanked by them.  I spoke to our immediate neighbour and he said he was given exactly the same treatment.  There is virtually no communication between them and any of their neighbours.

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