Latest posts by KT53


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 18:15

Some ratchet loppers will probably take branches up to about 1 1/2 inches but, above that, as fidget said, you are better off with a pruning saw.  I had a ratchet pruner which really opened wide, but anything I've seen recently doesn't open anything like as much.

Recommendation for Lawn Edging

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 17:15

Maybe I'm just soft, but I wouldn't describe taking a hammer and chisel to 6 inch wide concrete edging as 'easy'

im so glad that gw is on for 1h

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 16:49

The urban garden section seems more like 60 Minute Makeover, or Changing Rooms.  Looks fine as long as you don't look too closely - or come back to see how it's lasted.

I've enjoyed Carol's more in-depth pieces.


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 14:10
Lily Pilly says:

Hi my favourite for your space would be a Rowan "Joseph Rock"

See original post

 They already have that if I read the OP correctly.  I was going to suggest something similar.

im so glad that gw is on for 1h

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 14:07

I wasn't as impressed with the second programme, having loved most of the first.  There were more sections where I felt myself reaching for the remote to do some channel hopping.  Inevitable I suppose when they are adding more content.  I still feel the weakest part is the urban gardening stuff.

Recommendation for Lawn Edging

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 14:05

The other thing to bear in mind is that once you've put some form of edging in it obviously limits the ability to modify the borders.  I've used plastic edging in the past and it's partly done the job, in that it does make removal of grass overgrowing, and weed ingress, into the borders easier.  If I was going to put permanent edging in again I would bite the bullet and get good quality metal edging.  It's used in parks and large gardens as it avoids the need to constantly recut the edges and prevents edge collapse with heavy footfall.

I'm glad I haven't put anything permanent in yet as, although I was sure at the time that I was happy with the line of the borders, I have since started to reconsider the lines.  Yes, I could have removed metal edging and reused it but it would have been a lot of work.  I do have problems with some of the grass edges collapsing but haven't been able to work out why yet.  None gets any more traffic than the rest, and some is still solid.

Just the wonders of gardening I guess.


Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:55

One that appeals to me, and I'm probably going to get for our back garden, is the Snakeskin Maple Acer capillipes)

fill hole where pond was

Posted: 10/09/2016 at 13:51
thomas leng says:
Thanks. Will fill bottom with rubble and then top with soil. Will leave to resettle. Its a fair size! Just emptying has been a mammoth task!!!! See original post

 You will have to accept that there will be a lot of settling over time.  I have a raised bed, roughtly 2 foot deep,  where the bottom 9" or so were filled with rubble and then filled up to the top with soil.  That was 3 years ago and the soil level has dropped by between 6 and 8 inches as it drops into the gaps in the rubble and compresses and consolidates under the effect of weather.  It's hard to understand how the soil level can drop by an amount almost equal to the initial depth of rubble, but it has.

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 19:26
Hostafan1 says:

From the comments above I see kt is still being as vile as ever it was. 

Handy ignore button sorted it out for me thankfully.

See original post

 It clearly didn't as you're still moaning

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 19:25
Beaus Mum says:

KT3 that's a bit rude re "wrinkles" you'll be old one day too!

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 It won't be 'one day' Beaus Mum / Joyce 21- I actually am one!  The point I was making was that Wyevale isn't really a place for people interested in gardening any more.  Coachloads of people, wrinkly or otherwise, are disgorged at regular intervals at our local one and simply head straight to the cafe.  Wyevale is really little more than a glorified motorway service station now.

Last edited: 09 September 2016 19:27:45

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