Latest posts by KT53

Pricing structure

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 22:52

I have to confess that when I wanted gardening work done I didn't ask what formal qualifications those quoting had.  I was more interested in what they were going to do, how they were going to do, and the price.  Had I ended up accepting any of the quotes I would also have asked for references of other work they had done.  The only reason I didn't go the route above is that the person I had been chasing for months to do the work got back to me.  Turned out he'd been out of the country for a while and just got back.  I knew his work so didn't need the references.

I certainly don't think the figure you are suggesting are over the top, but the final arbiter will be the customer.

Copper Tape

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 19:41

Copper tape worked a treat for my hostas.  Finally got holes chewed a couple of weeks ago and that's likely to be for the reasons given by pansyface.

Lovely neighbours

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 08:48

Good neighbours are worth their weight in gold.  Ours are wonderful although sadly the husband, my gardening mentor, died about 18 months ago.  I still expect to see him wandering down the garden as there was barely a day went by when he wasn't out there.

Even after he had major abdominal surgery he wanted to help.  I was removing bamboo runners just a couple of weeks after he got home, and it wasn't easy doing it by myself.  Suddenly I heard a voice "I can't pull them but I can hold them up while you get under them".  He simply couldn't not help.

Wonderful memories. 

Tree roots cracking wall

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 08:40

If this has happened after only 2 years I would be questioning the construction of the wall.  It should have been reinforced to support the weight of soil behind it.  If that had been done properly I wouldn't expect 2 years of root growth to have that much effect.

The dreaded 'C' is back

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 12:25

Hope everthing goes well for you Mike.  As for epidural versus general - I'd want to be knocked out and have no idea what they're doing, but it comes down to the medical advice and an element of personal choice.  My brother-in-law recently had a hip replacement under epidural!  Sod that for a game!!!!

Petrol tool repair needed

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 21:14

Places which service mowers generally work with all types of garden tools.  Just have a search for mower repairs for your local area.

sSoil preparation before turf laying ,please help

Posted: 22/09/2017 at 16:07

Freshly deposited topsoil will have a lot of air trapped in it so it will compress a lot when you stand on it.  The last thing you need to do is water it, you need it to dry out to a state where you can walk on it in order to rake it level.

Beyond that the process is as described above by Dave Humby.

What lubricant for electric hedge cutter?

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 22:25

I've used 3 in 1 and WD40 over the years with no obvious ill effect on any garden plants. 

Ponds & Metal Grids

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 12:50

I would go with galvanised for two reasons.  (1) It is considerably cheaper (2) it has a matt finish and is therefore less "in your face" than stainless.

Garden Sleepers

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 09:07

Drilling won't cause any problems with pressure treated timber.  When my garden was done they used 6mm reinforcing rods driven through the sleepers and about 18" into the ground.

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