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petrol strimmers

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:33

The £50 Qualcast on the Argos site claims 35 minute charge.  That will be to totally dead battery so I would expect the power to be dropping by the time it's down to half charge so guess 20 minutes usable power.  I know battery power drop off is less linear these days so that may be a slight under estimate.

If you are thinking about gettin a spare battery check out the prices before you buy.  A work colleague got a 'bargain' mower from B&Q or Homebase a couple of years ago, with no battery.  The cost of a battery actually made the total cost higher than the original selling price!

Phyllostachys Aurea

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:22

I can only assume that ground conditions play a major part in whether or not bamboos become thugs or not.  It's a conversation that's been had many times on this forum but I have both aurea in nigra growing in my garden and had no problem with either.  They must have been in 20 years now and still form a large clump.  I do get the odd runner appear but either just break the growing tip off when it appears or mow over it.  No problems for me at all.

If you are do want to grow bamboo and are concerned about spread then get a rubber dustbin, cut the bottom out and sink it in the ground like a bottomless pot.  All the runners from my bamboo have been within about 6 inches of the surface so a decent bin will certainly contain them to a great extent.

Bargain shrubs

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:01

One of our local garden centres has an area for reduced plants.  They are simply past their flowering period but in great condition, as are all their plants.

petrol strimmers

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:59

Check out the 'multi-tools' on the Ideal World TV channel.  They have strimmer, brushwood cutter, hedge trimmer and chainsaw combo's at very reasonable prices.  I got one a couple of years ago and they really are good quality and value.  Not too heavy either, although I am a 6' bloke.  I genuinely believe my missus could use the strimmer although she shows no desire to prove my theory

Duckweed Eradication - Any experiences?

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:54

I have to confess that after several years of total duckweed coverage, despite using every method known to man, I filled the pond in and extended the patio.

Garden Design Computer Programme

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:57

I've looked at a few over the years and none of them have been any good.  I'm sure the pro stuff would be, but anything I've seen for the amateur has either been almost impossible to use for curved borders etc or the shapes available don't overlay properly so you can't show tall shrubs over ground cover for example.

I think your best bet to avoid digging up herbaceous that has died back is canes with labels on them!

Everedge steel lawn edging?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 19:38

I had previously suggest the plastic edging from B&Q.  Both my local places have stopped stocking it

Dinner time

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 22:06

My next door neighbour has a double row about 10 ft long and not a single bean has set on it this year.  Plenty of flower but no beans!

Hose

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:09

I would also say to look at the Hozelock range.  I wouldn't touch the Xhose type with a barge pole.  Heard too many bad reports about them and they can't be repaired if they are damaged.

ideas please to screen neighbours BIG shed!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 10:07

Unfortunately there is no 'right to light' in a garden so complaining to the local council on that basis would be pointless.  There may be an issue with planning depending on the size but if our local council is anything to go by they do nothing to enforce a planning decision anyway.  The neighbour of a work colleague built a 'conservatory' on his garage roof which overlooked my colleague's house and garden.  The council ordered him to take the conservatory down and he appealed.  They then said it could stay if all the glass facing other properties was replaced with obscured glass.  He simply ignored the ruling.  When my colleague approached the council to get them to enforce their ruling they said they had done all the could!

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