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Some like it hot!

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 08:25
Mary370 says:

Did anyone read the article about the guy who was sent home from work because he wore 'smart' shorts............he arrived back too the office wearing a dress!

I don't understand how women keep their make-up looking good in this weather, I would look like a grease ball.

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 When I worked for DWP (Dept for Work & Pensions) a guy was sent home for exactly the same thing.  We were a processing office, not public facing.  Management stated it was in the staff handbook that shorts weren't permitted.  When it was pointed out that leggings were also on the list of forbidden clothing, and that most of the women wore them, the response was "That's different" with no further explanation.  Yes, the Office Manager was a woman and she wore leggings.  It was actually taken up by the union and she finally backed down and permitted shorts to be worn.  This again was in an office with no aircon.

Garden higher than house

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 08:19

As has already been said, you need to get professional advice on the wall and get it soon.  The problem isn't going to go away and it's unlikely that the ground behind the wall is stable.  I would think that at the very least, part of that retaining wall is going to have to be rebuilt and that isn't a quick, easy or cheap job.  It is certainly not a job you should try to do for yourself or you could end up under 8' of soil.  You say the wall it 8' high and then seem to be saying that the garden actually continues to slope upwards.  How high above the lowest ground level is the top of the garden?

How to select a tradesman?  Ask other people locally, try 'Trusted Trader' or similar sites and ask for detail of other similar work they have done.  DO NOT simply go for the cheapest quote even if money is tight.

Sorry to say this, but it looks as if you have dived into the house purchase without properly assessing the issues and are now paying the price - literally.

More hozelock woe

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 08:15

Oddly enough I had the same problem with a Hozelock connector to a Hozelock reel.  Replaced the connector and I've had no further problem.  I suspect it's just a case that the retaining clip on the connector weakens over time, and the higher the pressure the greater the likelihood of failure.

Convert lawn into paving

Posted: 21/06/2017 at 08:11

For the job to be done properly you are looking at well over £100 per square metre, probably nearer double that.  It is a major undertaking.  From the photo it looks like something in excess of 100 square metres so you do the maths, preferably when sitting down.

As others have said, paving does require maintenance too, and if it doesn't get much sun can become slippery from algae and moss.  That needs to be cleaned annually and requires a decent pressure washer to do it.

Looking at the current state of the lawn I can certainly see why you're considering removing it, but it would be cheaper to get somebody to come in and look at ways of recovering it.  A local garden centre or nursery should be able to put you onto somebody who can help.

Jobs You Hate Doing

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 11:44

I don't like doing that either.  I keep getting the number of A's wrong

New grass going brown help

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 08:36

If you paid £350 to get that small area done I'm wondering where they hitched the horses whilst doing the work.   That's bye the bye now, but I would invest in a sprinkler for under £20 to ensure you get even water coverage and water morning and evening until the weather breaks, and then you'll probably still need to water at least once a day for a couple of weeks to get it to establish.  Grass is tough so will probably come through given time.

Newly laid turf yellow

Posted: 20/06/2017 at 08:31

I would invest in a sprinker.  That will give much better coverage than standing with a hose for 20 minutes.  This weather I'd be looking at a minimum of 30 minutes morning and evening with a sprinker, and make sure it's covering the entire area, or move after 30 minutes to get the rest.

You've been unfortunate in laying turf just as the temperature rockets.

too much barley straw in pond

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 17:15

To clear the pond using barley straw doesn't require huge amounts.  A few large handfuls, wrapped in fine netting of some sort will be enough for most ponds - it doesn't need a bale in there, that will just rot and make the problem worse.

You don't need to go to the expense of using essence of anything either.  Just plain old barley straw.

Which plants would you relegate to the compost heap... for good?

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 17:57
Dovefromabove says:

There were several threads on White Feather a few years back - I don't think anyone who grew it was pleased with it ... this one stuck in my mind ... 


If Bowdens can't grow it then I probably can't either 

Last edited: 15 June 2017 12:57:39

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 Funnily enough White Feather is the only hosta I've ever had that has just given up and died on me.  I've got loads of others which all thrive.

As for personal choice for the compost heap it has to be Red Hot Poker, Kniphofia.  I absolutely loathe the plant for no logical reason.  I'd also put hyacinths in, and that is because I can't stand the scent.

Blackwall Water Butt

Posted: 17/06/2017 at 17:53

Probably a good idea to do it whilst we still have the hot weather.  The top and the hooks are more likely to bend than snap.

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