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Latest posts by KT53

what is this fly

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 15:03

Don't worry about it Ken.  What's done is done and there are many who are quick to judge others too!

Fibre-glass switchers - your personal experience please

Posted: 25/08/2015 at 17:29

No personal experience of them, but a guy on Gardeners World, who is obsessive about his lawn uses one.  From that I guess that it works well.

Different coloured wooden sleepers when wet?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 16:56

I suspect the concern is about whether some have absorbed a lot of water and, if so, should they have done.  I wouldn't expect treated timber to change colour as much as shown in the photo's, assuming they were all the same colour before the rain.

Certainly none of the sleepers used for my raised beds do so.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 20:08

For the area you have to do it might be worth hiring something more powerful than a Mantis if you want to avoid a manual 'winter dig'.  If you're happy to do that winter dig by hand then the Mantis will certainly do the job in the spring to break up the remaining lumps.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 16:36

The Mantis can jump around a bit until you get used to handling it as it doesn't have the weight of a full size rotovator.  I've never had a problem starting it though.  The place I bought it showed me the technique, which is to open the choke, give 2 pulls with the choke open (it starts and then cuts out), close the choke and 1 pull starts it properly.  Sounds like a faff about but quickly becomes 2nd nature.  I was also told to leave it idling for a minute before starting to use it.  Obeying that advice and never had any problem.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:34

The walking backwards bit did take some getting used to but once you learn the technique it does work well.  You can you is moving forwards but it tends to create piles of earth doing it that way.

To Till or not to Till!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:47

I've got one and it's the best investment I've made in years.  It is a modern 4 stroke model (I understand some of the older one's are 2 stroke and can be problematic), very easy to start, extremely quiet (my neighbour didn't realise it was running whilst I was chatting to him) and light to carry around. 

Stones haven't caused any damage, it either bounces off them or the catch between the tines - a quick whack with a hammer gets them back out easily enough. 

Our ground is quite light, I don't know if it would manage clay soil.  I've used it both for preparing the soil by deep digging and for loosening weeds.  The depth it digs to is different depending on which way round you fit the 'cutters'. 

I also purchased an attachment for edging the lawn.  A new lawn had been laid quite recently and the idea of edging well over 200 feet of border by hand held no great appeal.  With the edger I had the lot done in about 10 minutes.

I also use it now to dig over my neighbours veggie plot.  He finds digging it over hard work now at 77.  My neighbour on the other side has used a Mantis for years and it's still going strong.

How much to charge...

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 08:07

Pond plants are expensive in the water garden centres but it's quite a specialist market.  Try your prices for the first hour and see how you go.  After that adjust accordingly.

Rabbit proofing - chicken wire - hole appeared!

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 10:16

Have you never seen "The Curse of the Wererabbit"!  It's a documentary made to look like an animation so as not to terrify the population.

How to choose and hire a landscape gardener

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 23:05

When we we're having our garden done I stated the intended size of the patio.  The reaction was "Are you building a patio or a helicopter landing pad?".  He thought the patio would be too big, and thankfully I took his advice.  It's still about 20 x 15!

Discussions started by KT53

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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