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Latest posts by KT53

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!

70ft Garden - making it awesome for least cost!

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 18:21

Try to avoid the temptation of buying large plants and paying for the privilege.  Small one will grow given time.

Alternatively, to contradict myself, buy large plants which can be split down e.g. herbacious perennials, and divide to make a number of smaller ones.

Bamboo

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 19:36

I've had bamboo in the garden for over 20 years and had no major problems.  One clump forming variety who's name escapes and one area of Phyllostachys aurea and Phyllostachys nigra. Neither group has been invasive.  I've had a couple of runners try to escape from the Phyllostachys but it has been the work of a few minutes to cut off the runner and pull it out. The line the runner has taken is pretty obvious so all it needs is to cut a channel with a spade along the line and haul it back out.  There are many plants which can become a problem if they're allowed to but that doesn't mean they can't or shouldn't be grown.

I accept that would be more problematic if it was under paving but they are categorically not thugs in my long experience of them.

How to get what you want out of a landscape designer?

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 17:55

When we had a garden design done we discussed the broad ideas e.g. avoid straight lines, path curving across and down the garden.  Looked at the existing plants we wanted to keep and those we were happy to lose.  The designer then came up with a design and full planting plan.

That's certainly what I would expect.  If the one you have is keeping on passing the buck back to you I'd tell them to take a hike.

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