Latest posts by KT53

Constricting sleeper walls with the long side up

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 17:19

The method suggested by Bob was the one used when we had raised beds constructed 3 sleepers high, with the sleepers stood on edge i.e. 200 mm high.  No other support is required as long as the reinforcing bars a set well into the ground.


Posted: 23/07/2017 at 17:16

To be honest, my experience of removing bamboo is very different to Nick Fareham's.  I had a clump about 8' long and 3' wide.  It had been well behaved for years but went 'rogue' due to events I won't repeat here as I've described them previously.

To remove it I cut the majority of the canes to ground level but left a number of thicker ones so that they could be used as levers when removing clumps.  I then used a pick to dig a trench all around, which also exposed any runners heading off into the wide, blue yonder.  I cut through the runners and also divided the main clump into sections to make removal easier.  Again using the pick I dug under each section to loosen it then rocked it back and forth to remove.  Repeated that with each section until is was all gone.

Final stage was to trace the route taken by each runner by pulling gently but firmly up and cutting above it where it was running through the lawn.  That also enabled me to spot any other runners setting off from the main stem.  That was done 3 years ago and I haven't seen any sign of bamboo since.

It was time consuming but not particularly difficulty.  The bamboo in question was Phyllostachys Aurea.

Lidl acer

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 21:30

Eventual size depends on the variety.  Some will never get more than a few feet tall, others will grow into monsters.  That's the problem when the description is so vague.

As for the description of Lidl and their customer base! 

Very Long Fence Line

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 18:43

Any hedge planting will need to be cut occasionally.  They are living plants and grow.

Lidl acer

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 18:39

The link also says height 60 cm, but nothing about how long it takes to get to that height.  Without a lot more detail than is currently available it's impossible to say what the final height may be, although many acers do remain quite small.

How to kill my weed

Posted: 22/07/2017 at 13:38

A brush or pressure washer will only remove the tops, not the roots, so they will regrow.  Systemic weedkiller is the easiest way to kill 'em off.

How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 14:43

I'd never heard of Strulch.  Just Googled it and the nearest supplier is over 20 miles away.  It does seem to be something of a niche product at the moment.

How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 08:20

I know it's tempting fate, but nearly 3 months on from applying copper tape to all of my hosta pots and not one of them has been attacked.

Indoor plants orchid display

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:23

Wow, the bark is expensive.  If you know the name of any of the exhibitors you could try contacting them for suppliers.

Leaking ponds

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 08:19

The runners from bamboo will take the line of least resistance so if one has come that way its mates will probably follow.  Cut a slot about 12" deep all around the main bamboo clump and trace and remove any runners you find.  It's rare for them to go deeper than that, although it can happen.  I would then use 12" paving slabs on edge to surround the bamboo to keep it where you want it.

I had a bamboo for years which was contained and behaved beautifully.  We had work done in the garden and the numpties who did the work removed the barrier, and I didn't realise they had done so at the time.  Within 2 years I was seeing bamboo coming up all over the lawn.  Eventually I removed the main bamboo clump and traced the runners and removed them.  It was hard work, and quite a bit of repair work was needed on the lawn, but worth it in the end.

Repairing the liner will be straightforward as you have an obvious hole.  Go to anywhere that sells ponds and liners and they will have repair kits.  You'll need to drop the water to a couple of inches below the hole but the patch will do the trick.

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