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Latest posts by KT53

wind proofing fences

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 21:01

If the panels are old it's possible they have shrunk over time as they dried out and are no longer a snug fit between the concrete posts.  That could certainly explain why they keep blowing out. 

Recommendation for extendable loppers

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 22:43

Even ratchet loppers can jam, and when they do it's a b***** of a job to get them free again.  To be fair, they don't jam very often.

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:49

"bag up for the bin men to take, they are supposed to take up to 5 bags per week garden waste."

Can I bring my green waste to you please?  We have to pay £36 per year for the privilege of having our garden waste taken away!

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 13:57

If you get on with the neighbours just let them know that you are going to cut it back to the boundary and ask if their gardener would be able to dispose of the prunings as you have no car.

The hedge between ourselves and our neighbour became unmanageable and was bald in the middle where its own weight, and winter snow, had pulled it apart.  We removed the entire thing and each regained over a metre of garden width.  Result!

Kindle e readers

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 22:49

If you want a device simply as an e-reader then the Paperwhite is hard to beat.  It can be read in any light, and no light at all!  Try reading on a conventional tablet in sunlight - no chance.

I think all Apple products are ridiculously over priced anyway.

Indoor Cyclamen

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 22:45

I would have thought the kitchen was the worst possible place to try to grow cyclamen.  They don't like it too warm and they don't like rapid temperature change either.

Christmas lights in the garden

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 20:59

I couldn't find our Crimbo lights last year so bought some new ones.  The day after I'd strung up all the new lights I found the old ones  Any suggestions as to how I can use 2 sets of lights one with 300 and the other with 240 bulbs?

It's the weekend people lighten up!!!!

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 17:04

What makes me smile?

3:30 Friday afternoon.  When I leave work.  It's the only good time at the place I work.

Tree Branch Lopper Research

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 17:01

Appearance is unimportant.  That is does the job effectively is the main requirement.

Price is certainly a factor but too cheap would put me off just as much as too expensive.

Interchangeable heads would be the ideal. Rachet systems tend to be bulkier and not always needed.

Telescopic handles make items more versatile but I wouldn't want to try to use anything more than about 4 metres extended.

I think ergonomics and weight are very closely related for usability.  No point having the best balanced tool if it's too heavy to work with.

Tools for professional use tend to be built to a higher spec than others.  I would only buy professional standard if I was going to get the use out of the item.  For example I bought Felco secateurs and have used the same pair for well over 20 years.

Tree being cut in half by a tree tie

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 16:55

I would not attempt to remove the tie.  Cut it where it's exposed and leave it alone.  I've seen trees which have sections of fence embedded in them and they survive quite happily.  You're far more likely to cause damage if you try to remove it.

Discussions started by KT53

When gardens fight back

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****** 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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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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Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 21:25

Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 12:40

I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 21:31

Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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Last Post: 12/03/2014 at 21:30

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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Last Post: 28/01/2014 at 19:59

dendrobium nobile care

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Last Post: 01/11/2013 at 21:11

Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
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Last Post: 09/03/2014 at 11:18

Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
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Last Post: 09/09/2013 at 23:58

Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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