Latest posts by KT53

Opinion about watering assistance

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 09:18

The amount of water required will vary between types of plant so I don't understand how that can be factored into a system based simply on colour change.  There are moisture meters available on the market now and you only need one to be able to check all your pots.  That has to be a much cheaper option than pots which provide the indication.

I think your idea is fundamentally flawed.

Bamboo gone wild

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 08:09

Sadly I have to agree with everybody else - the only real option is to dig out as much as possible.  Applying Roundup or similar to the leaves of any bits which reappear may work, but the bulk has to be removed manually.

Robot mower wire layout advice

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 19:06

I'm assuming the wire indicates the outer limit of the area to be cut.  That being the case I would suggest laying as option 1 but with the wires inside the legs of the arch.

It might be worth doing a temporary setup for a small area either side of the arch and see if the mower does what it's supposed to.

Removing established trees

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 16:00

If the tree is being professionally removed, get them to remove the stump and as much of the major root growth as possible at the time.  Then fill the hole with soil, that should minimise any potential movement.

rotavating grass areas

Posted: 06/10/2017 at 08:12

If you are converting lawn to flower beds you are better off removing the existing grass as hogweed and Fairygirl have suggested.  There is a probability that the grass will regrow in the flower beds if it's just dug in using a rotovator.  If you do decide to rotovate I would hire one as you are going to need one with quite a bit of power.

Pricing structure

Posted: 04/10/2017 at 22:52

I have to confess that when I wanted gardening work done I didn't ask what formal qualifications those quoting had.  I was more interested in what they were going to do, how they were going to do, and the price.  Had I ended up accepting any of the quotes I would also have asked for references of other work they had done.  The only reason I didn't go the route above is that the person I had been chasing for months to do the work got back to me.  Turned out he'd been out of the country for a while and just got back.  I knew his work so didn't need the references.

I certainly don't think the figure you are suggesting are over the top, but the final arbiter will be the customer.

Copper Tape

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 19:41

Copper tape worked a treat for my hostas.  Finally got holes chewed a couple of weeks ago and that's likely to be for the reasons given by pansyface.

Lovely neighbours

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 08:48

Good neighbours are worth their weight in gold.  Ours are wonderful although sadly the husband, my gardening mentor, died about 18 months ago.  I still expect to see him wandering down the garden as there was barely a day went by when he wasn't out there.

Even after he had major abdominal surgery he wanted to help.  I was removing bamboo runners just a couple of weeks after he got home, and it wasn't easy doing it by myself.  Suddenly I heard a voice "I can't pull them but I can hold them up while you get under them".  He simply couldn't not help.

Wonderful memories. 

Tree roots cracking wall

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 08:40

If this has happened after only 2 years I would be questioning the construction of the wall.  It should have been reinforced to support the weight of soil behind it.  If that had been done properly I wouldn't expect 2 years of root growth to have that much effect.

The dreaded 'C' is back

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 12:25

Hope everthing goes well for you Mike.  As for epidural versus general - I'd want to be knocked out and have no idea what they're doing, but it comes down to the medical advice and an element of personal choice.  My brother-in-law recently had a hip replacement under epidural!  Sod that for a game!!!!

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