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Latest posts by KT53

disguising Leylandii

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 18:16

Clematis montana grows fast but anything is going to take quite a while to that sort of area.  I guess you would ideally like something evergreen too.

Suggestions needed

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Thanks Verdun,  I'll have to check them out.

Suggestions needed

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 22:08

I'm in the process of digging out a grove/clump of bamboo and need something to replace it which will give height and movement in the garden without turning into a thug.  The bamboo is well over 12' high but very open i.e. lets wind and light through.

Suggestions for something to replace it would be appreciated.

Life after Bamboo

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:05

Getting there, not got there yet.  I started properly yesterday and it's tiring work.  Not helped by the fact that I can't kneel.  I have to either sit on a low stool/seat, lie flat or move around on my backside.  That is going to make removing the runners 'interesting'


Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:02

Where's the 'Ignore' button?  I don't have much need for it here but there are some other sites I go to where it could be very usefu.

Back to the topic in hand - there was an article on the news this morning about a couple of streets somewhere in the Midlands where over 40 cats have been poisoned over quite a short period of time.  There is no way that such actions are justified but I can understand how some people may be driven to act in such a way.  Our front lawn is no more than about 15 x 20 feet but I've come across multiple 'cat calling cards' on numerous occasions when trying to mow it.  I know I feel less than friendly towards them when that happens.

Life after Bamboo

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 16:40

I also in the process of removing a bamboo which, after years of being beautifully behaved, has decided to make a break for freedom.  Fortunately I can get all around it but it's still b***** hard work getting it out.

In case it's helpful to others with large bamboo clumps, this is my method -

Cut the stems down to ground level. This will enable you to see any gaps between clumps.

Trench around each clump with a mattock and cut any underground stems.

Undercut the clump with a pickaxe

Finally chop each clump into sections with an axe and prise sections apart with 2 forks back to back.

Once the clumps are removed you should be able to trace any runners.  They aren't generally more than a few inches below ground so aren't that difficult to follow if they are running through the garden or under a lawn as mine are.  I am having to lift some turf, but it is important to remove as much as possible.

I did try Roundup Gel on some of the new growth but there is no evidence of it having any effect at all.

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:07

Many people dislike clay soil because it can be virtually impossible to dig for much of the year.  My mum's garden was heavy clay which went from being too heavy and sticky to work after rain to like concrete after a couple of days of sun.  Many years of working in organic matter made it usable but still heavy and difficult.

By contrast, our house is only a matter of 3 miles from hers and can be dug easily at any time of the year.  In fact the deeds of our house forbid the extraction of sand and gravel for commercial purposes.  The soil is superb, but the original occupant of the house apparently had the whole lot down to veg for about 40 years, I guess that helped.

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:09

It sounds as if the rain has penetrated the timber and the timber will almost certainly twist when it dries.  The probability of all the timber contracting again at the same rate is almost nil. You really need to use pressure treated timber for outside work.


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 15:53

We came back from holiday last weekend to a garden where the weeds had grown well but it was almost impossible to dig as it was so dry.  Finally got out on Thursday and gave it a thorough watering.  Absolutely persisted down all day Friday and again today.  Frustrated - you bet!!!!


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 18:13

All the suggest solutions may work for small areas, but I have trouble with them leaving their calling cards on the lawns and in the borders.  Over 200' of border and 250 square yards of lawn is difficult to protect.  I would love to put an electric fence along the top of the timber one.  That would at least keep them out of the back garden.

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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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

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. 
Replies: 3    Views: 426
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? 
Replies: 5    Views: 431
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15
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