Latest posts by KT53

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!!!!

Petrol tool repair needed

Posted: 30/09/2017 at 21:14

Places which service mowers generally work with all types of garden tools.  Just have a search for mower repairs for your local area.

sSoil preparation before turf laying ,please help

Posted: 22/09/2017 at 16:07

Freshly deposited topsoil will have a lot of air trapped in it so it will compress a lot when you stand on it.  The last thing you need to do is water it, you need it to dry out to a state where you can walk on it in order to rake it level.

Beyond that the process is as described above by Dave Humby.

What lubricant for electric hedge cutter?

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 22:25

I've used 3 in 1 and WD40 over the years with no obvious ill effect on any garden plants. 

Ponds & Metal Grids

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 12:50

I would go with galvanised for two reasons.  (1) It is considerably cheaper (2) it has a matt finish and is therefore less "in your face" than stainless.

Garden Sleepers

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 09:07

Drilling won't cause any problems with pressure treated timber.  When my garden was done they used 6mm reinforcing rods driven through the sleepers and about 18" into the ground.

Dead grass

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 09:05

If you used the recommended amount of fertiliser that shouldn't add to the problem.  Where problems occur is when people use too much fertiliser on the basis of if x per square yard is good, twice x must be even better.  Using too much fertiliser can actually damage growth, although it will eventually recover.

As has been suggested, seeding now is the best way to address the problem and see what happens ove winter.

gardening apps

Posted: 20/09/2017 at 13:19

I'm not aware of any, but I could see the potential value of one which gave a calendar for sowing/planting and harvesting veg, flowering season for plants etc, as long as it had the ability to be customised for the area you live in.  It would save having to dig through loads of books to glean the same information.

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