Latest posts by KT53


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 21:01

Mine has also gone nuts with growth this year.  Most willows will recover from pretty hard pruning and that's what I'm going to have to try this year as it has at least doubled in size.


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 20:58
Hostafan1 says:

" I love green . It helps centre you in the world and find your place in the universe"  

Affected , pretentious nonsense.

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 We don't always agree, but you're spot on with that


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 18:19

Of the experts I do like Carol Klein, although her over-exuberance can get a bit wearing at times.  Chris Beardshaw, with his laid back but informative approach is great too.  Monty I can take or leave, but have nothing against him.  All the regular Beechgrove team.


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 17:53

I think the people on GW are predominantly knowledgeable but some of them do come across with the attitude of "This is the way I do it, and that's the only way to do it".  I prefer the people on the Beechgrove Garden, died in the wool gardeners who are happy to admit they are still learning.

wasps in the attic

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:47
Doghouse Riley says:

I'm pretty sure the local council used just ordinary "puffer"  ant powder to get rid of wasps. We had them in to clear one under the soffit of our kitchen roof a few years ago. They charged us £35 and were only there a few minutes. If it happens again I'll do it myself.

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 It was something much stronger than ant powder they were going to use when we called them out.  They took one look at our garden pond which must have been at least 30 feet away and refused to do it because their stuff was so toxic to pond life.

Oh not the aster too....

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:29

No consolation, but it's not limited to plants.  I used to keep tropical fish many years ago and loads of them were renamed too.

laying turf on mound in playground

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:27

The surface doesn't need to be super smooth, just make sure there aren't any dips which the turf might bridge over.  The turf does need to be in firm contact with the soil to root.

As long as the slope isn't too severe laying the turf shouldn't be too much of a problem even for amateurs.  There are lots of guides to turf laying on t'interweb.  The only tool required when actually laying is a good sharp knife to cut the turf at the edges and when one piece will overlay another over the curves.

wasps in the attic

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:22

You can treat the nest yourself, but be warned, they don't appreciate the disturbance and will react accordingly.  I would contact the council to see what they charge.  Whilst accepting Monty's comment about them being beneficial, I wouldn't want them that close to where I'm living.

Flooding lawn

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 18:18

Rotovating on clay can make the situation worse as it can create a hard pan where the rotovator tines have been running over the clay at the limit of their digging depth.  Incorporating sand would certainly help drainage above that.  Land drains down to a soakaway will also help if you are up for some hard work to obtain a good finished result.

Border Dispute

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 12:00

I'm not suggesting that I do have the answer, just that I don't think the answer is to give in to groundless claims (excuse the pun).  At what point would somebody be expected to stand up for their rights?  When the neighbour tries to claim 1 foot of land?  5 feet?  10 feet?...

The suggestions made by Obelixx seem as good as any.

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