Latest posts by KT53

Mulching lawn mower

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 17:34

A lot of mowers have an adaptor which plugs into the outlet where the bag normally sits to convert to a mulching process so it shouldn't be necessary to have an either / or problem.

Raised bed against fence

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 17:31

Say to him "So if our neighbour removes the fence panels the soil in the raised bed won't fall into their garden?"  I would be inclined to get your neighbour to remove a panel and check before he comes back.


Posted: 20/05/2014 at 17:28

Sorry, I misread your original post and thought it was you wanting to get rid of it from your garden.  Dave has already given the answer for them getting rid.  Certainly remove as much as possible first.

Need some petrol lawn mower recommendations please

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 22:32

The place I bought my Honda mower from put them above Atco and on par with a company I'd never heard of 'Masport' (Aussie company apparently) which have aluminium decks.  Above that they put John Deer, but in their words "They are expensive for most people's needs".

I was impressed that all the guy I was speaking to did was answer my questions and didn't pressure us in any direction.  It was only when I asked the standard question "If you were buying which would you go for?" that he offered his direct opinion.  Even then he did qualify it by saying it was 90 quid dearer than the Atco.

He explained the differences between the mowers thoroughly, and the potential advantages / drawbacks of the different items.  In all they must have had the best part of 50 mowers on display.


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 22:17

News to me about lily beetle.  The little ******* are around in numbers already this year.

Getting rid of the bamboo is definitely a job you need to do before it becomes a major problem.  What you really need is some sort of barrier to stop it spreading.  If you can dig a channel about a foot deep and drop cheap paving slabs on edge it will certainly greatly reduce any spread into your garden.  Most bamboo runners aren't far below the surface.

Need some petrol lawn mower recommendations please

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:43

Purely on the basis of my personal experience - don't touch Qualcast with a barge pole.

I don't think you'll find electric start mowers at either B&Q or Homebase.  Also bear in mind that if you do have a problem with a mower from either it will have to go back to the manufacturer / distributor to be fixed.  If you purchase from a specialist they will generally have the expertise to fix it in-house.

I know in law any problems are the responsibility of the retailer but you will see on the boxes and on the mowers instructions to contact the manufacturer.

If you let us know your general location somebody might be able to make a specific recommendation.

Gardener's World and the average gardener

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:38
obelixx wrote (see)

Beechgrove provides a factsheet which can be downloaded each week so you can check plant names.

I didn't know that.  Thanks very much.

Raising a lawn

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 22:36

You require 250 cubic feet or approximately 10 cubic yards of topsoil.  I'll let somebody else attempt any conversion to cubic metres

As Dave says, just laying more topsoil won't fix the problem. You need to sort the drainage problem first.

Need some petrol lawn mower recommendations please

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 21:34

I can't help on the specifics but would suggest finding a specialist supplier in your area and speaking to them.  B&Q and the like are OK as box shifters as long as you don't need advice but your requirements are quite specific

Buy cheap pay twice...

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 15:32

I know cheap is a comparative term but I've learnt that lesson with petrol mowers.  I had a Flymo petrol mower for years but when that died I bought a Mountfield which lasted about 4 years and then a Qualcast which was rubbish from the day I got it.  Grass cutting was uneven, it was the noisiest mower I've ever owned and even on a highish cut setting it managed to scalp parts on the lawn at random.

I've just invested in a Honda at twice the price and already the difference in cut quality is obvious.  When buying it I got into conversation with a customer who had had one for over 20 years so hopefully this will give similar service.

Discussions started by KT53

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
Replies: 7    Views: 190
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: 201
Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
Replies: 0    Views: 165
Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
Replies: 5    Views: 207
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
Replies: 4    Views: 311
Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 21:25

Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
Replies: 3    Views: 236
Last Post: 13/04/2014 at 12:40

I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
Replies: 6    Views: 356
Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 21:31

Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
Replies: 7    Views: 341
Last Post: 12/03/2014 at 21:30

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

Cats and their calling cards. 
Replies: 45    Views: 2564
Last Post: 28/01/2014 at 19:59

dendrobium nobile care

Replies: 4    Views: 440
Last Post: 01/11/2013 at 21:11

Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
Replies: 16    Views: 1190
Last Post: 09/03/2014 at 11:18

Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
Replies: 3    Views: 374
Last Post: 09/09/2013 at 23:58

Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
Replies: 2    Views: 304
Last Post: 08/09/2013 at 14:05


Laid in April 
Replies: 4    Views: 495
Last Post: 29/09/2013 at 20:17


Replies: 5    Views: 438
Last Post: 18/08/2013 at 15:01
1 to 15 of 17 threads