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Latest posts by KT53

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 10:15

It doesn't necessarily stop the slugs but I've found the following method very effective.

For beer traps, purchase a 12 pack, use 2 cans for the traps and when/if that fails to stop the slugs sit down and drink the rest.  At least you don't care for a while

Employment Law

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 21:51

Thanks for the suggestions.  I'll pass them on.  Greatly appreciated.

Employment Law

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 19:36

The son of a friend recently had an accident at work.  We believe it may have been caused at least in part by him being over-tired.  I don't want to give too much detail here, but basically he works 9-5 but has to do overnight on call for a full week every 3 weeks or so.  It's not unusual for him to be called out a couple of times in one night in the small hours (not every night) but his employers still expect him to be back at work 9am next day.

I believe there is law covering the amount of time you have to be away from work after working at night but can't find the info.

With respect can I ask at this time that people refrain from giving opinion, tempting as it is, unless that opinion is backed up by legal fact.

Mulching lawn mower

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 19:02

I bought the same mower from Homebase, and have replaced it after a year.  It's the worst mower I've ever had.  From the start it hasn't cut well and started scalping the lawn irrespective of the height setting.  It would have had to go back to the manufacturer to be checked out so I would have to be without a mower potentially for weeks - not practical in the summer months.  Maybe I was just unlucky but I won't touch Qualcast again with a barge pole!

Chelsea Flower Show

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 08:19

Nikki Chapman 'eye candy'!!??  I thought the term referred to young, attractive persons

At the risk of going off-topic, I smiled at last Friday's GW when Sophie Raworth was in her mother's garden.  Sophie reeled off a few plant names and her mother responded along the lines of "You're improving then.  You can name a few plants now"  Just about sums things up doesn't it.

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.

Discussions started by KT53

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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RHS Malvern Spring Festival

.... what a disappointment 
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Raised bed for alpines

Is partial shade OK 
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I had to chuckle

New Gardeners' World Mag 
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Lily 'bulblets'

What to do with them. 
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If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Cats and their calling cards. 
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dendrobium nobile care

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Overwintering lilies

Lilies in pots. 
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Pruning crab apple

When to prune 
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Climber Jiffy plugs

Where to grow them on? 
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Laid in April 
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