Latest posts by KT53

Rotovation - After Care

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 18:18

If you remove any grass you can see there shouldn't be a problem.  Grass doesn't like being buried and little of it is likely to regrow.  If you do see any just dig it out as it appears.

What's this buried under our garden?

Posted: 25/02/2017 at 20:35

Stop everything and call in Time Team

It's amazing what you find when you start digging.  We had the concrete drive along the side of our house removed and replaced with block paving.  When the concrete was broken up the guys saw a bit of metal sticking up and decided to dig it out. It turned into a major operation.   We think it was an old cast iron boiler but aren't certain.  What we do know is it took 4 of them to get it out of the hole which ended up over 2 feet deep.  Why it was put in there in the first place is another mystery which will never be resolved.

Helping out

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 19:01

Strictly speaking you should get 3rd party indemnity insurance as a minimum if you are receiving any kind of payment for work.

Garden Design Software Recommendations

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 18:58

Please do let us know if you find anything at a reasonable price which is any good.  I've checked out various options over the years and none of them have been worth the money - even the free ones!

Pro stuff is going to be far too expensive.

Laying new turf

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 08:11

Nearly a year on it's probably too late to get them to do anything, particularly as it seems they weren't that helpful at the time.

What they should have done as a minimum is levelled the area to be turfed and then do the 'heel shuffle' across the entire area to firm the ground and find any remaining high and low spots.  Then correct those issues and only then lay the turf.

You shouldn't have needed to request that they flatten the area, that is standard practice.

Free Seed Potatoes

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 19:15

It's like most offers.  Some will be able to take advantage and others won't.  A while back there was something from Robert Dyas (can't remember the details) and we haven't got one of those anywhere near us.

What depth of soil for raised beds

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 11:41
Fairygirl says:

I'm not keen on the 'rubble at the bottom' that many people recommend. Mixing grit through the soil is always more effective, especially if you get a lot of rain. A bed that depth won't have much room for soil if there's a lot of stuff at the bottom, and the rubble itself can create a sump in heavy rain - even worse if the ground below th ebed is compacted and excess water doesn't drain quickly. Just my personal experience.

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 I understand your concerns Fairygirl, and I suppose it depends on the type of soil the raised bed is on, and on the depth of the beds.  I've not had any of the problems you describe.  If anything the rubble actually minimises the risk of a sump being created because it's so free draining.

My ground is also free draining which will have an effect.  The biggest issue for me has been the amount of settlement of the soil, which has dropped about 6" since the beds were constructed.  The beds are 8' x 3' x 2' deep so would have taken a massive amount of soil to fill without the rubble base.

Last edited: 22 February 2017 11:43:38

Lufthansa advertising on site!

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 11:04

I've got adblocker on my PC, which is where I normally access GW from.  I don't have it on the tablet or phone and tried to access GW from the phone at the weekend - the ad's drove me nuts.  It's not just their presence, but the way you'll be reading a post only for it to be shunted down the page by another ******* ad loading.

Planters built into patio

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 22:18

You could put about 300 mm rubble into the planters.  It will help drainage and reduce the amount of soild you will need to import.  You don't say what size the planters are going to be, but the sides will certainly be more secure if reinforcing rods are incorporated into the blockwork.  600 mm of rubble and soil will apply quite a bit of pressure to the blockwork.

Garden incinerator.

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 20:41

Be aware that incinerators can generate a lot of heat.  You don't want it close to buildings, or anything which may be affected by the heat.

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