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Conifer Bush Trimming

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 08:00

Trimming the top will have precisely the opposite effect to the one you are trying to achieve.  It will encourage the plants to bush out sideways.  The only way to encourage vertical growth is by feeding, as Dove explained.

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 07:56

I very much doubt the council will be interested in the sunlight problem.  There may be a 'right to light' within a home but not in the garden.  The neighbour could erect a 6' fence along the boundary line without needing to obtain permission.

Much as I sympathise with the OP I really think that all they will achieve by pursuing this is to stress themselves further.

Hose (under tap mud problem)

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 22:10
Jinxy wrote (see)

Why not dig out a cube - say 12 x 12 x 9 and fill it with gravel and surround it with log roll ...... if you don't stop the leak that is 

Beat me to it.  I was going to suggest much the same thing.

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 22:09

Can't you find a phone number for your local arsonist??  I really do sympathise.  My cousin had a similar experience.  New people moved in next to her and erected a damn great summer house 3 feet from the boundary and only about 15 feet from the house.  She actually contacted her local council about it but was told nothing could be done because officially it's a temporary structure and within permitted size limits.

Seems the neighbours can do what they like on their own property as long as they abide by planning restrictions.

Can you have too many different plants?

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 22:03
Wintersong wrote (see)

Well I tried to use a quote but the new system isn't working for me. ..anyhoooo...


To use the Quote system you have to click Quote and then click Unquote.  No - it doesn't make any sense to me either, but it does work.  I can't remember who told me.

Inherited pond

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 14:21

Get one of your more able-bodied relatives to trace the line of the hose to the filter (storage box) and from there to where it feeds back into the pond or waterfall.  With the pump running the source of the problem might be pretty clear.  It doesn't take much more than a slow dribble of water leaking away to have a marked effect on the water level in the pond.

Can you have too many different plants?

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 14:17
Andy Leeds wrote (see)

Watching one of 'Big Dreams Small Spaces' I think there was mention of having 7-10 different plants in a garden.

Isn't that the difference between "Garden Designers" and us mere mortals?  They need to keep coming up with new ideas to justify their existence whereas we simply enjoy our gardens and gardening.

There is one regular contributor to various gardening programmes who looks down his nose and sneers at those who love the more traditional gardens.  For him hanging baskets and colourful borders are just proof of how backward and unsophisticated the plebs are.  To me his attitude is more like the kings new clothes!

For me there is only one rule in gardening - Grow what you want to.

New Gardening Show

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 08:26

Hopefully they will have moved on from the Ground Force motto - "What's the problem?  The answer's Decking"

"Sunken" area of lawn

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 17:49

Combining is certainly going to be quicker.  I've good plenty of good quality soil I can pinch from other areas.  I'll give it a go.

"Sunken" area of lawn

Posted: 03/04/2016 at 15:23

We had our lawn relaid 3 years ago and now a section of it, roughly 6' square has sunk by an inch or so.  The ground was obviously not prepared properly, but as the person who did the work is no longer available I need to try to sort it myself.  It's not practical to remove the turf to raise it, so would over-laying with repeated thin layers of soil work?  I was thinking of maybe 1/4 inch at a time, waiting for the grass to grow through and repeating?  I know I'll need to protect it from the local moggies.

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late again 
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Probably shouldn't be surprised but...

dry / wet ground 
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EU bans glyphosate

nanny state again 
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Can you identify this please I don't have a scoobie 
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No Gardeners World and

it hasn't even been dumped for proper football! 
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"Sunken" area of lawn to raise it? 
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How do I add quotes from previous posts?

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When will people learn the difference...

between "metres square" and "square metres". 
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Apologies in advance...

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Chitting spuds

remove shoots or not. 
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Getting back into fruit & veg growing

any decent books? 
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Stuck for a plant idea

'memorial' plant 
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If they could take their words back.

Latest GW 
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Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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