Latest posts by KT53

Soil test kit

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 15:05

I've used the one with the little test tubes and it was simple to use.  If you don't know what's been done in the garden in the past it would be worth checking back and front.

Green thumb are they worth it

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 15:02

Getting a bad lawn back into good condition can require a lot of hard work so I suppose it depends on (a) whether you think you can do it yourself (b) want to do it yourself (c) can afford to get somebody in to do it for you.  There really is no right or wrong answer.

In the thread Obelixx links to there is a comment about the company actually being a franchise operation.  That being the case you would need to be sure that any testimonials actually refer to the person who would be doing the work for you.

Lawn removal

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 12:25

Go and wash your mouth out with soap - artificial grass??!!  I can just visualise forum members going down with 'the vapours' now

To get a level and true surface you will probably need to rotovate first unless you have exceptionally level ground.  You could weed kill to get rid of the grass but that will take time to have an effect.  If the artificial grass needs to be at the same level as the existing, then you will need to remove the turf.  A turf removal machine will be the easiest way to get it off if you need to.

Automatic Irrigation System recommendations?

Posted: 15/03/2017 at 12:20

I have the Hozelock system too.  Brilliant for looking after plants when I'm away, but actually now used to water automatically all the time.  The difference between the Hozelock and the T&M system is that Hozelock uses 1/2 pipe as the main feed with mini pipe branching off.  It's therefore potentially able to provide water over a longer distance and to more pots and baskets.  Mine feeds about 40 drippers to pots and baskets, with the longest pipe feed being about 50'.

I've also used the Hozelock controller on 'leaky hose' in a new border.  That saved a huge amount of effort in watering.

Old Laptop

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 18:10

All the notice from Microsoft means is that it won't be issuing any more updates to the operating system.  Vista isn't suddenly going to become any more vulnerable than it already is, assuming you have up to date anti virus software running.

ask for help in greenhouse design

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 15:48

The link works if you copy and paste it into the address box.

Getting paving slabs cut to measure

Posted: 14/03/2017 at 13:24

Places like B&Q, Homebase etc don't offer a service like that as far as I'm aware.  Using an angle grinder isn't all that difficult, particularly to cut slabs.  It's noisy and dusty so you do need to wear the proper protection i.e. eye and ear protection and old clothes.

Gardening as a career

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 14:21

I suspect that some kind of formal qualification would be required these days to get into most of the areas Obelixx has outlined.  That would require time at horticultural college.  One possible alternative would be working at a garden centre, or preferably a plant nursery, where you would be more likely to learn from the ground up (excuse the pun).

Weed issue

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 14:16

I disagree with the comment about not being able to use weedkiller to control the buttercups etc.  You can get gels to dab on to weeds, even a hand sprayer, held close to the weeds is unlikely to damage the beech hedging.

Gardeners' World

Posted: 13/03/2017 at 10:41

Percy Thrower was nearly 25 years older the Geoff Hamilton, and their attitudes and understanding probably reflect that difference.  Yes there were environmental campaigners around when PT was broadcasting but they were viewed far more as oddball or eccentric during PTs formative years.

I'm not saying that attitude was right, but it was prevalent.  Damning people on the basis of knowledge and attitudinal change after the event is unfair.  I'm sure there are many here whose initial introduction to gardening was through PT. 

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