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Latest posts by KT53

Wood expanding when wet

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 21:09

It sounds as if the rain has penetrated the timber and the timber will almost certainly twist when it dries.  The probability of all the timber contracting again at the same rate is almost nil. You really need to use pressure treated timber for outside work.


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 15:53

We came back from holiday last weekend to a garden where the weeds had grown well but it was almost impossible to dig as it was so dry.  Finally got out on Thursday and gave it a thorough watering.  Absolutely persisted down all day Friday and again today.  Frustrated - you bet!!!!


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 18:13

All the suggest solutions may work for small areas, but I have trouble with them leaving their calling cards on the lawns and in the borders.  Over 200' of border and 250 square yards of lawn is difficult to protect.  I would love to put an electric fence along the top of the timber one.  That would at least keep them out of the back garden.

Leaking wooden greenhouse

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 18:08

The surfaces will need to be dry for silicone sealant to adhere.  I would wait until you have a few dry days before trying.

What kind of Garden injuries hav you had

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 18:43

Reversed into a holly bush when weeding.  I got up a lot quicker than I got down!

Cutting hose with a very sharp penknife when the blade caught and folded on my finger.  The scar is still visible over 40 years later.

Mares Tail - how to win

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 18:52

The most effective method I have found is to pull the existing weed by hand then wait until new growth is a few inches high.  Walk all over it to bruise / break stems and then spray with Roundup at it's strongest recommended solution.  Finally cover with weed suppressing fabric.  It probably will reappear over time, but if you catch it early it should at least be controllable.


Posted: 19/07/2015 at 18:48

Phyllostachys nigra isn't generally a problem, but I have been saying the same about my Phyllostachys aurea for years and now have to eat my words about it.  We had a lot of work done on our garden 2 years ago and I didn't realise that the people doing the work had ripped out the timber edging I had around the bamboo.  It wasn't obvious as the edging was covered by grass. It was only at the end of last season that I spotted the odd bamboo shoot showing in the lawn.  Even then I just snapped them off and thought no more about it.  I've literally just come back from holiday today, so the lawn hasn't been mowed for 3 weeks, to discover 2 distinct rows of shoots coming up through the lawn.  Next job is to treat all that growth with strong weed killer and then start digging out the main bamboo clumps.

The bamboo had been perfectly well behaved for over 20 years prior to that.  It does show that it can be contained - until you have idiots working in the garden.  Sadly, these idiots were a long established local garden design and maintenance company.

Xhose collapsible hosepipe bursting

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:31

Unfortunately, if you search "x hose problems" you will have no shortage of hits.  From what I have read, it's not possible to repair them so you'll either need to get a replacement under warranty or put it down to experience and go back to using standard hoses.  At least with a normal hose, if it springs a leak it can be repaired.

Problem with black bamboo

Posted: 03/07/2015 at 12:27

As others have said, that definitely ain't bamboo.  It looks more like one of the weeds with which I do regular battle in the garden.

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

That's a thought Pete.  It'll have to wait until we get back to give time to experiment. 

Discussions started by KT53

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
Replies: 5    Views: 458
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 09:15
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