LeadFarmer


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Compacted clay soil

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 10:45

Im guessing the previous house owner knew of the clay problem and covered it with chipping as an easy way of dealing with the problem. A mattock might help with digging up the clay. Ive just bought one from BnQ to dig over in my clay garden after reading of Monty Dons recommendation.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/10000313/Monty-Don-on-the-worlds-best-gardening-tools.html

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02537/gl_2537749b.jpg

 

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Posted: 23/02/2016 at 10:35
If you could dig a trench as deep and as long as possible in your boarder as close to the plant as possible to expose any creeping roots, this could help. Or maybe even drop a piece of tough plastic or metal in there, and back fill then this could help stop them growing through.

Some bamboos send out runners underground which pop up in other gardens. Other bamboos send shoots up at the base, so they don't spread. Your neighbour has chosen the wrong type, maybe they could be peruaded to replace it?

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Posted: 23/02/2016 at 09:09
I doubt it could ever be proved. It's not as though BEL has climbed over the fence and poisoned the neighbours plant. All BEL would be doing is poisoning the roots that grow on his/her property. It would at most become a civil matter of a boundary dispute, not a police matter. If BEL does what I suggested above then BEL could show he/she has taken all reasonable steps to resolve the problem first.

But as I posted above, speak to the neighbour first.

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Posted: 23/02/2016 at 09:00
Id speak with the neighbour first, see if they can put a barrier in the ground to prevent roots coming into your property. Maybe even offer to help them do this?

If they refuse, and don't seem to care about you and your problem then I'd dig a deep trench in your boarder along the fence line so you can see any roots growing through, and cut them.

If after a year or two the problem persists then I'd still consider poisoning the roots on your side of the garden boundary. Enough time will have passed to disassociate you from the death of your neighbours plant.


If the neighbours plant dies then tough luck on them for not taking steps to prevent the problem. But speaking to your neighbours should be the first step.

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Posted: 22/02/2016 at 22:41

I bet Roundup or similar would work if you cut into the root and applied directly.

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Posted: 22/02/2016 at 22:01

If your neighbour is inconsiderate enough not to do anything about it, then id certainly apply some chemicals to the bamboo.

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Posted: 22/02/2016 at 21:13

Thanks BEL, I'll buy a copy when it appears in the shops.

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Posted: 22/02/2016 at 17:49

BEL, is the feature on Montys garden in the March edition of the magazine? I looked in the February issue in the shop today but didn't see it.

Shredder

Posted: 20/02/2016 at 10:06

There seem to be two types. The Bosch above has a spinning blade to chop/slice the branches etc, therefore its best used on dry/brown stuff otherwise it will clog up. The other type crushes them, and is perhaps better for moist/green stuff.

I store freshly cut stems etc to dry them out before putting them through the Bosch.

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Posted: 19/02/2016 at 23:17

Only 14 more sleeps 

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