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Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 21:14

Box hedge and alliums will look amazing, they work extremely well together, especially box balls.

Will you be relying on the hedge to keep the dogs off the garden? Box is a very slow growing hedge and will take a few years to get to any height. You could put a piquet fence along the hedge line, with a gate at each end to allow you access onto the lawn.

http://marianstclair.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/dsc_7791.jpg

 

Planting suggestions for new path?

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 15:21

Oops, meant cat mint 

Planting suggestions for new path?

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 13:19

Verdun, that plant does look nice by a path. Is it also known as Car Mint? My path will be made using blocks and will look similar to this one, so it could be a nice combination...

 

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Cost of bird food

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 13:05

I live a short drive from a live food supplier which is where I get my live mealworms from. I usually put them out around nesting time....

http://m.livefoodsdirect.co.uk

 

Mulching with privet

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 23:33

I run over my privet cuttings with my mower, then tip them onto the compost.

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 16:47

When making that garden I had a local saw mill make a bespoke trellis archway & gate that fitted within the fence and allowed access to the patio, whilst keeping the dogs off...

 

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Smithfield/P7030015.jpg

 

 I dug up quite a few of the plants and they came with me to the new house. I even arranged for the sales brochure to state that some of the plants were not included in the house purchase!!

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 16:43

Thats a sad tale BL. Ive just had a look at my previous house on google maps using satellite view. Thankfully it doesn't seem to have changed much, but there is a big dark circle visible which I hope is a pond, and not the dreaded trampoline!!!

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 16:12

I sold that house later that year, though at the time of redesigning the garden I wasn't planning on moving house at all. I do think the garden helped to sell the house as it got some very favourable comments from viewers. Id love to see it today to see how it looks.

Teach an Old Garden New Tricks???!

Posted: 19/01/2014 at 13:42

I would definitely consider sectioning an area off for the dogs. I have 2 x labradors and they created a similar mess of the lawn in my previous house. I ended up sectioning an area off for them. In my current house the lawn doesn't lend itself to sectioning an area off for them, so I don't allow them onto the garden, instead I have to take them out for about 4/5 short walks a day!

Heres my previous house, showing the total mess the dogs made of the lawn...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Smithfield/Mud.jpg

 

Installing the fence posts. The dogs lawn is at the top end so they had to walk up the drive to access it...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Smithfield/P2180086.jpg

 

Fence complete, and old lawn removed...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Smithfield/P3190001.jpg

 

New turf being laid...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Smithfield/Turfing.jpg

 

 New turf installed. The dogs lawn is right at the top...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Smithfield/Turfed1weekon.jpg

 

And a few weeks later once planted up...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Smithfield/P8020008.jpg

 
http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Smithfield/P8020004-1.jpg

 

This allowed me to have a separate lower lawn that was dog free. I did al the work myself, with a little help for laying the new turf.

 

 

 

Cost of bird food

Posted: 18/01/2014 at 16:29

I always buy my sunflower hearts in bulk, usually in 25kg sacks. Some suppliers hearts have a lot of powdery husk within it, which blocks feeders. I never buy from supermarkets, but sometimes when Wilkinsons have their seed on offer I buy it.

My last sunflower heart puchase was this...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230913605734?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

It was good quality seed without any husk or powder.

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