philippa smith2

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Hazel hurdles/panels

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 14:39

Thanks anyway Loana

Ornamental Equisetum - a problem?

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 18:14

Is there actually a difference between Ornamental Equisetum and Non Ornamental Equisetum  ? I'd be a tad wary and investigate further if you can

Horseradish woes

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 17:44

You could say the same about many of the plants for sale - surely at least part of the responsibility lies with the purchaser doesn't it ?  

Business will try and sell you anything - you have the say in what you buy and what you turn your nose up at.  It's up to the individual to look a little more closely I think and not expect to be guaranteed against all risks.

For sure, we all make mistakes in the garden ( and elsewhere) - that's how you learn

Horseradish woes

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 18:31

Weedkillers such as Glysophate tend to take a while to get down to the roots.  The tops may appear to be dead but that's not the end of the story by any means. You might have been a little late in the year using it ? 

There is little non toxic stuff that you can use to kill something - if it is intended to kill, it is toxic - whether to Horseradish or anything else.

Digging out is really the only answer I think but perhaps someone else has a good plan ?

Best of luck anyway

Hazel hurdles/panels

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 14:45

Thank the cat - they look really good and many thanks for letting me see and for the PM .............I will PM you  

Loana - many thanks for your suggestion re the Reed panels - I'm not sure whether they would prove resilient enough for the location but I'll certainly keep that idea in mind.  Just in case, is your husband's friend local to me ?  I'm in West Somerset.

Hazel hurdles/panels

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 21:20

Many thanks 


Posted: 02/11/2016 at 21:05


Hazel hurdles/panels

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 20:56

Thankthe cat - that sounds a bit more like it - not too worried about the tanalised board as mine should be at least a metre above ground level supported on wooden posts.

I'd be really glad if you could put a couple of photos on so that I can see exactly what they are.

Noting you are in Devon.......I'm only in Somerset so a supplier name via PM would be very welcome if you are able to.

Thanks again for your advice.

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 20:40

Maybe not exactly daily but at least nightly - Tawny Owls calling in the garden this evening - missed them last year so really pleased to have them back.

One or two frogs still groaning in the pond - lots of youngsters getting under piles of leaves/logs.  Teenage hedgehog still feeding every night .

Hazel hurdles/panels

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 18:24

Pansy.........thanks for that but 5 years ??  That doesn't sound too good.  I have to renew some 10 metres or so and would like not to have to do it again.

I've had Compost bins from Primrose - reasonable price but I need my fencing to last a while longer than that.

Back to the drawing board unless someone can suggest an alternative ?

I wanted to avoid completely solid fencing panels due to wind factor but my neighbours are unable to cope with anything which might have the temerity to poke thru towards the south into their garden.  I'd thought that the Hazel panels would allow wind thru, would look reasonably attractive and allow me to grow stuff on separate supports a metre or so away from the fence line.  My ground is approx half a metre below the neighbour's ground so I want to screen but still keep it reasonable.

Any other suggestions anyone ?

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