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Posted: Yesterday at 07:31

I'm afraid you can't get rid of snails in a way not harmful to wildlife. Snails are wildlife. Most people who profess to have a wildlife garden only actually have a selective wildlife garden, which is a bit of a contradiction.

Blanket Weed

Posted: Yesterday at 07:18

So, barley straw products didn't become illegal in September 2013. As with most tabloid baloney and scaremongering, usually started in the tabloid rags, about the EU it was nothing more than nonsense.

How do get a great front lawn?!

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 17:47

That's good advice from Hogweed. Creating a top class lawn takes a lot of hard work and time. Maintaining one is harder still and is tantamount to an obsession. However, creating a 'nice' lawn is relatively easy and much less demanding to maintain, not to mention a lot less costly!

Cylinder Mower

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 08:01

Is the lawn level? Cylinder mowers work best on a level lawn. It may be that the area with the ridges is slightly proud of the rest of the lawn. Not proud enough to scalp it but just enough to scuff the ground. Try lifting the cutting height a bit.


Posted: 28/05/2015 at 14:13

At the risk of been in the minority of one, am I the only person who thinks that part of the deal when taking on a pet is that you will look after it, take care of all it's needs and, above all, ensure that your pet does not cause inconvenience or distress to other people? It's certainly not funny when you inadvertently pick up cat dirt, thinking its a lump of soil, only to realise what it is when you crumble it between your fingers. Children play in their gardens, is it right that they may be subjected to this too?

I would not advocate anyone been cruel to a cat or any other animal come to that. It's not the cat it's the irresponsible owners. Yes there are some very good cat owners who take their responsibility seriously, however, there are far more who don't, judging by the number of cats free to roam day and night.

Just a point of interest, all the cat owners who post on this thread and others similar, are responsible cat owners who don't let their cats out after dark and ensure that their pets don't foul other peoples properties. So where are all the owners who don't take their responsibility seriously and clearly have no respect for other people?

I'll not hold my breath



Posted: 28/05/2015 at 07:26

One of the things that really annoys me is when cat owners try and advise you how to keep THEIR cats off your garden. If my dog was a nuisance to others it would be my responsibility to resolve the problem. What's the difference?

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/05/2015 at 21:58

Planted up my daughters borders with mixed bedding, cut her lawns and had a bash at the horsetail behind her shed (suspect that's for the long haul).

Came home, cut my lawns, trimmed the hedge, potted up busy-lizzie and begonias and took out the wallflowers that had passed their best.


Posted: 26/05/2015 at 21:25

Thank you Edd.

Sorry if you think it's the same old same old with the same old anger but it is the same old same old, every morning and yes it makes me angry.



Posted: 26/05/2015 at 20:49

I have a dog, a large dog, who does, pardon me for been graphic, large poos. However, he is trained to use one part of the garden for this purpose. When he goes out for a walk, three times a day, he is on a lead and I take a large amount of bags to clear up any mess he makes. When he wees he steps off the pavement and wees in the gutter (I am not kidding). So why is it that I have to accept that every morning my first job is to clear the mess in my beds and borders created by other peoples pets. None of the well documented remedies work! Cats and there owners are a law unto themselves. If my dog did his business in someone else's garden there would be hell to pay and I would be branded an irresponsible owner. If my dog spent half the night howling, fighting and mating with other dogs I'd be getting a visit from the local constabulary but this is considered acceptable behaviour for cats and their irresponsible owners glibly remark that 'they're just having fun'. B****y annoying. Rant over.

What my neighbour did!

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 21:11

Although I agree that it was wrong of your neighbour to lower your hedge without your permission but I do have some empathy for him. I have the opposite situation to you in that live in a two storey house and my neighbour in a bungalow. They insist on keeping a conifer hedge at 15' high because, they claim, I could see into their lounge, from my first floor, if it was any lower. I have asked if they would lower it, at my cost, but they flatly refuse.

Just an alternative viewpoint. We all covet our privacy but we should take time to consider what impact we can have on other people without always knowing it.

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