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Any advice on hand-push lawnmowers?

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 06:05

I have the Webb H12R. I cannot fault it! Cutting your grass with a cylinder mower is like cutting it with scissors, a very clean cut. This is unlike a rotary mower that chops the grass down. If you want to leave your grass for a couple of weeks before cutting it or you want to cut it when it's wet then a hand cylinder mower probably isn't for you.  Also if your lawn isn't reasonably flat and level you will have problems. However, if your lawn is flat and level and you have the time and the inclination to mow a couple of times a week and only ever cut a third of the grasses length you will be rewarded with a lovely lawn.


Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 17:37

Care to elaborate Joe?

Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 15:42

Very windy, intermittent rain and sunshine and the odd hailstorm for good measure here (10 miles east of Liverpool).

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 15:35

Cangran, I have sent you a pm.

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 09:37

A sad story Dove but your friend was absolutely right.

Owning a dog does come with many responsibilities, not least, the responsibility to ensure that your dog does not injure anyone. If a dog cannot be trusted then it's time to say goodbye.

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 09:12

Visit this site, Hopefully that is clear enough regarding the dog biting episode.


As regards the jogger, no-one knows why she was on private land except her. 

It seems to be quite a popular view that the jogger is to blame for the incident because she was on private property.

My view is that we don't know all the facts and probably never will, so to make a judgement is not appropriate. However, I do know that a dog that bites anyone is a danger. As I said in an earlier post, there are circumstances when a dog would be excused for biting someone but in this case I've not read a single post that indicates the dog was defending itself or it's owner.

I'm not suggesting the dogs should be put down, just that I do believe it's wrong for the owner and anyone else to'hide behind' the private property issue to defend a dog with a tendency to aggression.

What if the jogger was in the lane and the dog attacked her. The dog wouldn't differentiate between which side of the fence it was on and it could be a child. The dog has displayed a tendency to attack therefore it's dangerous.

Lawn problems

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 06:20

Lewis is quite correct. Dog urine is equally as potent as a bitches. As dogs tend to cock their legs and spray a bit here and there the damage isn't, usually, as bad as a when a bitch empties her bladder all in one go. The only really effective way to avoid damage to the lawn is to not let the dog relieve itself on there. The next best is to heavily dilute the urine straight after the act,so to speak. There may, or may not, be something in the tomato thing but I've heard mixed reviews about the dog rocks. It seems that, if they are effective at all, they work best on smaller dogs.

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 22:25

Daphne du Mauriers Rebecca, Jules Vernes Around The World In Eighty Days and Pappillon (forget the name of the author).

However, the books I always come back to are Flemmings Bond novels. I've been reading and re-reading them for 40 years and still find them wonderful as a vehicle of escapism.

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 18:35

As a Labrador owner I agree that they are one of the most gentle breeds. However,as the one in question is a rescue dog, you cannot be sure that, in previous ownership, it has not been subjected to ill treatment or abuse. Any dog, whatever the breed, can be made nasty and aggressive. My dog is a very strong and powerful animal, weighing over seven stones. I would dread to think of the damage he could cause if he were 'made' aggressive. Thankfully, he is very typical of the breed and has never shown any aggression to either people or other dogs. I believe a Fox Terrier was also involved. They are a completely different type of dog. All terriers have the capacity to be aggressive by nature.

dog bite,anyone know for sure?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 16:27

I think there are two entirely separate issues here.

1. Trespass

2. The dog biting the jogger.

The jogger should not, unless invited or with good reason, be on your friends property. This is beyond dispute. The jogger was in the wrong and if she had not been there she wouldn't have been bitten. Fair comment.

However, the dog should not, unless provoked or threatened, bite anyone irrespective of whether it is on private or public land.

The new legislation regarding dangerous dogs, clearly, states that been on private land is no different to been on public land.

What may amount to just a couple of scratches on the leg of an adult could easily be far worse if a child or an infirm person was unable to take defensive action against the dog/dogs. The outcome of such situations are regularly reported, alas, too late.


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