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getting rid of unwanted shrubs

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 16:34

Hi Freddie, I'm a little confused (not unusual). You refer to the problem as weeds but also as shrubs. If they're weeds I'd apply Roundup to them now and then, next spring, treat the area, behind your shed, with Pathclear or the like. This will stop the weeds growing back for a few months, then re-apply the Pathclear. However, if they are shrubs, growing in your neighbours garden, you can only prune any overhanging branches or foliage. You also have to ask your neighbour if they want the prunings back. I know it's daft. You cannot, simply, throw the prunings back into their garden. If you use weedkiller on a shrub belonging to your neighbour then, technically, it's criminal damage.

As far as I can see, the best course of action is to talk to your neighbour and agree a course of action.

Good luck!


Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 11:07

Probably the best advice given, on this thread Dove. 

Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 09:37

Of course it's okay to react to a comment, that is, after all, what a forum is about. However, to react disproportionately and then 'vanish' is both childish and rude to the other people who have offered advice. We are not 'kiddies' blubbing because someone said something nasty. If someone upsets you, you ignore them. You don't run off and sit in a corner to sulk and ignore everyone else too.

I agree there is no such thing as a stupid question but, there is such a thing as a stupid reaction to a comment you don't like.

Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 08:59

It's a strange world we live in where someone can ask a question and, because they don't like the answer, can go into a rant and 'kick the ball over the wall', then, get all the sympathy.

Of the fifty or so reply's only one or two have suggested an alternative type of glove. The rest have either suggested ways of drying his current gloves, in my view the obvious thing to do, or 'had a pop' at other posters.

I don't think Welshonion owes him an apology. He did lose his rag very quickly and in my opinion disproportionately. We are all subjected to a bit of sarcasm from time to time but, not everyone throws the ball away!

Mowerman wasn't asking for advice as such, he was asking others to do his research for him, as he was in the thread he started about lawnmowers. 

Raised Borders with Sleepers

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 07:50

If the sleepers are pressure treated they should last donkey's years without lining. However, pressure treatment is not an exact science and, like most things, can be good or bad quality.

If it were my wall I'd 'belt and brace' it, i.e. use pressure treated sleepers and fix a plastic liner on the retaining side too. Can't add much in terms of cost or time after all.

Leaking Pond

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 07:42

I had an issue with my pond leaking Brinley. I never found out where the leak was but I was losing about the same as you per day. I replaced the liner with one bought on-line. I can't remember the name of the company or how much it was but I know there are loads of suppliers on-line. Do a search for 'pond liner' and you'll get loads of options. It's just a case of sieving through the options; material, size etc. I'm sure you'll find what you want.

Oh, if you've tried shutting off the pump and are still losing water, I'd turn it back on again and keep the aeration going.

Good luck!

Leaking Pond

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:53

A pond measuring 11' x 8' reducing in depth by two inches is a loss of approximately 90 gallons per day. I'm not sure this would be down to evaporation. I'd be concerned as to where it was going as much as where it was coming from. 

Has this been an ongoing issue or has it just started?

Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:34

If anyone is suggesting I was out to pick a fight with the original poster then you are very much mistaken. I did ask whether it was a genuine question and gave two lots of advice. Northern Lass 2 only said what, I suspect, a lot of people were thinking.

As for picking a fight for no good reason, I think telling people to button it would be a good start!

Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 08:25

First of all, this is not a sarcastic question.

Why do you wear the strong, thorn resistant gloves inside a pair of ordinary gardening gloves? Surely wearing two pairs of gloves increases the generation of sweat!! If, as you say, they are 'strong, thorn resistant gloves' just wear them. Then wash them when you've dealt with the brambles!

I understand where NorthernLass2 was coming from, to an extent. I wasn't sure if the OP was a serious question either.

Gardening gloves and sweaty hands

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 10:47

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