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Planting a holly bush

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 12:18

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Did what I planned, cutting off the base, turned on side and cut the pot, then eased upright and it slid into the hole perfectly.  In fact, it could not have worked better.

Hardest part was digging the hole, not only because of the patches of clay about two feet down, but mainly because when the original house was built around 1960, the builders use the front garden as a rubble depository.  About one foot under the top soil, bricks, tiles, lumps of concrete.  It all make the digging a regular PIA!

Now have a few sacks of 'builders' rubble that the local dump will charge £5 per bag to dispose.

Planting a holly bush

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 10:21

Thanks; I just assume that the gardener knows what she is doing?

She does have very green fingers, so hopefully, all will be OK.  The hole will be larger than necessary, pre-watered overnight to allow it to soak in, and once in place, there will be lots of good compost, leaf-mould, etc mixed with the soil before filling in.  Will also install a couple of pipes for deep root watering.

The bush looks in good condition so see no reason to be concerned.

Planting a holly bush

Posted: 29/09/2016 at 12:47

Think I will slide the tree to the edge of the hole and turn it on its side.  Cut off the base, slice open the sides of the plastic pot and with some neighbourly assistance, ease it to the vertical and hopefully, the rootball will 'slide' on the plastic pot, into the hole.

The alternative, which the gardener suggested; fill the hole with ice, position the tree on the ice over the middle of the hole and wit for the ice to melt!

Toodle pip

Planting a holly bush

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 22:12


I don't know if it is the tree she wants but she did the research so who am I to question?  She has the very green fingers, I just provide the funding and grunt work!


Have been thinking about your suggestion and I think that may be the way to go.  If I put a strop through the handles, maybe a couple of the neighbours (at least four of us) would be able to lift it, remove the boards and lower into the hole before cutting the sides away.

It sounds good in theory, but the proof of the pudding .....................

Planting a holly bush

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 18:00

What ho one and all,

My wife has bought a holly bush off the internet. She thought she was buying a reasonably manageable size bush but that is not the case.

What has turned up, is obviously one that the nursery did not want since it is larger than she ordered. From the base of the rootball (in a plastic tub) to the top is closer to 3m.  The plastic tub is 70cms diameter and 50cms deep; consequently, it is b***dy heavy!

We have managed to get it to where she wants it planted; we have dug the hole, but ....................!

Cutting the plastic tub will be sufficient of a challenge, then there will be nothing to hold.

So how the h**l do we get in into the hole?

Toodle pip and thanks


Lawn aerating

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:18

Have done it, lots of slots and a bit of a scarifying effect also.  Gave the lawn a mow to collect all the scarifying rubbish all will be OK when the lawn recovers.

Lawn aerating

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 11:21

Thanks for your reply.  You did not read the first line of my thread.  it says 'Honda' same engine that Jenson Button uses so only a little faster than Mo!

The engine does not have any speed control, centrifugal clutch, so when one engages the lever, it runs at the pre-set speed.  Any slower and the clutch would dis-engage.

Does a good job on the cultivating and scarifying, but the aerator seems very fast and cuts these slots.  It would not be possible to control by running behind.  i can only imagine that the idea is that slots are cut; they would soon close again, but what do I know?


Lawn aerating

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 11:52

What ho one and all,

I recently bought the Honda FG110 mini-tiller and lawn care kit and to date, have been very impressed with the ease that it cultivates the soil (so much easier than digging!)

Now intend to now use it on the grass.  The scarifier is great, but he aerator, I'm am not so sure about.

It is a series of pointed wheels that do penetrate the grass, but because the speed of rotation is greater than walking speed, they tend to be cutting long slots in the grass and almost having a scarifying effect.

Is this what is supposed to happen?  Most aerating  seems to be holes or spikes, not a scarifying effect.  I imagine that other similar motorised grass care tools are more of less the same, so would be grateful for any advice.

Toodle pip and thanks


Another Leylandii issue

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 14:45

One and all,

Thanks for the input.

I would have a go at doing it myself but there are a few things against that idea. The first is SHMBO; it would be a no-go area (nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know wot I mean guv?) Then there is the fact that they are around 12-13 meter tall with a lot of deadwood inside to negotiate before one gets to the point of cutting. I am reluctantly happy to pay and expert.

Had a pow-wow with the neighbour and the tree guy last Saturday and the neighbour really does not want anything cut. He would reluctantly agree to around 1m, even though I would be paying. The thing is, it would benefit us both; I would have more light in the morning and he in the afternoon.

The tree guy agrees with me that 1m is a waste of time and would probably stimulate growth. Additionally, because of where the trees where last cut, there is a solid stump at around 8m from which he can work safely. Any higher and he could not do it (or so he says.) The neighbour then stated that the last time we paid to have them trimmed (when we bought the property 10 years ago) he thought too much was removed and that the trees looked like they were going to die. What a load of b.s! The only way to kill a leylandii is chop it at the base.

So we are pretty much at a stalemate. The next stage for me, should I wish to pursue the issue, is to go to mediation. If they agree with me, then I can approach the local council who will charge me £500 (+VAT of course) to decide who is right. Since the trees have been there before we bought (albeit not so high) and since the house is a new build, as is the garden, I gather the 'right to light' issue can side with the established trees, in which case, I may be gambling £500 down the drain. And if I were to win and the neighbour is forced to cut to a reasonable height, I could only recover my £500 via the County Court and even that may be a hiding to nothing. Then in five year time, they would need trimming again.

As for cutting back to my boundary, that is almost a no-go as that would leave us with a 'wall' of deadwood to look at.  My only hope is for another big storm and rather than provide the 'wind protedction' that he sites, they would act like a sail and all blow over!

He is now officially near the bottom of my Christmas card list!

Toodle pip


Trimming tree

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 14:27

What ho one and all,

Following on from my neighbour leylandii problem, we have a few of these trees as part of the same boundary line, on our property.  They are between our respective houses and although not a problem, are too tall.

We are going to have them trimmed down to the eave line or  slightly below.  One of these trees has almost no growth as it get almost no light so is mainly trunk. 

However, it is supporting some 'wild' growth from his side, ivy and wisteria are intertwined in the upper part, that we want to cut.

Since it is our tree and does not have a TPO, cutting is not a problem, but what is the situation with his unkempt growth?  Personally, I would just tell him what we will do and if he does not agree, tough luck.  Unfortunately, although the tree grows from our property on the  boundary, most of the branches and greenery, as well as this 'wild' ivy / wisteria are on his side of the fence.

I don't think the tree guy will have to enter his property to do the work, since it is not too tall, and access is pretty good from my side



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