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Cats in Gardens

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:36
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

I'd urge anyone with a cat problem to contact Jessica - I don;t expect it will solve the problem but at least it might make cat owners think about their responsibilities.

If cat owners claim their cats are wild animals - fine, they need to be controlled and licensed.  If the cats are domestic pets - take responsibility for them - train them to use litter trays in your house or garden and take them for walks on leads.  These days it is a myth to suggest that the domestic cat needs to roam free.  Cats are the ultimate "no responsibilty" pets.  Why do non cat owners have to expend good money on "cat deterrents" ...........come on Gardeners and wildlife lovers.....get a is not your responsibility.

OR garden? Who puts a litter tray in their garden? I've never read such a daft thing. Also why do you think its a good idea to put cats on a lead? They're not a pack animal. Not every cat is going to "enjoy" being on a lead. You cannot fully train a cat like a dog. Cats love to wonder. They're not going to trot all the way back to your own garden to do toilet business in a litter tray or in the garden.

I'm just a little angry how you think cats can be treated like dogs. I can only assume you're as angry with have had cats do their pooping and what not in your garden. If so I'm sorry to hear that. My nan had trouble with cats digging up her bulbs =/. I hope you, and all others find better and more practical solutions though


Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:11

ITs certainly the wettest winter that I've known. But since its such a mild winter (2nd of Feb and no lasting ice!) maybe we'll be getting that early spring? I sure hope so!

Where will I put them all?

Posted: 02/02/2014 at 11:08

Yikes, glad I saw this thread. Was tempted to buy a purple berry shrub from them (and get 2 others free in the process). Now I know its quanity over quality. Thankfully never ordered shrubs from them.

Thanks for the heads up guys

Creeping buttercups..

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 00:44

Thanks Clarington, I'll keep an eye out ^_^

Creeping buttercups..

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 13:52

Thanks for the advice people! Never thought to use a weedkiller. I will definatly follow your advice

Clarington can you link me this product if possible? I would like to check if its okay to use with pets (I have 2 cats).

Speaking of the rain, my lawn may not be a pool but its certainly boggy :S I do hope we get an early spring with this very wet winter.

Creeping buttercups..

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 00:04

The bleeders have spread across half of our small lawn, and pulling each one up seems to be a never ending battle. Plus if I miss part of it it could still come back right? What should I do? I've heard people say to dig affected parts of the lawn up, but doing this before Spring will result in an ugly patchy lawn.

Even if I am to do that do I just buy grass seed? Help ^_^;

Fellow hayfever sufferers

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 01:04

This may come across as a barmy question, but do any of you work in a florist? I wanted to work in one but feared getting symptoms of hayfever in work. True the wind is the carrier of pollen, but with a small room stuffed with flowers doesn't exacly sound better. Would tablets really help?

Working in a garden centre sounds better because of the room, but I have no car and I've yet to see one local enough that has a bus running by it..

I suffer from the allergy, but I only get it in Summer really. I'm not sure at all if its just grass pollen or/and flower pollen. I'm pretty sure whenever the lawn is cut or a lawn I suffer a bit, but then again how do I know its not fallen flower pollen?

I heard from a chemist  I can go see a doctor to see if I suffer from one or both pollens. But I really don't want to do that. I could wait till spring and stick my nose in the first tulip to come up (had to laugh at that myself). But then how do I test grass? Stick around when lawn is cut?

^ Sorry for the rant there after the topic qustion. Felt good to get it off my chest though.

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 00:54
fidgetbones wrote (see)

I wish all cat owners would train their cats to use a litter tray. That way I wouldn't get a handful of something nasty hidden in the soil when I'm weeding and planting. ...and please put a bell around darling kitty's neck to save the bird population from carnage.

At least with a Fox it's obvious and you can use a trowel to scoop and remove.

Cats can sneak up on birds even with a bell. Also whilst not the majority, some cats don't like bells. Cats hearing is much keener than ours and having a constant ringing whenever you move doesn't seem very nice. Still it all depends on the cat

I can imagine your frustration. My grandparents lived in a bungalow with other cats about, and the odd one or two made visits. Its in their nature and the owner can't stop them. A dog yes, but a cat does what it wants and there's only so much an owner can disipline them on. Of course you could always invest in a sprinkler system

I have two cats of my own and I love to garden. My cats poop in ours but I accept it. Although my female cat has a habit of peeing in pots.. o_O

Anyway, see if you  can spot the pooper in action to see if it is a cat. As people have said they usually do it in loose soil and not the grass. Wish you luck though ^_^

Closeness of two shrubs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 19:54
landgirl100 wrote (see)

Male plants are often just called, for example, G. mucronata male, or mascular is sometimes used. Several nurseries offer them.

Thank you! I already found one place that sells them online. I think my initial plan is to have the male in the front garden and pollinate the female with a brush filled with pollen from the male.

Closeness of two shrubs

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 00:45
landgirl100 wrote (see)

If it has berries it must be female. You would need a male plant to pollinate it next year. Gaultheria are normally dioecious (single sex).

I see.. First off how do I buy the male plant? Is it called anything different? Know any sites that sell it? Secondly, they have to be next to each other right?

I will put the Gaultheria in that spot alone then

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