Latest posts by steephill

Overgrown garden with bats - what can I do?

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 21:35

Can you say what plants the overgrowth consists of? Your description so far of the size of overgrowth makes me think you don't have a problem. As others have said bats won't be nesting in the typical weed growth of a neglected garden. Anything tree sized may have other constraints beyond bat management such a tree preservation orders but brambles etc. won't cause you any legal problems.

My garden had been neglected for many years before we bought the place and was 6 foot deep in brambles, raspberries and weed tree saplings. I cleared all these out and we still have plenty of bats which forage along the mature beech trees which form one boundary so I don't think you need to worry about the garden. Get a proper survey done on the house though.

Bosh Rotak 43 Electric motor

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 22:40

Sounds like a job for Bosch rather than diy. Are you sure that the motor is the source of the fault? It may just be a faulty switch but I think it needs professional diagnosis and repair.

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 17:45

Fox having a rummage round the garden. Hopefully we will see new cubs in a month or so.

Oops, spotted us watching. Looks a bit grumpy to me.

Cedar Greenhouse

Posted: 12/04/2017 at 13:59

Whether you need toughened glass or not will depend on your situation e.g. kids running around, possibility of frail older people tripping etc. For peace of mind toughened would be best. 

What do the greenhouse manufacturers recommend to secure the glazing? If it is an old greenhouse and you don't know the maker then maybe start with what is currently used. I take it that bu-tile is some form of adhesive strip material (butyl?). Traditionally linseed putty would have been used on old cedar greenhouses but progress with materials may have superceded this now. Have a look at a cedar greenhouse manufacturers website to see what they recommend although they may now use proprietary engineered glazing systems rather than just sticking the glass in place.

Help! I want to level out my garden!

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 11:42

I think levelling that out is more of a civil engineering project than gardening and would benefit from professional advice. Ask for quotes from landscapers but be prepared to tell them what you want from the garden first.

From your photo my guess is that going for a split level would be the best solution and that would need a retaining wall across the garden. I don't think you will be able to level it all either up or down easily.

Large wasps in my house

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 14:20

I think that you already had a nest in your house which is the source of these new queens. It will probably be somewhere in the roof but might not be accessible to you. Far better to catch and release them than kill them, wasps do valuable service for us in pest control in the garden.

Drip irrigation problem

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 12:33

Use a larger bore feed pipe to reduce flow resistance, 13mm is commonly used for this. I have a hozelock system running off a tap which uses a combination of 13mm feed pipe and microbore drip pipes.

These systems generally have pressure reducers fitted to keep pressure to 1 atmosphere but a 2 metre head is only a fifth of an atmosphere so you need to minimise flow resistance.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 20:29

My regular commute before retiring was from Waterloo Station to Victoria Street so I have walked that route many hundreds of times usually silently cursing tourists getting in my way and swearing revenge when I next go on holiday to their countries. Despite my grumpy old git persona I was regularly asked to take their photos on the bridge with their own cameras and was always happy to do it. At that time of day a lot of the people on the bridge would have been tourists enjoying the sights and probably feeling safe having seen the substantial security presence around Westminster, my heart goes out to them.

The police on duty at Westminster have a tough job trying to balance security needs and the hoards of tourists innocently rubber necking at Parliament and do it very well so it is sickening to behold such a pointless act of violence. 

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 22:55

It didn't put us off and I was able to return the favour shortly afterwards on Ben More (Crianlarich version) when he slipped off a ridge having just put away his ice axe. I jumped after him with mine still in hand and was able to stop both of us before a nasty cliff edge. The funny thing is I have a healthy dose of vertigo! Still love the hills though and love seeing your shots of the local hills of my youth. Keep them coming!

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 16/03/2017 at 16:25

Bum sliding was nearly the end of me many years ago in the Cairngorms. We set up a 2 man "snow canoe" (large tough plastic sheet) and started poling with our paddles(ice axes) down a gentle slope singing the Banana Boat song as we went along. Of course the gentle slope soon got a lot steeper and we found ourselves hurtling down a steep icy slope. By the time we had both bailed out and deployed ice axes I was left hanging on a near vertical ice slope and couldn't get a toe hold to allow me to cut steps to get off the slope. Every time I eased the ice axe out I started sliding again.

My mate had bailed a fraction earlier onto softer snow and thankfully was able skirt the ice then cut his way across to make that crucial first toe hold for me and we both got off there safely. The skiers way below us would have been taken out like 9 pins if I had fallen, I reckon I would have hit terminal velocity on the way down. In both senses of the word! 

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