Latest posts by sthlndngrower

rotavator/ riddler?

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 08:42

many thanks for your comments

rotavator/ riddler?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 10:39


i once came across a rotavating tool, long pole with two lumpy wheel type things on the end, great for breaking up the surface of soil to a fine tilth. i thought it as called a riddler, but when i search for this I get garden compost sieves. have tried every search term i can think of but not found anything like it.... any ideas? would love to get one for my allotment- heavy clay!

overgrown trees

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 21:27

Many thanks for your comments... Will give Capel a call tomorrow!

overgrown trees

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 10:01


I have some very overgrown trees in my garden, a cherry, an oak and a horse chestnut! The oak and cherry have all their growth on one side and have grown horizontally leaving most of the garden in complete shade. I'd love to get a tree surgeon in, but really can;t afford it.

Do any of you know of any charities or horticultural colleges that do Tree Surgeon courses, that might be peased to have somewhere to practice? I'm based in London.


Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 19:47

Just a little update folks... i popped a polite note through my neighbours door on Sunday..explaining that we (property contains several flats) needed to cut back as despite trying to keep it in trim, it was shading our pants and we think, infested with vine weevil... we are duty bound, as legally speaking it is your property, to offer you the prunings... lack of car to take to the tip etc... Low and behold, as I was leaving for work the next morning, her gardeners were pulling up outside and later on I got home from work to find the garden cleed of all the prunings. result!

many thanks for all your comments, the amusing as well as the knowledgeable!

as always, much appreciated all GWers.

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 19:36

I've now got 61 posts on my thread! How exciting.... Dove, don't worry, I'm not in the slightest put off, rather amused in fact.

In answer to all the queries, I asked the original question after i'd started on the hedge... got cold feet, or rather, saw how much I was going to have to tidy up & started to chicken out! Thanks to your advice I continued to butcher the hedge, just as far back as the boundary. I can't tell you how good it felt to vent with the hedge trimmer and loppers, was really, really stressed with the return to work looming.

I've procrastinated asking the neighbour if her gardener will take away prunings... am a bit concerned they will then present me with a bill, following Hostafan's message re professional gardeners having to pay for what is considered commercial waste. I can but ask, and to be honest, i don't have a contract with them so if they were to present me with  bill (which i doubt, I'm just worrying) then i wouldn't have to pay it and could just remind the neighbour about her ghastly son chucking all his fag ends into my garden!

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:08

Gracious! I'm now wondering if i should parcel up the vine weevil infested privet prunings and share them around... and there is was getting excited I had 47 replies! Most of them useful- many thanks.

Weed killer on allotment... Which to use

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 10:42

Thank you all. i think i will use glyphosate once sparingly as soon as the new spring growth begins coming through, hopefully get rid of enough to make a difference. thereafter I will carry on digging out to keep it at bay.

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 10:36

wouldn't dream of chucking it back into my neighbour's garden, agree Verdun, far too provocative. 

Hostafan1, thanks for the tip re professional gardeners needing to pay for trade waste...  I suspect in that case they will refuse. I will drop a note in or try and catch her for a friendly chat & offer her the prunings, otherwise i think i will just have to burn it or bag up for the bin men to take, they are supposed to take up to 5 bags per week garden waste.

thanks everyone for all your advice.

Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 14:56

Thank you all for your advice.... I will have a friendly chat and see if her Gardeners can take away e prunings, and try and engage in friendly What we both want to make the best of the garden type conversation. Fingers crossed!

once again, many thanks for the advice.

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