Tim Burr


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Weeds ?

Posted: 29/05/2016 at 14:25

Save me starting a new thread....


Can somebody please confirm what this weed is?  It appears to have populated an area of my front garden in a gravel bed, which has weed suppressing membrane under the gravel.  It has colonised above the weed membrane in the gravel but has anchored its roots in the fabric.  Ignore the baby sycamore tree in the picture.  I know what that is. :-)


Black spot on yucca

Posted: 28/05/2016 at 23:45

The black spots are probably caused by fungal spores that have been splashed up from the soil by heavy rain.  The best way to deal with the black spots and reduce the risk of further infections is to cut off the infected leaves, and also any leaves close to the ground.  The risk is you've the fungus in the soil so it may become a recurring problem.  You can use copper fungicide, or neem oil on the plant early in the season.

Japenesse knotweed

Posted: 21/05/2016 at 16:55

She should speak to the solicitors who did the conveyance work. If the vendor deliberately lied, then all costs, including your daughters costs should be recovered. Also, check out the house insurance policy to see if it includes legal cover as that may cover off the initial risk.  You may also want to inform the mortgage providers as having knotweed on the garden could impact on the valution they provided the mortgage for.

Ivy damaging my property

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 23:12

Be careful when getting into disputes with neighbours.  If and when you come to sell up and move house, you are required to provide information on disputes with neighbours.  If you don't and a purchaser then finds out or they have their own issues which identifies previous disputes, then they could sue you for not disclosing it.


And I also agree with Emma41.  You can cut any overhanging growth from neighbours plants without the need to get permission (except if its a tree with a TPO).  However, you cannot simply drop or dump what you have cut off into your neighbours garden as you could be done with fly-tipping (yes, seriously true!).  You also cannot keep it, because you can be accused of theft.  So the only way around it is to offer it back and if they say no, then its up to you to dispose.  You can't just throw it over the fence and think its no longer your problem.  

Impact of lowering soil level on existing trees

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 15:03

Tree roots go outwards as well as down so any attempt to reduce the soil below the current level will create an issue with exposing the roots which may be just below the surface (ie, one or two feet down). If you expose them you would then probably want to cut them off, and then you risk the tree no longer being anchored with the risk of it toppling over especially in a high wind or even strong breeze.  On a mature tree, the roots dispersal can be as wide at the canopy, however, it will depend on the tree.  As a good guide you can do a root:trunk ratio of 12:1.  So for every 1 inch of trunk diameter, the roots go out by 12 inches.  So if the diameter of the trunk is 20 inches, you're looking at around 240 inches or 20 foot.  I don't see how you can feasibly reduce the level of the ground a tree is already planted in without doing serious damage to the tree or killing it.  You either need to leave them be, or make the difficult decision to remove them, lower the ground and replant with same or something different in the newly lowered ground.

Cat scent!

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 13:05

Chicken wire isn't that razor sharp Korno.  If something jumped on it its likely to simple fold and buckle under the weight.

Weeding My Boarders

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 10:05

To fix up the lawn you need to weed and feed it which, unless you want to do lots of hard work, is going to have be a chemical solution.  Use a proprietary brand of lawn feed and weed.  I prefer to use a liquid form, rather than granules but its what you prefer.  Be careful if you're using a weeding solution where you have children and/or pets.  Ideally you should not allow both on to the lawn until its washed into the soil through action of rain or watering, so if you do it when you know its going to rain in a day or so, then that's ideal.  You also need to be careful if you put out any pets on your lawn, such as rabbits or guinea pigs - they won't be able to go out for weeks or even a month or so until all the weedkiller has flushed out of the soil and cut the grass for at least 3/4 times.  I'm sure people will say they put weed/feed on their lawns all the time and allow children/pets on it, but can't be too cautious in my view.  Just read the label to see whats in it and you'll understand.

Lilly beatles

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 09:28

Garlic water sprayed on Lilly plants will deter beetles and its not toxic to animals or yourself.  Simply take 3 cloves of garlic, crush it, put in a pan of 2 pints of water, boil for 3 minutes, leave to go cool, and then use around one tablespoon of the concentrated garlic water to one gallon of water.  Add a little bit of washing up liquid (this makes the water stick to the leaves), and spray the plants all over, not forgetting the underside of the leaves where the often lurk.  You can also use the same for slugs/snail, and aphids.

Cat scent!

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 09:19

Simplest thing to do is simply use a piece of chicken wire on a roll and stop access to the area by segregating the area off so the cat can't gain access.  Only need to do it for a week or so, and the smell will go and the cat will move on to somewhere else.  If you must allow your cat to go outside, then you obviously need a place for them to go, ideally in your own garden to avoid the wrath of your neighbours who are a fickle breed.  My cat uses a litter tray indoors, and will come in from the garden when she needs to spend a penny or two!  She is far too posh to go outside!

Weeding My Boarders

Posted: 14/05/2016 at 09:12

If you mulch (google it!) the borders it will not only help to improve the soil structure and keep moisture in so you don't need to water so much, mulch will also suppress weeds.  Another good way of keep weeds down is to try and pack your borders out with plants so weeds can't get in edgeways.  If you want  to fill borders cheaply, go for plants that will wander freely, such as Geranium, or Vinca Minor (aka Periwinkle), both of which provide ground cover and then you can plant amongst it.  Never let weeds flower - you don't want more seed dispersed into the gardens.  Hoeing is also good, and to do it on a nice hot sunny day.  You breaks up the top few inches of the soil and it looses it up so weeds lose their foothold, and expose roots to the air, which will kill them off.


Sorry to hear about your lawn - sounds like a duff job.  You need to get them back in to review their work.  What they've done doesn't sound like good job or good turf.  Any reputable supplier would not have weeds growing in their turf.  

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