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Posted: 09/07/2016 at 18:40

It also depends what you want it for. If it's for under a path or driveway you need to go for the heavier weight 100gsm. If it's for on a border with little or no foot traffic the lighter weight stuff will be ok. 

Make sure you order enough to allow for some overlaps between the widths / lengths.


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 18:34

Have a good time at Hidcote Yvie - I was there a couple of weeks ago when we were in the middle of that torrential downpours period - it was absolutely beautiful 

DD - there will probably be a few more days like this to come I'm afraid - but I'm sure you've done the right thing tonight. Enjoy dinner with Charlie & I hope work goes ok too. Don't forget to give yourself a breather now and again 

Wonky I'm sure MIL really appreciates your hard work. If the plants you've given her are half as nice as the ones you gave me, her garden will be a riot of colour in no time!

Hello Flumpy


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 14:45

Runny - I hate almost anything ostentatious / over the top etc etc - to me it's just a glorified form of showing off. Your friend's daughters sound like brats who just wanted a big show for them - nothing whatever to do with their mother.

Some people thought we were awful because we had no hymns or readings at my dad's funeral and there were very few words said at all. It was a very short 'service'. Not because we didn't care but because that's what he asked for - no religious 'stuff' (his words), no eulogy, no music.

Made it very difficult to plan as an 'event' - but his brothers and sisters insisted they wanted an 'event'. Felt guilty because we asked the vicar to see him off - but we couldn't think who else to do it and otherwise it would just have been a group of people sat in the crem. staring at a coffin! Nobody wanted to stand up and say a few words but 'everybody' wanted 'somebody' to do it. Nightmare.

Hate family stuff like weddings & funerals - always seems to disintegrate with undercurrents of tension & hostility with ancient arguments rearing their ugly heads. But maybe mine is just a totally dysfunctional family...

NDN's can be as bad (although some can become lifelong friends ). I'll join in the effigy sticking on P'Doc's behalf. Hope he's ok. 


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 13:38

An old friend of my OH's family died earlier this year (well into her 80's so nothing traumatic or unexpected). We all knew that there would be many faces from my OH's childhood there and much reminiscing afterwards.

My sister-Iin-law (who has very low standards in many things) lives abroad and wondered if we could 'do some photos' so she could see who was there. Short shrift I'm afraid....


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 11:07

How weird is that? - Wonky's post wasn't there before my last posting. and it wasn't there when I refreshed the page to see what you were urging her to do. Went to previous page - came back to this one and suddenly it was there... 

Anyways, - you're a great DIL to do that Wonky - hope you can make it secure  and looking nice in a day. Watch out Instant Gardener!!

Filled lawnmower with petrol, pulled it out of the shed and the heavens opened . Potted on some basil, did washing up - sun is shining now. Time for a quick cuppa and I'll go and try again.


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 09:41

Funerals - photos - that is dreadful Hosta - Isuspect they've been doing it in the USA for some time though.

We went to see The Proclaimers in concert a few months ago. Dark auditorium - lots of little bright screens all over the place taking pictures / video / Facebooking / Instagramming etc etc - totally and utterly distracting - put me right off paying the sort of money you have to part with to go to these events.

It's called courtesy and respect - some people have no idea of the meaning of these words.

Why do people feel the need to shoot a really cr*p video of a sporting event instead of just soaking up the atmosphere and actually enjoying the event?

Some people seem to live life through a screen....

Rant over.


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 09:27

Fairy - when I said the Federer result was wrong I meant for me personally  -  love watching Roger 

You're right that the best player won though. Roger was looking very tired at the end and Raonic played some simply brilliant shots. I suspect he will give Andy a run for his money tomorrow if nerves don't get to him.


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 08:30


Enjoyed the tennis yesterday - the Federer match was good but the result was wrong, Murray match a bit dull but the result was right. Hey ho - looking forward to tomorrow.

Meanwhile I must do some jobs today - SM, grass cutting, dead heading, bit of hwk - better get out of bed then 


Posted: 08/07/2016 at 22:38

In case anybody didn't follow Pansy's last link - it was basically a reminder that Jeyes fluid is highly toxic for cats & probably not much better for dogs and other small animals. Therefore not recommended for areas feequented by animals.

If you want a disinfectant which is safe around animals consult a vet for advice. In the cattery we used Trigene which is fine around cats and I would think is ok round dogs but check first.

Never use phenol based products in areas frequented by cats.


Posted: 08/07/2016 at 17:52

I think it is a little harsh to condemn somebody's choice of artificial turf without knowing anything about their personal circumstances. Wouldn't be my choice - but I don't have to use a wheelchair, I have time to cut a lawn, I have space to store a lawnmower, I can afford to buy a lawn mower, I like gardening etc etc

To answer the question I would hesitate to use Jeyes fluid anywhere in the garden. It's quite nasty stuff, not great for the environment & will leave your turf smelling like a particularly dodgy public toilet.

I would go with a really good hose down per Fidget's suggestion. If there are any particularly dodgy areas perhaps a scrub with some heavily diluted biological washing powder / liquid or even some carpet cleaner. 

Clari is right that the best people to advise are the manufacturers of the turf. Failing that I just would treat it a bit like a carpet.

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