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tree overhanging my property?? what can i do

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 17:31

That certainly wouldn't work for me Jennifer. The thistles, docks and nettles set seed throughout my borders which are full of treasures. No option other than to hand weed. 

I keep on top of weeds on my side of the fence, I'm sure Lou does too. It's just bl***y annoying having to spend time dealing with what is effectively somebody else's litter plus having to look at it as well.

My neighbour has had so many run-ins with everybody owning property adjoining or affected by hers. She has been taken to task by the PC, invoiced for work which had to be carried out by the LA, been taken to court for compensation after some of her horses got out and trampled a garden and boycotted by all the local farmers (who often do bits of extra work for locals such as hedge cutting and ditch clearing for a very small fee) because she just doesn't pay her bills. She nearly bankrupted a small local fencing company after not settling an invoice for £20,000 worth of fencing for nearly a year.

She has lots of land and over 20 horses. She has decent cars and horse boxes. She has just had new outbuildings erected. She is not short of money. She is just a pain in the rear end!!

Phew - sorry for that little rant - but I feel much better for getting that off my chest 

tree overhanging my property?? what can i do

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 13:09

If the wall is yours and the tree is damaging it I would have thought you have a case against the council because they are causing damage to your property. 

If, however, the wall belongs to the council you do not have a case unless you can show that the wall is becoming unstable - which could result in injury to a person or animal and / or cause damage to your property.

Maybe a chat with a solicitor / good read at the library / internet research 

Maybe start here

I am fed up to the back teeth with neighbour issues - the docks, thistles and nettles immediately behind my garden are now 5' high and full of seed which will all be blown into my garden. All because the owner of the land can't be a*sed to get out there and maintain it. We already club together with other neighbours to pay somebody to come and cut her hedges back to keep our tiny lane clear and passable. 

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Propagating Hosta Cuttings

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 12:53

It's a hydropod cuttings propagator. 

If you Google that you'll come up with some retailers. You could also have a look under hydroponics propagation for similar systems.

The one shown on GW certainly seemed very effective for hostas and I can think of several other plants that would probably do well - basil for one.


Posted: 21/07/2016 at 09:17


another lovely day - we had a bit of rain last night & it feels much fresher today. Might get a few jobs done ...

Glad to hear Runny is ok - I do hope she will come back soon.

Good to see you DD - your garden is looking beautiful. I know you have your hands full at the moment but can you start saving seeds / taking cuttings / divisions of some favourite plants so you can take a bit of your old garden with you?

Hello too to anyone else popping in. 

Washing to be done - SYL


Posted: 20/07/2016 at 18:41

Safe journey tomorrow Lily

Very hot and close (still 29C outside) & lots of upstairs furniture being moved at the moment. It's gone quite dark so let's see if we get some rain - will be a bit of a relief if we do.

Tree for a small garden

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 17:21

Me again Greenfoot.

That is quite a small garden for a tree.... even for one of my beloved crab apples... unless you can find one grown on a dwarf root stock and I'm not sure if they do that for crab apples.

As Nanny B says perhaps a small acer - but you will need to check out soil type and potential exposure problems first.

Failing that - perhaps a topiarised shrub might be the answer? Something like this?

or even this?

Dementia Charity needs advice and help please

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:12

Sounds like a lovely idea - hope you can make it work. Unfortunately I live several hundred miles south so can't offer to help.

I'll try to remember to bump this up later on this afternoon so some of our gardening friends in Scotland might see it. Unfortunately I don't think there are that many of them in your area - but you never know.

Tree for a small garden

Posted: 20/07/2016 at 12:01

Crab apples (or Malus) are my go-to tree.

They are relatively small,  traditionally shaped, deciduous trees providing year round interest. Usually smothered in blossom over quite a long period in spring (the closed buds are attractive too), they provide shade in the summer and have brilliant bright fruits in the autumn and winter. The fruit can be harvested to make crab apple jelly or left for the birds over winter.

John Downie is a classic with lovely coloured fruits but is very susceptible to scab and loses it's fruit very early (mine never make it beyond Sept). I wouldn't recommend it if it's the only tree you are growing.

'Red Sentinel' has beautiful red fruit - I find they last through till about Jan / Feb and look stunning against a clear blue sky. 'Gorgeous' has larger red fruit but I don't  know how long it lasts. 

'Evereste' has more orangey fruit - these last right through until Feb when the blackbirds have a field day.

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Posted: 20/07/2016 at 11:48


Did a little light deadheading and watering first thing and moved the car. Car thermostat said 33C at 10am...

The wind has really picked up now which is not good for the garden when it's this hot and we've had no rain for a couple of weeks. The shrubs in my woodland border (under a mature ash & copper beach) are starting to look a little droopy so I may have to do some serious watering if they don't pick up when it cools down. Most of them have been in situ for about 4 years now so they should be starting to look after themselves. Would somebody like to tell them that please?

Not planning to do very much at all today - last really hot day so might as well use the excuse while I can 


Posted: 19/07/2016 at 22:16

Runny  Please come back soon - I love your postings - funny and irreverent - sometimes laugh out loud funny. 

Missing P'doc too. Hope he's ok.

Hope the rest of you are going nowhere anytime soon...

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