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A potash feed is what you get in commercial Tomato feed. It is not the same as wood ash, though that is valuable in the garden.
Bit more info needed. New lawn, new house, house new to you, drainage laid underneath, wet area (rainfall), shaded or full sun?
Sounds like a drainage problem.
If sweet chestnuts are growing 'au naturel' they should not be expected to bear fruit until they are 8 year's old.
It is too early to think about thinning out the surplus fruit. Case of 'counting your chickens'. Wait until after the 'June drop' you may find there are less than you think.
It is good not to over-tax a young tree though so your aims are good; just a bit premature.
The damage to the roots will be minimal if you put the stake in now. Better that than the plant falling down and getting damaged.
Yes, I saw my first Swift this afternoon. Same day as last year!
Landscape gardeners do know about this kind of thing, but if the client specifies wood, that is what they use. It does depend on the type of wood. Is it oak?
Bricks are more durable but wood looks nice.
I would agree it looks like bird poo. Badger poo is usually runny. Fox poo looks like a dog poo with pointy end.
Yes, I bet it is full of weed seeds to. Though worms are good!
Best advice is Take it Back and tell them about any seeds or plants it has killed or harmed. Tell them you use a messageboard and you won't hesitate to repeat how bad their compost is.