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John Powley replied to John Powley's discussion New turf struggling
"Thanks!
 
Went yesterday and it's just drying out and they said they were just watering it for about ten minutes.
Ground was watered prior to laying but it's amazing how quickly your hard work can get undone. 
They've had a rollicking and are doing…"
27 minutes ago
Richard Gadsby replied to John Powley's discussion New turf struggling
"I’m with Colin. 99% they have put a hose or sprinkler on for 10 mins at most and they think it’s enough........"
8 hours ago
Colin Hunt replied to Andrew Evans's discussion Pond loosing water
"I'm not an expert, but I notice that the waterfalls and header pond have an area that exceeds the surface area of the lower pond by around 5/1. So lets say the whole surface area is around 22 sq.m and lost 10mm a day through evapouration - about nor…"
9 hours ago
Colin Hunt replied to John Powley's discussion New turf struggling
"At this time of year, newly laid turf will root within days, providing it has moisture and that means when laid, ie thoroughly wetting the ground BEFORE laying.  For aftercare, very few customers understand that watering means WATERING and think a s…"
10 hours ago
John Fulton replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"The skin has healed over now and no infection , I remember kneeling on it and it left a mark which can flare up randomly at certain times , I think pyracantha can leave the fine tip of the thorn under your skin and it can really swell up until it wo…"
10 hours ago
Richard Gadsby replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"That was going to be my suggestion! That’s what I do. Get the leatherman out and dig it out straight away before it has the chance to go bad! 
Disclaimer it’s not that bright to do it:)"
18 hours ago
Jon Ward replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"Don’t hack at it with your penknife then and  wonder why it hurts more?"
18 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"If the thorn is surrounded by weeping puss you can try sitting in a bath of hot water and flexing your leg to draw it out. If that doesn’t work ask the pharmacist at your local chemist about using some drawing ointment.
http://www.boots.com/boots-ph…"
18 hours ago
John Fulton replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"Agree on the Pyracantha , the irritation from a skin puncture can last all week , gauntlets help , i have a thorn from ages ago embedded in my knee and every so often it flares up like some some old shrapnel wound ."
19 hours ago
Glen Stillman replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"The sap of rue can be potentially very nasty, and the sap from fig trees is quite an irritatant. "
19 hours ago
Tony @SM replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"I find Ivy gives me hay fever symptoms, despite not normally suffering from it. Laurel trimmings are quite nauseus and I always avoid getting a lungfull. It does fade though as the clippings age.
Blubells irritate my skin if I get splashed while str…"
20 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Rob's discussion Is it safe to cut near or around posionous plants?
"The coroner recorded an open verdict at the inquest, the cause of death was never definitively established."
21 hours ago
Progreen Weed Control’s discussion was featured
Hello,Customer living in Surrey area : Postcode : KT12 5NS wants a gardener to spray some weeds and do some general garden maintenance. Sorry, no idea of what needs doing and how large the garden is......Pls contact us for customer email......Cheers…
22 hours ago
Andrew Watts replied to John Powley's discussion New turf struggling
"A few things to consider:
1. Was  a "pre turf" fertiliser added to the soil before laying the turf? Has it been fed at all?
2. Check if it's being watered enough - should be moist enough down to 4" depth. Are they using a sprinkler or by hand?
3. Ha…"
22 hours ago
Ben Carter replied to Tim Stevens's discussion Tree died that I planted 3 months ago
"Was is a bare root or container tree?
Did you dry the roots out? if it was a bare rooted tree even a few minutes while you dig the hole can have serious effect on roots.  If it was a container grown tree bought from a good nursery that know what the…"
22 hours ago
Ben Carter replied to John Powley's discussion New turf struggling
"New turf needs soaking all the time in the heat.  I suspect the close proximity to the concrete doen't help but they are not putting enough water on it.  
When did you lay it?
Has it Knitted in yet? 
Good luck!"
22 hours ago
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Pond loosing water

I have a client which we built a large waterfall in the garden for but have had a lot of problems with it loosing water. The warerall is built on three tiers with a header pond aprox 2mx2m x 900mm deep then it runs down about 5 meters x 2 meters,…

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