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Thankyou, I was thinking of putting 1 of these View attachment 16171
In each of these gaps between the planters so 2 altogether View attachment 16172


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I assume it's box. There is a potential problem of box blight but it should be fine for a while at least as it's most susceptible from wounds due to trimming. If it does need trimming just make sure you regularly dip the shears/secateurs in a very weak soapy or bleach solution as you do it and to keep the blades sharp and clean.

Garden looks good. I got started as I had to cut the lawn and weed mine and my nan's houses from my early teens and that got tedious. So I wanted to be more creative and started getting more into plants and planting stuff and I've somehow become a bit of a plantaholic and have got tons of different flowers/shrubs in my gardens. Far too much of a mish mash and got things that really shouldn't be growing together for some reason or another.
 
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Bookmarking this thread for when my house purchase goes through. Bought it mostly for the garden.

First one though: apparently the fish pond needs a new liner. Is that as easy as it sounds?
I reckon it is once you have removed the water already there.. You have the foundations which is the hard part
 
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Bookmarking this thread for when my house purchase goes through. Bought it mostly for the garden.

First one though: apparently the fish pond needs a new liner. Is that as easy as it sounds?
Congratulations on the house BTW
 

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Looks lovely... double garage at the back too? Bit of privacy with no houses at the back overlooking you also.
Yeah it’s the canal behind it then green belt farmers fields so hopefully it stays that way. Garage is huge. I’m planning a home office for the new normal. Just looking into my options between “sat in a garage with the laptop” and “£40k refurb where David Cameron can write a novel”
 
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Bookmarking this thread for when my house purchase goes through. Bought it mostly for the garden.

First one though: apparently the fish pond needs a new liner. Is that as easy as it sounds?
It really depends on how the pond has been constructed. If it's brick-walled and the brick is in a good state, then it's simply about draining the swamp and catering for any life forms in there (e.g. in tubs of water or inflatable swimming pool). If it's type in which slabs/rockery have been placed on the liner edging, usually with other rockery holding the tops slabs / rockery up, then, of course, these will need to be removed and reseated.

When reseating, avoid lime cement; instead use a waterfall foam, which will usually be good enough. There are plenty of pond liner calculators on the internet to help you determine what size liner you require. Liners are of various qualities. For long life buy Firestone liner, though it is pricey.

Would be good to see a picture. Do you know why a new liner is required? It may point to an issue that needs fixing.

I put in a small pond this spring. Originally it was three times as big, with the intention of keeping fish. Unfortunately, I discovered that I live in an area with a high water course/table. It was impossible to stop the liner floating up and discharging the pond contents.

(Liner needs some gravel work!) 1596049320145.png
 

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It really depends on how the pond has been constructed. If it's brick-walled and the brick is in a good state, then it's simply about draining the swamp and catering for any life forms in there (e.g. in tubs of water or inflatable swimming pool). If it's type in which slabs/rockery have been placed on the liner edging, usually with other rockery holding the tops slabs / rockery up, then, of course, these will need to be removed and reseated.

When reseating, avoid lime cement; instead use a waterfall foam, which will usually be good enough. There are plenty of pond liner calculators on the internet to help you determine what size liner you require. Liners are of various qualities. For long life buy Firestone liner, though it is pricey.

Would be good to see a picture. Do you know why a new liner is required? It may point to an issue that needs fixing.

I put in a small pond this spring. Originally it was three times as big, with the intention of keeping fish. Unfortunately, I discovered that I live in an area with a high water course/table. It was impossible to stop the liner floating up and discharging the pond contents.

(Liner needs some gravel work!) View attachment 16185
Wow. Thanks. No it was just mentioned by the seller when we were talking about whether I’d want the koi carp left as he can’t transport them up North. Just said “pond’ll need a new liner” in passing.

Will definitely be hitting you up once I’m in for advice though.
 

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Wow. Thanks. No it was just mentioned by the seller when we were talking about whether I’d want the koi carp left as he can’t transport them up North. Just said “pond’ll need a new liner” in passing.

Will definitely be hitting you up once I’m in for advice though.
Cool. Would love koi carp - in fact, even goldfish would do but alas not with the size and type of pond I have. Koi carp ponds are usually very simple - plenty of depth, no rockery. As the liner is usually exposed in these ponds they are subject to a lot of uv, so sounds like its simply that the liner has come to the end of its useful life (can vary 10-20 years).

Now, I'd assume it uses a filter/pump and may also have a debris/leaf skimmer. That will require a bit of skill in separating the filter/skimmer, cutting the liner, applying gasket sealant and reattaching the filter/skimmer. These aren't skills I have, but when you're ready to post some pictures of your set up I reckon I'll be able to tell you what you have, what's required, and point you to some good sources.
 
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Cool. Would love koi carp - in fact, even goldfish would do but alas not with the size and type of pond I have. Koi carp ponds are usually very simple - plenty of depth, no rockery. As the liner is usually exposed in these ponds they are subject to a lot of uv, so sounds like its simply that the liner has come to the end of its useful life (can vary 10-20 years).

Now, I'd assume it uses a filter/pump and may also have a debris/leaf skimmer. That will require a bit of skill in separating the filter/skimmer, cutting the liner, applying gasket sealant and reattaching the filter/skimmer. These aren't skills I have, but when you're ready to post some pictures of your set up I reckon I'll be able to tell you what you have, what's required, and point you to some good sources.
I’ll be honest. I’m saying koi carp based on calling them “fucking huge fish” at work and being corrected by the animal lady there. Will definitely post up details when I’m in.
 

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I've never been much of a gardener, but when I owned my own house in Tile Hill, I had a lovely garden. I dug out a fish pond (which actually led to my first heart attack!), planted a smashing plum tree which yielded many pounds of plums every year. I also had a small canvas gazebo thing for when family and friends came round and we'd eat 'al fresco'. Have some great memories. Hope you enjoy your garden as much as we did ours, Evo. I will be keeping my eye on this post as, at the moment, we just have a communal garden area, but hopefully moving in a few months (requested a bungalow), so a garden thread would be really handy!
 

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I've done quite a bit in the garden whilst I've been furloughed and I am halfway through painting the decking which is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I would have liked to have got more done but have been delayed by the weather and the midges!!
 
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I've done quite a bit in the garden whilst I've been furloughed and I am halfway through painting the decking which is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I would have liked to have got more done but have been delayed by the weather and the midges!!
Fortunately, we don't get many midges by us
 
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It’s great. Genuinely can’t believe it was in my budget. Bedworth eh?
I've just had a look at the properties, why are they so cheap compared to Coventry? some of the houses are about half the price (granted, I don't know the areas).
 
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I've just had a look at the properties, why are they so cheap compared to Coventry? some of the houses are about half the price (granted, I don't know the areas).
Yeah the areas aren’t amazing but it’s a weird mix. The estate where I’m buying there social and flats nearby but also quite nice retiree bungalows that wouldn’t look out of place in the posher bits of Earlsdon, and some nice new builds.

Talking to someone who moved there a while ago and they insisted there were no “No go areas” like in Cov. Guess I’ll find out how true that is!
 
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Yeah the areas aren’t amazing but it’s a weird mix. The estate where I’m buying there social and flats nearby but also quite nice retiree bungalows that wouldn’t look out of place in the posher bits of Earlsdon, and some nice new builds.

Talking to someone who moved there a while ago and they insisted there were no “No go areas” like in Cov. Guess I’ll find out how true that is!
My old gaffers business was based out of the estate by Bayton Road, that was nice and quite, and never saw gang of yoof's hanging about. Dunno where your's is but the garden looks class, you'll have to join us on the veg/allotment thread. ;)
 

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Yeah the areas aren’t amazing but it’s a weird mix. The estate where I’m buying there social and flats nearby but also quite nice retiree bungalows that wouldn’t look out of place in the posher bits of Earlsdon, and some nice new builds.

Talking to someone who moved there a while ago and they insisted there were no “No go areas” like in Cov. Guess I’ll find out how true that is!
Where you from in cov mate
 

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Where you from in cov mate
Earlsdon born and raised (first house next to what’s now Subway, then the Riddings for most of my childhood), bought in Foleshill for my first house, stuck there far too long until divorce, been renting in Finham since in the vain hope of winning the argument to send my daughter there for secondary. Lost that argument. So I’m moving to bedduth :D
 

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Earlsdon born and raised (first house next to what’s now Subway, then the Riddings for most of my childhood), bought in Foleshill for my first house, stuck there far too long until divorce, been renting in Finham since in the vain hope of winning the argument to send my daughter there for secondary. Lost that argument. So I’m moving to bedduth :D
The riddings is very nice..
 

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The riddings is very nice..
Yeah. Though more so now (talk to my Mum about “new Riddings people” 😂), and I probably lived in the worst house on the road. My parents garden was big (trying to keep this on topic), with Canley brook at the bottom of it. So I was a little spoiled and had a bit of a shock when it came to buying my own place :D

Living in Foleshill really ground me down, need the greenery for my sanity.
 
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Yeah. Though more so now (talk to my Mum about “new Riddings people” 😂), and I probably lived in the worst house on the road. My parents garden was big (trying to keep this on topic), with Canley brook at the bottom of it. So I was a little spoiled and had a bit of a shock when it came to buying my own place :D

Living in Foleshill really ground me down, need the greenery for my sanity.
I couldn't live over that side of Coventry, I love the fact tile hill (whilst a mad hole) is surrounded by lots of woods and fields
 
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Back on topic anyway... I'm thinking of adding some decking behind the shed, it's an area that gets the most hours of sun... Missus wants one of those egg chairs to go there and whilst nice... They are expensive
 

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I'm no gardener, but I'm going to dig out a patch in my back garden and buy one of those packets of beebombs, grow a mini wildflower meadow like this, supposed to be great habitat for honey bees:
My daughter gave me a packet of them from school... Didn't know they looked like that.. Might have to find a space now
 
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I have an owl on a fence on my back panel at the top of my garden, I'm thinking of buying some growing clematis to go in and around it as I love them tbh, that's my next job clem.jpg
 
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Not something I’m planning to do where I’m moving cos it’s got the pond but when I was looking somewhere else and really wanted running water, quite fancied this as a project:


Looks reasonably easy. Need a good chunk of space mind.
 
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