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  2. On another note, earlier today when cutting wood I noticed this heart pattern. It first for about 8 inches through the wood.
  3. Also these brown wrap-around tree guards are great, very strong plastic. I bought light clear plastic ones last year and they are too flimsy as the sheep will just take them off when scratching
  4. Sheep, hares and the occasional Deer can have a go at the trees. The main issue is that sheep like to scratch, and will lean into the tree with all their weight and loosen the trees,this can also knock off tree guards. I prune off any branch that grows under 5 foot and I have tried various other methods such as painting the trees with paint and watered down manure to keep the sheep away. In general they don't pass much heed but every now and then some bastard will decide to strip trees and eat any bark they can get. I also have about 350 apple/pear trees that I bought over the last two years and the sheep always try to get these trees. One ram lamb got into them yesterday and stripped a load of trees that I keep in a protected area. That lamb is going to the factory tomorrow. I have wrapped the trees in black plastic which can save the tree, so hopefully. This is one of the smaller trees with two of the wrap around tree guards which is what I would like on all trees.
  5. I reckon they'll do it for the firewood
  6. To me a stob is a strainer, or sometimes just fenceposts in general
  7. I take it the guards are to prevent the "fecking" sheep eating the trees, this could also perhaps the reason they are transplanted when larger? Marcus
  8. If your planting them that big I wouldn’t have thought they need a shelter, that is a different way of planting trees but if it work then great [emoji106]!
  9. Thank you for the reply. Well 10-12 years ago my father planted an enormous amount of acorns that we collected from a few forests and from this initial planting we have approx 6 thousand trees. We also have another few thousand random trees growing, pretty much any time my dad would find a nice tree growing he would take note of location and collect seed. So we have large amounts of crab apples/plums/cherries/hazel/damsenetc. We also have an established area with older oak. Anyhow it's these trees I am planting. The key to planting these bigger trees is to prune the very hard, pretty much just leaving a 10 foot pole. It looks terrible when you do it but after a few months they develop a lovely crown and this brutal pruning increases survival rates. I have even planted cherry trees that were over 20 years this way with100% survival rate. I only have a few pics, I have some videos but they are shaky as I was just using my phone
  10. Although I've never actually bent a tine myself, others using our old tractor managed it well enough. After giving this some mature thought, I think I'll go back to what I know, a bucket bottom with tines above. Good for scraping up the shitty McShit rakings too... Stuart
  11. Yes I have the 7500 for a couple of years now, mostly for my own domestic jobs, from looking at the gearbox I'd say it was the same design as my old Robin engined single sided Barrus one. It seems good though I don't think it cuts as thick stuff as the rough cut Stihls we had at work. Only problem I had was losing the air filter cover when the screw got loose.
  12. I bought some for home for box plants in tubs not bad at all and easier than the big hedge cutters
  13. Hi , iv read makita is the new Robin. Has anyone used them. Iv used echo and stihl but neither compare to my old Robin's. They're in screwfix at 300£
  14. i've no system just my eyes and plenty of experience in grinding. i have an 8" record grinder and do it all freehand.
  15. Marcus the first time I came across the term it was used for a hot and cold device for creosoting stakes, it was marketed as The Stobster. The broken branch usage seems close to stub.
  16. "Hello. It's egg. Any progress with my matter?" "No." "Thank you. Goodbye." "Goodbye." One unit, £25 + VAT.
  17. I can't see this myself, down here it would settle out at 10% at the end of summer or inside the house but unheated it would gain to a bit less than17% wwb. Also I'd want to see a better support than shown, a block under each line of stickers and more weight on the top
  18. For run of the mill stuff local solicitor said their fees would be £250/hour but the initial talk was free. Subsequently she estimated the hours needed to produce a deed would be 1.5 to 2. The final bill was £942+VAT . Each time you ask them something it racks up as does each time they ask you for anything.
  19. High Street solicitors probably £150-250 per hour (in 10% of an hour/6 minute increments), almost certainly + VAT.
  20. It’s repeat business though Dan.
  21. On the Ash topic... Job doesn’t even start til Weds but I’m sick of it already! Had an hour with the client’s neighbour today explaining the Justification for the Ash take down which straddles their boundary. A real headbanging experience!
  22. £80 minimum for first consultation
  23. I think you need to get a copy of the radio times and look in the back just after the comfy shoes, there you will find the elasticated trousers. Seriously, no idea about the shears but do you really want to be committed to zipping around a load of them over and over? I reckon a more radical prune somewhere near ground level would sort them out.
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