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I’ve talked a lot about the artificial turf we proposed to have fitted on the patio and in the previous post I talked about the adhesive we were told was necessary to hold it down on the concrete surface and its cost. It has to be said that it is a bit of a mystery why those selling the turf do not supply the adhesive with which to fix it to hard surfaces and only cater for the materials required to lay it on open ground. We had been advised to secure the turf with a certain type of adhesive by one person and by a different method from another person, Nobody was really sure what would be suitable but we had been informed by the guy who would be doing the work that the ‘proper’ adhesive would cost us £200. He also suggested a different bonding agent to be applied in a different way. E and I went out on Friday afternoon to a local store in town which specialises in floor coverings of all types, even artificial turf and he supplied us with the correct information and where to buy it. It turned out that an adhesive was sold in tubes suitable for use with a ‘gun’, was waterproof and could even be applied under water! It sold for £9.99 per tube so we bought eight tubes and total covering of the surface wasn’t necessary according to the information we had been given. A few pence less than £80 was far better than paying out £200. I phoned the guy who would be fitting it to let him know we had bought the adhesive and he told me that hopefully he would be here sometime on Saturday to do the work. He arrived in the afternoon and it took a little less than two hours to lay. Twenty minutes later we had a Heavy downpour of rain! Fortunately it wouldn’t affect the adhesive curing properly. He placed a small piece of left-over turf at each entrance and weighed them down with some bricks to prevent the turf from curling up until the adhesive was fully set.Patio grass 1

 

Patio grass 2

 

Patio grass 3

Patio grass 4

Patio grass 5

Notice the row of gooseberry bushes at the bottom of the first two pictures. They seem to be doing very well and should bear plenty of fruit in the Autumn. We just have to keep a close eye for any signs of saw fly infestation so we can eradicate them. We spray the plants if we find there is a problem. We have already decided upon the new furniture we want for the patio and hopefully during this week we will have bought it.

When we arrived back home later in the afternoon ( Friday ) we noticed that someone in the garden on the north side of ours had a large fire going, that is the garden over on the other side of the wall showing mainly at the top right of the first two pictures. Then we saw there were three people working hard, the mother and her son and daughter had been cutting down what we already knew was Japanese Knotweed and burning it on a bonfire. My readers may remember that we had discovered the dreaded weed growing on the other side of the garden wall we subsequently had partially rebuilt. We told the husband about the Knotweed in case he wasn’t aware of its presence because it is a recognised hazard in this country and the authorities have to be informed of its presence. If attempts are made to clear it away it is supposed to be done by a registered company and the waste disposed of in a special way. It seems our neighbours think otherwise. They are making plans to sell their property but in any transaction they have to declare the presence of Japanese Knotweed by law and that could deter prospective purchasers. Maybe they don’t know that they would still be liable for not declaring that information to anyone buying their property. The local authority is aware the problem exists. Maybe our neighbour will be overlaying the ground with some artificial turf to hide it?

Shirley Anne

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