For the Best Gardeners in the Cardiff Area

   May 26

Your Questions About Gardening

Mary asks…

How to stop dog from running out of garden?

My dog keeps running out of the garden even when I put wire up so she cannot get out what should I do

GardenersCardiff answers:

Put up a fence. Don’t use an electric shock fence. Its not much cheaper, isn’t guaranteed to work and can cause severe behavioural problems.

1) Some dogs will just run through the fence and take the shock, then refuse to come back in., Which means they are left
To roam the streets until you or the dog warden pick them up, or they get hit buy a car.
2) Some dogs will run through the fence in panic, then not be able to get back.
3) If your dog is fouind on the street wearing a shock collar, he may not be returned to what is seen as an abusive owner.
4) other animals can walk straight in and pick a fight, bite, pass on rabies and other infection.
5) People can steal your dog.
They can learn that when they approach children on the street side of the fence, they get a
shock, and so learn to be aggressive and fearful.

Do they work? This owner think not.


Are they a good idea?


Do shock collars cause behavioural problems such as aggression? Yes they do.


‘Research funded by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
identified negative behavioural and physiological changes in a significant proportion
of dogs which were trained with an electric shock collar in comparison to the non-electric
shock collar control group of dogs in the study.’

Betty asks…

Free blog sites just as good as paying for one?

I don’t have the money to pay for a blog domain of my own. I wish I did, but I don’t. I’d just like to put up some of my writing really. Is signing up with a free blog site like Blogger or WordPress just as good?

GardenersCardiff answers:

Home Depot has a sale on garden furnaces.

George asks…

What is this blue clay in my garden?

While digging a pond in my garden, around 3ft down there is a lot of blue coloured clay.
I was wondering what this is? Or what’s turned it blue?
At 1ft depth there is clay, but it’s at 3ft that it turns blue.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Weird- I have never heard of blue clay in all my gardening years… I did some research. Apparently it’s not good for gardening. On the other hand it has medicinal purposes and can be used for crafting, much like molding clay.

Here is a little info I found from the following site

“Clay soils are composed of very fine particles with few air spaces, thus they are hard to work and often drain poorly – they are also prone to water logging in spring. Blue or grey clays have poor aeration and must be loosened in order to support healthy growth. Red colour in clay soil indicates good aeration and a “loose” soil that drains well. As clay contains high nutrient levels plants grow well if drainage is adequate.”

Hope that helps!
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