KIT LIST YOU'LL NEED TO BUILD A WATER BUTT To do this job you will need: A water butt (with stand, to raise it off the ground) A water butt diverter kit, to match your downpipe A tape measure A spirit level A hack saw A drill with a 25mm bit A rubber mallet (or block of wood and a hammer) A concrete paving slab and sharp sand
(if fitting on an uneven surface) BE SURE TO RAISE YOUR BUTT OFF THE GROUND Depending on how much space you have, you can buy water butts that hold various volumes of water, from 25 litres up to over 500 litres.
You may also want to use a garden fork to make holes in the lawn to aerate it and reduce compaction, and fill the holes with sharp sand
to aid drainage.
Rockeries need a free draining soil so use equal parts of compost and sharp sand
Deterrents include copper tape around pots and placing sharp sand
or crushed eggshells around plants.
Quality Some people recommend digging sharp sand
into it but I'm not a fan - you need a huge amount.
Digging in gravel or sharp sand
helps, in fact it is essential if soil is on the heavy side.
I used a layer of sharp sand
mixed with lime to stop slugs and snails, but as soon as the beans arrived, the leaves turned yellow then brown, and the beans started to wither.
The scope includes type 1 GSB (virgin aggregate), recycled 10 mm pipe bedding, recycled sharp sand
, top soil and the collection of NWL~s excavated waste for recycling.
We're also putting down some sharp sand
to help them.
Improve grass growth by topdressing the lawn, spreading a mix of sharp sand
, good garden soil and sieved compost over the lawn with the back of a rake.
If you don't have a greenhouse, when planting bulbs put a 2cmdeep layer of horticultural grit or sharp sand
on the surface of the compost.
The replacement block should simply drop into place, but you may need to line the hole with a little sharp sand
to get the depth right.