Picture this: An alley between a house and the neighbor's fence. 10 feet
wide with a concrete sidewalk which comes around the house. The walk's a
couple of feet wide and the rest of the alley is grass. My son wants to
place a wooden fence across this alley, but include a gate. It's at his
mom's house, so I'm just the advisor. He's talking about using stockade
My take on this is that the stationary part of the fence (over the grass)
will be one more thing his mother has to use the trimmer on, and she hates
the machine. Why not create one big swinging gate that can be opened flush
against the neighbor's fence during mowing? I haven't made any calls to
lumber yards yet, but could swear I've seen wooden gates that big, probably
at farms. Maybe with a roller at the bottom to support the weight?
Or, am I imagining this?
OH, roundup is always an option. It's just a matter of deciding if you WANT
to do it the easy way or make it hard. And yes, you can build a gate even
if you can't buy one like you want. The biggest deal would be if the
sidwalk is higher than the surrounding ground, it may be tricky to have a
wheel on the end.
You can build wooden gates that are as much as 16' w/o needing any
wheels...have whole passel of 'em. Do need a good support, however, but
a 10-footer wouldn't be much hassle at all if done correctly.
And, if decide want the wheel, the spring-loaded, large diameter guys
(you can buy the mechanisms ready-made) will handle it trivially.
But, it's going to be more effort than OP is thinking--the two 5-footers
would be a simpler solution if he can get away w/ opening the one
against the other property as opposed to his own.
I guess you went to the same school as Spare brains Kanter. Roundup,
when applied properly presents no problem near or IN vegetable
gardens. You wouldn't want to apply it directly to your salad as a
dressing at the dinner table, but almost all vegetables you buy in a
store were grown in fields where Roundup has been used. It breaks down
into harmless components very quickly after application.
We all use more pesticides than are needed in various ways. I chose to
limit mine as the yard runoff leads to the lines that dump straight to the
rivers. I find vinegar works for my needs. Might kill a food plant or so,
but no harm eating the produce of it at all even if soaked in it.
I dont know if he above is 'too young' or just prefers to not believe that
chemicals leach all over with the ground water.
In some places, they DO leach into groundwater, or they end up in waste
treatment plants which are not designed to remove them. I prefer to assume
the worst. He prefers to see the rosy picture. Which way is a bigger gamble?
The only one imagining things is the one who doesn't know enough about how
roundup works. It gets absorbed into the leaves of the plants that it kills and
otherwise breaks down into harmless components very rapidly. Ther's nothing to
No need. As Jesus said: "The fools will always be with us." If someone
invented hot water tonight, a movement opposing it would spring up by
morning. There have been movements against lightning rods, Fluoridation,
blood transfusions, vaccinations, radial tires, flying machines, you name
it. Even today, there is agitation against PEX, trans-fats, coffee, and
intervention in Iraq.
I certainly can question any source. Whether it's reasonable or not is
yet another question, but certainly an anonymous supposedly impeachable
source on usenet isn't precisely my idea of scholarly research... :)
That would be variable depending on the subject of the story.
The "news media" I don't think are particularly reliable as a general
rule for varying reasons and in varying ways from bias to pure incompetence.
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