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    student -proof garden tips please

    Have decided I need to do something radical to smarten up the small back garden of a student property we own. Have cleared the flower beds of weeds, triffids, beer cans, etc, etc, and need some ideas for cheap, hardy, slow-growing, evergreen, extremely low maintenance shrubs/plants/bushes. Preferably ones students won't eat/smoke.

    Any gardeners out there who could suggest some suitable plants?

    (Concreting it over is not an option!)

    Many thanks.
    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

    #2
    Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
    Have decided I need to do something radical to smarten up the small back garden of a student property we own. Have cleared the flower beds of weeds, triffids, beer cans, etc, etc, and need some ideas for cheap, hardy, slow-growing, evergreen, extremely low maintenance shrubs/plants/bushes. Preferably ones students won't eat/smoke.

    Any gardeners out there who could suggest some suitable plants?

    (Concreting it over is not an option!)

    Many thanks.
    Optimistic! All I can suggest is holly bushes but I don't know whether anyone has ever tried smoking them.

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      #3
      I would reccomend buying a copy of 'Tough plants for Tough Places' by Gary Vergine and Michael Jefferson Brown. Have a look on Amazon
      My views and posts are based on my opinion and any advice given is just that, advice. If you decide to act on any advice given it is with the full knowledge that I am not perfect and anything I say could be wrong!

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        #4
        Why isn't concrete an option, that's the only student proof substance I know! That way you only have to hose down the various bodily secretions!

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          #5
          Try looking at gardens outside office blocks, they normally have low maintenance plants, I just don't know what they are called.

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            #6
            Ferns?? They are evergreen?

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              #7
              try some of these www.securityadvisor.co.uk/planting.html nice big prickles.
              I am here because I am inexperienced and want to learn.

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                #8
                Many thanks to everyone for their suggestions - the book especially is really useful.

                (Can't concrete it over because I might want to live there myself one day, by the way! I find concrete a bit soulless...and at least soil, plants, grass etc soak up the 'bodily secretions' a bit better!)
                'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                  #9
                  I let out a property with a pond once, to students, I shall never forget the long trail of vomit making its way up the path, veering towards and finally into the pond!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by attilathelandlord View Post
                    I let out a property with a pond once, to students, I shall never forget the long trail of vomit making its way up the path, veering towards and finally into the pond!
                    Followed closely by the student, I hope. But spare a thought for the poor pond-life. Just imagine...you're a simple frog/newt/water-snail, just minding its own business in your pond, when suddenly your life is thrown into complete chaos by the unexpected invasion of some spotty, vomiting teenager.

                    Students and a pond, eh? A triumph of optimism over experience, if I ever heard of one. That's definitely a case for a truckload of readimix.
                    'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                      #11
                      Garden weave and 3 ton of cotswold stone chippings........with a small patio ...cheap maintainance free...........

                      The Rodent
                      A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
                      W.Churchill

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Rodent1 View Post
                        Garden weave and 3 ton of cotswold stone chippings........with a small patio ...cheap maintainance free...........

                        The Rodent
                        What's gardenweave???? There's so much I don't know!
                        'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                          #13
                          Check out:
                          http://www.weedstop.ca/why_use_landscape_fabric_e.php
                          A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
                          W.Churchill

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                            #14
                            Anything that increases the lifespan of mulch has my vote! Cheers, Rodent.
                            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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