GARDEN ARRANGEMENT

It is a good thing to study colour and height when arranging the flower borders so as to get harmonious grouping according to individual taste, with variation of height to break monotony of line. This is more effective than putting all the tallest at the back and height-grading forward to dwarfs on the edge of the border. The time and duration of blooming is also a factor to be considered . As a rule it is more pleasing to mass together plants of the same kind and colour rather than dotting them about here and there, mixed with others, patchwork fashion.

The position of trees and tall shrubs needs consideration, for if they overhang a neighbour’s property he is entitled to cut to the boundary fence, if on request it is not done. An occupier is entitled to gather any fruit from his trees which falls in a neighbour’s garden, but is liable for trespass if he does damage in doing so.

On all but freehold property all trees become property of the ground landlord unless a protecting clause is inserted in lease. A greenhouse must not be fixed to a house with nails, but screws, as these latter are considered to make the erection portable, neither must it be set in the ground in cement or on bricks and mortar, but only rest on a rubble or breeze foundation.

Compensation may be claimed where straying poultry, horses, cows and domestic animals generally have damaged a garden. Note that for purposes of compensation an animal need not actually stray into the garden — a goat putting its head over a fence and feeding on vegetables, shrubs etc. is still a trespasser. Straying animals can be retained until the owner has given reasonable compensation for any damage caused but they must on no account be killed or injured in any way.

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