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16/04/2013 at 16:33

Hello, any suggestions how 2 quite unfit middleaged people with only the weekends for gardening might be able to take out a line of well established laurel stumps?

We've got a couple of other stumps to come out around the garden and we've drilled into them and added neat epsom salts, it seems to be working and rotting down the wood I've certainly not seen any new sprouts thats for sure.

However this line is against next doors fence I'm not sure what she has on the other side, and is exactly where we want to put in some new hazel trees, it's also right next to the new veggie patch so I'm a bit concerned about using anything chemical on it... I'm guessing the old fashioned dig the little monkies out is probably the only option, so any hint's and top tips are more than welcome please.

Thanks in advance

16/04/2013 at 19:02

I can't help you re getting out the stumps, but I wonder if you are aware how big hazel trees can get? We have a red one in the garden about 3 meters high, but it spreads out at the bottom, continually growing new shoots making it wider and wider!

16/04/2013 at 22:21

But hazels can be cppiced at any time and the wood can be used as stakes, for weaving fences and for firewood. I think I'd have to put them in round the laurel stumps, can't see anyway I could get them out. Or you could hire the stump grinder if it's not too expensive.

16/04/2013 at 22:30
Thanks chaps, we're going to take a tentative peep this weekend, the plan for the hazels is indeed to keep on top of them and coppice them as they get older.... Hopefully there'll be the bonus of some nuts too! Hazel just seems a bit more useful than laurel, well for us at any rate!
17/04/2013 at 01:42

Phwarr.... Unfit and ancient ! ?  Unless you have a huge area to garden, and a multitude of strong youngsers to lend a hand, I think hazel is a bit of a nightmare !

It is a shame that the Laurels are just stumps.  They make a hardy and evergreen hedge that the birds appreciate.  Hazel needs lots of room, and probably wouldn`t suit the smaller garden.

I`m probably a fair bit longer in the tooth than you, and have just coppiced a hazel hedge (again) on my 4 acre site. 

In a smaller garden, I would choose a mixed hedge - such as Choisya - for scent, Photinia - for colour, Varieagated Privet - for hardiness...etc.  All evergreen, all easy to care for.

Nuts cost bugger all down the farm shop ! x

17/04/2013 at 05:20

Mattock, time, and elbow grease. I used stump killer on a laurel and an ancient lilac once and ended up effectively sterilising an area of about 3 sq metres for 3 years. Oops! So don't do that. Maybe try to do one every evening and save weekend gardening for fun stuff. You'll get there.

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