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I moved here 2 years ago and front garden was a decent sized square of lawn with no plants at all. I started digging up the lawn and making a spiral border that ultimately will fill the whole space with shingle paths following the spiral shape. Soon after I began I noticed a crop of fungi in a very regular pattern across the lawn. Honey fungus. I was therefore not surprised to find when digging huge fat roots of trees that had been cut down and the roots left. This has resulted in bent forks and a sore back plus the worry about the honey fungus affecting the plants I am putting in. Any thoughts on what plants would be at risk?
hello i moved into my house about 3 year ago and have got a large leylandii hedge at the bottom of a south facing garden it has a big hole mid way what plants could i plant to fill the hole please help
So what on earth am I going to do here?
What do you want to do?
I had to smile - firstly, it was not our choice to remove these trees but they were upsetting out neighbour ........ its cost us a great deal of money which we couldn't really afford. We are both 75.
I want to plant a few shrubs to give us some privacy from next door as they overlook our bedrooms. But the soil is going to be rubbish, even though we've had the stumps ground up and spread around.
The first thing is to sow some lawn seeds, but it'll be difficult to mow right up to the dry stone wall, and we are not really capable of strimming all the way down to the bottom. We do have a 'ride-on' mower.
What shrubs will grow in these conditions?
Are the piled up trunks staying? Just about anything will grow if you nourish the soil and give it a good water.
Acid or alkaline or neutral?
Its fairly neutral soil - quite stoney - but with all these ground up leylandii I suspect its pretty acid now - I suppose I should get a test kit. We've got rid of the piled up trunks, but everywhere is covered in chippings now of course. We do have access to FYM but its bulky and artificial fertiliser is expensive ..... no worries about water here (Cumbria) although this year has been exceptionally dry.
I wonder if the best thing would be to just get a lawn established over winter - and then take stock in the Spring to see if we can make life a bit easier in the maintenance department.
Well, if you want some shrubs to block the neighbours' view you should think about them before making a lawn. I am of advancing years myself so I know that you will want something that doesn't hang around looking coy and trying to decide if it should think about growing. Cherry laurels are fast growing, evergreen, don't mind shade, don't mind stones or lousy soil and are cheap.
And now is a good time to get a lawn made. Turf would be quick.
we are in the process of removing a well established leylandi hedge which runs all around our garden luckily there is a fence behind it. All of the comments here have been really useful, so thank you all.