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31/03/2014 at 09:40
I've got a day off work today yey!, thinking of trimming my conifer as its nearly 7ft, is it ok to cut it at this time of year? : )
31/03/2014 at 09:45

Depends what type of conifer it is. You can cut it now, especially as it's just before birds start to lay eggs, although with the mild weather many have started early. Check your conifer for birds nesting prior to cutting. If you have nesting birds then leave cutting till July, when most first broods will have fledged.

31/03/2014 at 11:15

As Dave has said depends which conifer and how much you are taking off. Some conifers will not regrow if you cut too far back. If you post a photo someone should be able to advise you better.

01/04/2014 at 21:06

I would love to send a picture but as we got burgled a month ago and they took my camera, i cant, the conifer is dark green and smells of pine, i only want to take a foot off it

01/04/2014 at 21:10

Our birds have been nesting for a couple of weeks - the blackbird have nestlings!   I wouldn't cut a hedge or conifer back just now - and that'll give you time to beg or borrow a camera or get the insurance to cough up, then you can show us what you want to do and we can say yay or nay! 

Sorry to hear about the burglary - really horrid ((hugs)) 

01/04/2014 at 21:11

Daintiness is right, if you cut back beyond the green part it will never be green again.

01/04/2014 at 21:20

Thanks Dove for your hugs, well insurance is coming through soon so i will get another one, its the sentimental things that hurt the most because you can't get them back, sorry to go on, as soon as i get my new camera i will send a pick, as for now i will wait until the birds have stopped nested, thanks everyone for your advice

01/04/2014 at 21:39

Hi smiler 1sorry about your bad news let's hope that this low life get their comeuppance 

01/04/2014 at 22:11

Smiler

I wouldn't worry about cutting a foot off the top of your conifers as long as you the sides and do not go in to the old wood 

Same here, hope you get over the misfortune of what happened and keep your chin up

01/04/2014 at 22:14

Karma Smiler, I am a true believer and one day the scum that burgled you will get what they deserve.  In the meantime, cyber hugs from me.

Can't offer conifer advice I'm afraid......we chopped a row of them down not long after we moved in to make room for a proper border 

01/04/2014 at 22:43

Smiler, it's not nice to be burgled.....best wishes to you.

When you cut your conifer try to keep its shape.  Use your secateurs to cut leading shoots to recreate the primary one as leader. Dont cut it flat 

Edd
01/04/2014 at 22:46
smiler1 wrote (see)

I would love to send a picture but as we got burgled a month ago and they took my camera, i cant, the conifer is dark green and smells of pine, i only want to take a foot off it

smiler1 wrote (see)

I would love to send a picture but as we got burgled a month ago and they took my camera, i cant, the conifer is dark green and smells of pine, i only want to take a foot off it

Take the foot down to the bottom of ground and then you will see the thiefs coming. 

My apologies Smiler1 but i hate them and think they are very outdated. ( i don't mind the smaller ones in the right situation) They remind me of the 70's and not sure if that is my problem. The 70's was my happiest time? So that makes no sense. Sorry again just my opinion. I did find loads of spiders in there that started to guide me to a more interesting life and work if that helps?

Regards

Edd.

 

01/04/2014 at 22:49

I have 2 little ones in pots next to my patio doors and they look cute Edd  And yes loads of spiders when taking them down.....I kept my distance and made tea in the kitchen!!!

02/04/2014 at 23:18
Edd please don't apologise, they where there when we bought the house six years ago, but they are taking over now, and if i catch them burglers i will tie them to the conifers and the spiders can have them for tea ha ha : )
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