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Eucalyptus Tree - should it stay or go?

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 22:39

".. Loved it for its silvery look, long thin trunk and lovely rounded leaves - and evergreen so great for screening"

As per the above, coppice it every year and you will get what you wanted and stop the roots from being problematic.

Privacy Issue

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 18:27

The 'law' is normally a fence of 2 metres/8ft next to a public highway. The average fence is 6ft tall. Placing it on a 4ft wall give 10ft but still a 6ft fence...

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 17:10

I love to try germinating difficult and rare seeds. I would like to try Wollemi noblis but it seems it is not available in the UK

Mahonia soft caress

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 10:20

Hi Verdun,

A 10L of Soft Caress is for sale via Coblands for £25 delivered:

I certainly recommend them and their plants and 10l should be a large well established plant.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 21:24

I was thinking of creating a new topic on seed swap Kassi, so this is timely. There is an old topic but it has got to big and it is not updated often.

What seeds are you looking for? The Gloriosa seed sounds interesting.

Trees For Containers

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 21:22

I think some large Cordyline Australis would give the look you seem to be going for. They do fine in pots. Musa Basjoo are hardy banana and also do fine in a pot if well kept and protected in winter?

If you really want a tree then Italian Cypress.

Privacy Issue

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 17:08

Personally I would build a 4ft wall and then place the 6ft fence on top of that. You will then have permanent privacy. I need not be that expensive.

Eucalyptus is very fast growing. 8ft in year 2/3 after planting a small one out an dis evergreen. Rowan/Ash will grow fast from small wips (less than £1 each bare root). Not evergreen of course but in the right spot will reach 8ft within a few years.

Contorted Hazel

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 16:43

Mr Ford is correct, cut from the base

Hedging Choice

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 09:23

Wildlife friendly need not mean that is feeds them or is native. Many non-native plants support a wide range of wildlife. An evergreen hedge provides important nesting and shelter year round.

One of the best evergreen hedges that I have seen was a mix of colour - golden privet, red and pink photinia, Yew, Strawberry tree etc.

Planting a tree

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 15:52

Punkroc is correct. The modern method is for square holes and back filling with the same soil. That encourages the roots to seek nutrients and thus will be stronger in winds as the roots will be far and wide.

If heavy soil then planting the tree slightly higher, say 1inch, than the surround soil will help with drainage and soak water down to the roots.

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