Posted: 04/04/2015 at 22:37
Hmm. The compost heap is built around a Leylandii here and it's doing fine. Yeah, been round the woods in the Washburn valley and the floors are mostly pine needles, bracken and brambles. If you click that link above you'll see the same, and those things I said would grow are all mushrooms.
However ... I've seen things growing under Leylandii. Whatever the bush with the small pink flowers and big white berries is, we've got a hedge of that and it doesn't give a **** about the Leylandii towering over it, my winter honeysuckle's quite happy near them and the elder is doing its usual thing: "Anywhere a blackbird sits in autumn, there my children shall grow."
Also, with remarkable timing, KEF answered a plant ID request with a relevant comment ... which apparently breaks the forum if I try to quote it.
Kerria are easy to propagate by digging up a stem and re-planting. I have them growing through a three conifer 7-foot privacy hedge
Hey, if you want a load of small rocks to put around the trunks to protect them while you're shovelling in the compost for a raised bed, I've got barrowloads of the things here. See the armillaria pit. Heck, widen it while you're there and you can have another barrowload of rocks ... and builders' rubble ... and plastic bags ... and tarmac ... and pill bottles ... and broken glass ...
So, the consensus is gravel under the hedge, wide enough to store stuff there and walk along it to get at it for pruning, then a border in front of that to hide it all? Heh. Take 6'6" off the bottom of the hedge all the way along, put up a 6'x6' trellises, grow lonicera and akebia up them and watch them jump from trellis to hedge. "Ash tree? Cool! I get to be 35' tall!"
Geez, it's bold and appears as a link but doesn't get highlighted. I don't have this problem with [url=] tags, but I've well and truly bollixed this post with the link mark-up buttons. Oh, well!
Ah! FIXED IT! Woot!
I just inserted a tiny little link to somewhere else, and the site got the message that the end of that link was the end of the part that should be marked as a link.
Where's the bug report form?
No, not lily beetles. I can squash those myself.