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Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:55

Thanks guys - Did I ever mention how much I LOVE this forum

I will tackle it bit by bit, with one of you on each of my shoulders and Dove yelling encouragement from the sides

Off to source pipecleaners now

Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 11:05

Wonderful - many thanks for your advice.  Here is the before photo

 Hopefully I can add a much more beautiful "after" one this time next year!

Getting rid of brambles

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 10:34

I have a bramble problem

We have two established deciduous azaleas, which have lovely scented flowers in spring and great autumn leaves.  They are probably about 20 years old, and have spread over a grassy area.

the problem is that they have brambles growing through them - so much so that this year you can hardly see their autumn colour for the dreaded bramble leaves growing through.

each year I spend the winter ripping out as much as I can, but there is no room to get in there and dig out the roots, and each year they come back stronger than last.  I think I am going to have to resort to weedkiller, but don't want to damage/kill the azaleas in the process.

Any ideas on what I should do???

Something of an apology.

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 10:27

Looking forward to your 2015 thread Marion - always read your 2014 one, even if I don't often comment - its one of my weekend catch up treats.  Keep them coming 


Posted: 22/11/2014 at 10:23

Just RSPB hedgehogs here Dove ...... maybe they have worked out I am not worth targetting.....not sure if that is a good or bad thing


Posted: 22/11/2014 at 09:16

Enjoy the 99th party Fidget - a bit of light relief from all the other stuff you are having to cope with.

 DD- familiar story on the sledgehammer - I hate doing it too.  Always torn between shutting my eyes to pretend its not happening and keeping them open ready to jump out of the way

Today's weather looks better than tomorrows, so might try and get out in the garden for a bit - but otherwise it looks likes an indoor sort of weekend

Still waiting for updates everyone?

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 19:04

Big thanks to Daniel and the team for getting our avatars back

Missed my yellow fluffball

Lyme Disease (Tick) infections & Electropollution

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 19:02

Very useful thanks - had a few ticks here, and conscious that having deer about makes them more of a risk. So useful to know what to be aware of.


Posted: 21/11/2014 at 18:51

Sweeet cub pdoc - you old softy you

Great to see your poppy Fairy - looks lovely.  I was too slow off the mark and they had all sold out.

Bill - i've never seen that much snow before - does anyone intend driving their cars when they have finished digging them out

Settling down for an evening of telly and books before I go out on midnight taxi duty.


Posted: 21/11/2014 at 06:52

Morning Dove.  Are your leaves all down now?  We have loads still to come down round here.  Autumn seems to have been really long this year

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