Deborah C

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Posted: 04/06/2013 at 19:16

I am very interested in how to manage laurel, particularly as a hedge. I planted 12 laurels to form a hedge in an exposed area in late March. They were 5' tall and during the windy period most of the leaves were blown off! I do have buds from about 2' up but my headge just looks like upturned lollypops at the moment and I am wodering if I should trim the entire lot back to 3' high? I am also in Aberdeenshire - the Mearns area n an exposed farmhouse site. Any advice would be very welcome. Thank you.

Hello i'm new and would like advice

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 17:20

Thank you for keeping me right. I did think about Rowan but thought that it might be too big for the courtyard. If I could keep it to about 7 - 8 feet max, then it would be perfect. 

I beleive that the Rowan tree is supposed to bring good luck to a home (told to me by a farmer of many years). 


Thanks again,


Hello i'm new and would like advice

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 09:17

Thank you for these comments and yes it certainly helps. I have a very large mountain ash that was the only tree in the garden when we bought the farmhouse 7 years ago! It looks as though it's been there forever and dwarfs everything else.

I've had a look at the the Green Pillar and it looks suitable.


Many thanks,



Hello i'm new and would like advice

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 10:37

I am creating a fairly large bed in my farmhouse courtyard. The site is exposed to the NorthEast and have just created a living screen to help with the raw North East Aberdeenshire wind! I have one small birch with beautiful russet peeling bark which is now doing well and I would like to plant two small trees in this new bed that will give me all year pleasure, especially during the cold winter months.

All suggestions very welcome.

Setting up a bed with builders' sand?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 09:57

I have a courtyard that has been left as a gravel garden by the builders. It is in an area of farmland and so would have had some organic matter underneith the gravel, membrane and then builder's sand. I have cleared an area to plant quite a large bed and having dug down, removed some boulders, there is still a quantity of builder's sand at the bottom - about 6" - 8". I have home grown compost to dig in and then shop bought compost. The level of total compost on top will be about two feet.

Will this be a problem for growing plants?

Hopefully, not... Thanks,Deborah

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