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Posted: 13/01/2017 at 22:18

Great programme - lovely people - I'm so glad you've created the gardens you wanted - I'm sure they'll evolve as time goes on - I'd love to 'revisit' as they develop, and hope all four of youcontinue to enjoy helping your gardens along. 

How to deal with Leylandii hedge behind a border?

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 17:28

Leylandii hedging which has been cut back hard into the brown wood is , IMHO, one of the ugliest sights I've ever seen in a garden (or elsewhere for that matter)... If you have a soul (and I think you do ) my guess is that you will regret it. 

Ive seen many attempts to camouflage it - none successful. 

I would either cut it down and replace it with something beautiful and wildlife friendly, or find a way to keep it trimmed regularly and keep it as a formal backdrop to what sounds like a lovely border. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 17:13

We love partridge BL   Enjoy. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 15:25

Living near the coast, I'm amazed by the number of people I met out walking in mudflats, estuaries, beaches etc who  have absolutely no idea and don't understand even the basics about tides, let alone about spring and neap tides.  If we're going walking on the coast I check the internet for the local high and low tide times so we don't take risks.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:29

Same here Topbird - goldfinches, greenfinches and bluetits tucking into the sunflower heart feeders in the back garden.  In the front garden there's a blackbird making determined attempts to hang from a sunflower heart feeder and steal the goldfinches' lunch


Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:19

TiVo is set to Remind and Record

Well established ivy and brambles

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 08:48

Pete8   I've used Roundup effectively on ivy, but on young growth which I bruised first.

Identify the droppings

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 08:42

Well spotted Mr J ... worth investigating!

Well established ivy and brambles

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 08:40

I absolutely agree with Nut - without using weedkiller, all you can do is to dig, dig and dig again.  Cut the brambles back first so you have stumps and keep digging - you'll need a good strong mattock - ordinary garden fork and spade won't be tough enough to do the job.

To be honest with you, I hate using chemicals too, but to get rid of established brambles and ivy I would cut them hard back and then in the spring I would spray all new growth with glyphosate - wait until it's all died back and then dig it up and burn.  Then wait for the bits you've missed to grow and I'd spray again - even doing it this way it'll take you at least a season to make sure you've got it all.

It's the way I've done it in the past and I would do it again.

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