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Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 21:12

I think you're more likely to get what you want from the hedge plants you've already got than by planting some huge things like the one in that last photo. 

That photo shows a huge amount of foliage to be supported by a very small rootball - they're almost guaranteed to get transplant shock and loose at least half the leaves and look a mess - you'll have to cut them back too.  And then there's a huge amount of foliage to catch the autumn and winter wind and rock the plant around, loosening the roots - rain will get in and freeze in the winter and cause all sorts of damage.

Stick with what you've got - treat them well, they'll put down a good root system which will give your hedge every opportunity to grow and grow and GROW. 

I can't give you a guarantee, but I know which course of action I would take

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 21:01
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

wintersong. I watched about 10 mins of that before I switched off. 

Most of them really need to get out more, a lot more.

But not out filming wild boar!!!!!!!!!!!

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:55

Oh how I agree with you Wintersong

clematis wilt?

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:50

I've found this happen occasionally with my clematis at this time of year - it's almost as if they outgrow they're strength - the top portion of a shoot wilts, but it sends out sideshoots and grows away again.  Fingers crossed that'll happen to yours

My neighbours dont want me to use my land to grow a garden

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:46
Welshonion wrote (see)
You are not actually allowed to turn 'land' into a garden without planning permission.

A lot of people fall foul of this when they extend their garden into an adjoining field without permission. .....

I think the problem in these cases are when the land is part of a registered agricultural holding.  Change of Use is needed for it to be used as a garden.

In Shirley's case, does she know what the land is registered as?  It should have been revealed by the Searches etc when she bought it.

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:38

Well, as someone who does have qualifications in a very vaguely related field ... I have to agree with you Hosta.

Joe S has just said that 'a Chelsea garden is all about the plants; - that's reassuring, but I'm not convinced ... 

Lawn weedkiller and veg

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 20:00
LeifUK wrote (see)
... And I do wonder about absorption by tree roots under the lawn, especially with saplings. 

Another reason why young trees/shrubs need an area of bare soil around them

Lawn weedkiller and veg

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:58
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

That's one of the reasons I never by   local authority compost.

I mean buy, of course 

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:37

Have faith Dave

The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 19:09

I have sat down to watch every single one of these programmes but I've never managed to stay awake to see who's won ........ it must say something .......... perhaps I should go to bed earlier

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