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Posted: 19/08/2013 at 14:14

James I'm assuming you want to keep it so I'd suggest using a hedgetrimmer to take it back to the depth you want and perhaps cut it down to just below the windows with the loppers (and even an ordinary saw for the thicker branches) so that it's more 'hedge' like. Any new growth from there should be easier to maintain where you want it with secateurs or shears. It's not really the right time of year as this is when the berries appear which the birds love, but I appreciate you just want to get it manageable. If you feel it's too invasive for your site, you might want to hack it back to the ankles and then take it out  completely and replace it with something easier.  Make sure you have sturdy gloves! 

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:55

They'll survive Birdy! Maybe you could move them later when they've finished flowering so that you have them in a better place and can admire them more easily  

PS mark them with a little stick or something so that know where they are!


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:51

Not sure myself laney but there's a site called Uk Safari which identifies caterpillars so you might get it on there if no one here can help. If nutcutlet's on here today she will probably know  


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 13:40

Hi scgh. Unfortunately it's the age old request- something that'll grow quickly but suddenly stop at a desired height! You'll probably better to get something which will grow at a decent rate but will then need to be pruned or trimmed to keep to the height you want. Laurels will take anything thrown at them but put on  a lot of growth once established. They're often used for hedging and can get to a huge height but you can keep it chopped back to a metre quite easily. Eucalyptus is very fast growing so you'd definitely need to hack it back a good bit every year but it benefits from that as it helps it retain it's blue/grey foliage. It's not always hardy in certain conditions, but if it's a warmer area you're in and the site has a bit of shelter you should have no problem. If you google these you'll get some extra info. Both are easy to obtain as well.  


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 08:15

Gilly I've gone for the carefully applied Jackson Pollock look for my 'paint' tan.  

Just as well it washes off! Have heard the sprayers are not too great so let us know how you get on with it.

Off to work now. Have a good day everyone 


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 07:37

Well done Dove re Spam -they don't give up easily do they 

Back to work for me today - I'm jealous chick! Glad you're enjoying Beechgrove- I'm warming to it myself- didn't use to like it at all.

Cloudy here but dry for now so will get out later.

Have a good day all - especially if it involves going to work 


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 07:32

No scot- they didn't have any - had to go to B&Q!  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 18/08/2013 at 22:53

Good thinking Ggirl. Hope he's ok.

Off to bed now. Night all 


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 22:51

Am I living in a parallel universe???

I think Antony just wanted some advice about maintaining his grass so that it's suitable for his young kids to play on. I doubt if he's planning on creating Versailles or Vaux le Vicomte just yet. 


Posted: 18/08/2013 at 22:23

Scottcake I had some in pots last winter as I was between houses. They grew really well and needed very little attention. Split them and repotted them once I'd moved end of February then  planted them out in the spring. Mine were all tiny little seedlings collected from some steps at work just over a year ago. All good big plants now 

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