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you should also do it to gooseberry bushes to stop sawfly,they dont like the space or air that circulates if you do this,I have just done mine and it does help,having had a very bad bout of sawfly on them some two years ago.
I don't do that any more,as applied for many free pkts and I only had one weedy pkt and no reply from the others.
I have similar problem with one of the gardens(in fact there are 5 gardens in all that run into mine and all are problem)that the person in question has lost interest and does no gardening hence I have a huge Rhododendron growing up my hawthorn tree and allsorts of over grown bushes and shrubs.We just lean over and hack at it ever so often but unless we get really nasty (which one wouldnot want to) there is not a lot else.I chop off what comes over and pull the ivy away,annoying.
will be lucky to get out with the next big wind chill coming in from Russia.
yes,My husband sent me to the ironmongers when I was a young lass to ask for a left handled sky hook.don't trust anyone these days.
I always encourage spiders as they eat all the little things that I dont like,flies,mites e.t.c.
depending on the size of cutting it might take awhile,I grew one from a cutting from cam hill and still have it twenty years on,took time.
a bit like buying a carpet ,measured in feet sold in metric.
I had goldfinches,great tits,blue tits,wren ,robin and the returning blackbirds all rummaging around the garden for nest material until the bigger birds came down,good to keep them on their toes.
not at the moment waiting for better weather,wasted plants last year due to bad summer,I grow them in the garden plot.