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Horsetail on allotment

Posted: 14/09/2017 at 20:20

What's it called?

Rubus chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Help

Posted: 17/03/2017 at 15:24

You've set yourself a bit of a challenge. In UK it only grows from Derbyshire northwards on high moors and bogs, and is more generally found in bogs and forests further north in this hemisphere. If you do get it going it will be interesting trying to keep it going!

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 12/02/2017 at 11:59


Quote (2 days ago):  Keep it is my advice.

 Quote Never did I say he or she had to do that.

Calmly yours, Joe

Last edited: 12 February 2017 12:00:00

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 13:41

The last word.

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 12:41

We must (sorry, should possibly) agree to differ, Hostafan, about gardening and grammar.

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 12:02

I don't want to prolong this, but if the OP writes 'Ivy seems to be taking over in places. What is the best way of ridding the hedge of this plant.' it's not really helpful to send him on a guilt trip by suggesting all sorts of reasons why he should keep it - bees, bird food (he's already got hawthorn, holly); bird-shelter, bird-nesting (his other shrubs take care of that too); wide range of wildlife (ditto).

The article by Helen Yemm is not exactly an endorsement of keeping ivy in a garden hedge either.

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 09:57

I'm puzzled as to why you want rid of it in, what is, a mixed hedge.It's a great nectar source for bees and makes great cover for birds nesting AND it's evergreen. What's not to like ?

Exactly my thoughts and when it gets old enough to produce berries they are a wonderful food source for birds in winter when there is limited food supply. Keep it is my advice.

Missed something?

Stuck on a hedge!

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 17:10

Certainly not laurel - it's boring and takes up space. Not pyracantha with 3 kids - it's got murderous thorns, the only sort that give me a reaction. I'd think about having a random line of shrubs, bamboos, etc., some nearer the boundary than others, and don't be too concerned about an impenetrable privacy barrier.

Rid my hedge of IVY

Posted: 10/02/2017 at 16:51

I imagine DOS1 wishes to get rid of the ivy because he prefers his mixed hedge with plants of his own choice, so who are we to tell him he must have an ivy hedge?

Firstly, contact your local council to find out how to safely dispose of the sodium chlorate.

Then, set about cutting all the ivy down to ground level and stripping it out of the hedge. It will look a bit messy for a while until the other shrubs have regained some shape, but in my experience it doesn't take long to subdue ivy to the point where it stops trying to come back.

Lawn to meadow

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 12:59

Listen to Gardeners' Question Time at 2 p.m. today.

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