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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.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 24/12/2016 at 18:58

Lots to look forward to next year, so I'm into garden planning of all sorts.

We've had the kids and their kids and their in-laws here today; the washing-up took ages but, on the plus side, there are enough leftovers to last us a couple of days and - best of all - they were very light on the wine cellar.

We're off for a four-day break in Shangri-la on Tuesday, and before we know what's happened the days will be getting longer.

Best wishes to everyone for the coming year, and long may your brussels sprout.


laylandi hedge

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 19:58

The trees are still growing, so it will make little or no difference to the soil. 

laylandi hedge

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 20:11

Your 'neighbour' is a deceiving prat. Having got that off my chest, I do think the only answer is a fence. But do tell him what a mess he's made of your garden and ask him to contribute to the fence, on the grounds that you haven't been saving up to by one.

Gardening Questionnaire

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 10:12


(Redwing, if we don't know the purpose of the questionnaire we can't criticise it for being simplistic.)

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 07:30

Hi Clarington,

I don't particularly want to dig up the past, but GW did have a phase of growing in window-boxes and buckets a few years ago and it caused an uncivil war here and elsewhere because a lot of people found it dreadfully boring and bitty.

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