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Looks as though you will end up with an unbalanced-looking tree when you remove this branch. The exposed interior of the trunk might not be an immediate problem - laburnums seem to survive all sorts of disasters.
To add to what I said last summer, I did own a Lawnflite, which as someone said is a Honda engine on a different deck, and it was very good - deck not quite as robust, but that made it lighter to use.
Feed them asparagus until they can't stand the smell.
I think you may be going over the top, Kevin.
Has the tear gone into the wood of the main trunk or is it only affecting the bark?
Spiraea japonica, probably Goldflame; big white daisy; some sort of mint
I knew someone who put salted peanuts out. OMG, as the young people say.
Some years ago I worked for a while on a site near an urban fringe allotment which must have been a couple of acres, Because of vandalism and theft the city council eventually had to enclose the whole thing with ten-foot high heavy duty mesh fencing and give the allotment holders keys to the enormous padlocks on the massive gates. A sad case.
You can use it as a pond liner.
Disturbing nesting birds is a criminal offence. Can you wait until August? There's no guarantee that your ivy will remain variegated and I suggest you will spend a lot of time keeping it under control. Perhaps think about something less demanding,