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Bare legs on privet hedge

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 13:06

We had the same problem when we moved in, cut it regularly, you can hack the height down as much as you like it will just grow with more vigour, then feed and water it to give it a boost.  The bare legs will grow new growth.

Oh Thank You Neighbour!

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 21:19

Our neighbours ornamental quince has suckered through to our side and I couldn't be happier.  It has beautiful red/pink flowers and will help hide away another hideous fence panel.  Result!  


Posted: 30/07/2014 at 13:50

Everything started earlier this year so it stands to reason things will run out of steam and finish earlier.    I am busy deadheading stuff like no mans business e.g dahlias/lupins/cosmos and marigolds to prolong the season.  Luckily my delphiniums are re-flowering.


Posted: 30/07/2014 at 13:38

If you dead head your buddleja it may give you some smaller flower later on.

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 15:20

I was digging it out under our side of the fence because I was pregnant at the time and didn't want to spray.  We had loose soil so I was getting on top of it, would have been a different story on clay.  I gave the old fella next door a watering can and a bottle of the stuff.  I reckon he used it once then started pulling it up.  It browned the leaves slightly but he should have left it and repeated the treatment. He was reluctant to use it in the first place because he said it would contaminate the soil despite my claims otherwise.  So I think if he'd continued using it yes it would have worked.  It was everywhere, the soil was compacted and he was in his 80s so it was really the only option. 

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 12:39

No problem we had a similar problem where we used to live with ground elder coming in from our elderly neighbour's garden, be thankful you've just got Virginia Creeper!

Just be careful if there's a breeze though as it can get blown onto plants you want to keep.  If it is windy put a bag over the bit you want to spray and spray inside.  The plastic should speed up the take up process as well.

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 11:21

Glyphosate will kill the plant right down to the roots if used properly and allowed to work.  It is absorbed by the leaves then taken down to the roots which is why someone said if you spray the foliage your side it will kill the plant their side.  Just keep redoing it until the plant dies, best on a hot day as the plant will take it up more readily than on and overcast cool day.  Afterward you will have to cut all the dead material back but don't do this until it's dead or you're wasting your time.  You don't cut it back then spray as the new growth takes up the poison better than tougher growth.  

Tree Planting

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 09:30

Try one of the crab apples, you can either make the fruit into preserves or leave them for the birds.

still trying with peaches

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 13:42

Good luck 

still trying with peaches

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 11:25

Yep I suspect they wouldn't like the salt air either.  Ours is in a pot and our greenhouse is unheated and is only 4 x 6 I think so you will do fine with one in a large pot inn yours.  We had ripe peaches in the first year when we kept it outside it's just the dreaded peach leaf curl means I keep in inside rather than have the faff of lifting a heavy pot back and forth.  I don't like to use sprays especially on things we're going to eat you see.  Our Bonanza is only a metre tall and came as a standard.

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