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Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 11:55
Thank you everyone! The weekend's here again and lots to do!

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 02/02/2013 at 12:29
Thank you so much everyone for your advice!

Lavender Lady, your garden is stunning! It gives me hope to see what you have achieved. Like you, privacy is our biggest problem (along with being in deep shade most of the year!) but your fences and walls look amazing! Such a beautiful, lush garden, but with a strong structure too.

Can I ask how you keep your gravel clean? We have terrible trouble with ours in the winter - it's impossible to get all the soggy fallen leaves up, and by the time the debris from the bird feeders has fallen on it too, it's disgusting. Last week I tried to clean it with hot water (prefer wildlife-safe solutions), and it's still sitting on top of the soggy gravel in a big puddle! I think I'd like to get rid of the gravel, rip up the weed suppressing plastic altogether!

I was delighted to hear that you have a visiting hedgehog - that's so rare on new estates!

Busy Lizzie, thank you for your small tree suggestions. I didn't know rowan stayed small, so that's great - they're light and airy and good berries for birds too. We already have an amelanchier - beautiful blossom and amazing autumn colour, though it hasn't performed so well in the last few years, which I put down to the soggy summers. I'll have a look at crab apples too.

Nut cutlet - I had better heed your warning about willow. I'll just have to admire others from a distance!

Flowering Rose, thanks for suggesting a Hawthorn Hedge. I like that idea too, not least for the blossom and being good for wildlife.

By the way, is there always a correlation between the size / height of a tree or shrub and the potential problems with roots? Just wondering if there's an easy way to tell?

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 27/01/2013 at 14:55

Hi there! Sorry, I typed in a reply, but it obviously didn't work!

It looks like beech is a definite 'No-No' then! Shame - it looks so lovely and innocous as bare-root plants in the garden centre with its lovely coppery winter leaves!

What about something like the smaller ornamental birch, or patio crab apples? I realise that won't got to the ground, but that's Ok. Or scarlet willow? Looks fab in winter, airy in summer, but what are the roots like.

By the way, I have a beautiful winter lime maybe 2m from the garage. Must be 5 metres tall now, but I realise it's going to have to come down before it does any root damage. I'm dreading the enormous gap it's going to leave.

I'll investigate the privit option. Thanks for suggesting clematis montana too. I suspect my first step might have to be to put a 2 metre fence inside the 1.5m party fence, and get some trellis up on it. Space very precious though - it's the only sunny bit at that end.

Right, out into the rain now. Slimy decking needs scrubbing (another developer 'enhancement', but not great in deep shade!), and more re-potting and top-dressing to do. Hellebores starting to look lovely now

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 12:08
Got to go out now, but I'll check back in later...

Slightly less cold in Devon today, so looking forward to getting some of those winter gardening jobs done this weekend!

Safe species for a tall hedge in high density housing estate?

Posted: 26/01/2013 at 12:04
Hi Sotogeoff

Errr, as tall as possible, but I believe there might be rules 2 to 2 1/2 metres would be an excellent start.

I'm not sure about restrictions. The housing developers planted a eucalyptus (now gone), so I presume we're ok.

The hedge or shrubs would come to within 1.5m of the house (well, garage, which is attached to house)

Ideally looking for something light and airy, without too big a 'footprint' at ground level. I love beech, but I'm not sure it's suitable.

My soil is heavy clay.

It's the roots that worry me!
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