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Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 14:56

Thank you all for your advice.... I will have a friendly chat and see if her Gardeners can take away e prunings, and try and engage in friendly What we both want to make the best of the garden type conversation. Fingers crossed!

once again, many thanks for the advice.

Weed killer on allotment... Which to use

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 13:21

Hello fellow GWers & happy new year,

my allotment is against a border chain link fence. In the summer this is overgrown with bramble and bindweed. Ideally, I would like to fan train fruit along the fence, but really need to get it as free as possible of the bindweeed, although may leave a little bramble at one end for wildlife & other local foragers. 

Many people on my allotment site are very anti any weed killer, and generally I am too.... When not overrun by bindweed. I know a glyphosate based solution will be neutralised once it reaches the soil... Would you recommend this, some thing else or not? 

Your thoughts gratefully appreciated.


Cutting back neighbours privet hedge

Posted: 02/01/2015 at 12:31


 I have decided to radically prune my neighbours privet hedge. It's about 3 metres tall, and as they have a gardener, is kept really neat on their side. My side, I have struggled to keep in check, it's generally neat but encroaches on my garden to a width of about a metre. It is full of I think, vine weevil. So, today out with the loppers and hedge timmer!

i think I am within my rights to trim back to the boundary. Should I give the cuttings to my neighbour to dispose of? I have no car and therefore cannot take them to the tip. I could burn it, but wonder will this be ok too add to fruit beds, or would I be better disposing of it it otherwise? This may incur a cost though.

your thoughts fellow GWers, gratefully received!


Grass cutting

Posted: 08/12/2014 at 11:03

I'd agree with the other posters, a last year I left my grass way too long, and was then late with the first cut in spring, it was so overgrown and fallen down on itself and took ages to recover. Far better a late cut now so it's recovering over the winter, than wet overgrown collapsed blades for the next 3 or 4 months.

Overgrown climbing rose

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:08

I do love a typo.... Earlier today i nearly told someone I was happiest in willies.... I meant wellies, and it was on a dating site! Lol, how to make an impression!

Overgrown climbing rose

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:06

Many thanks for all your replies.... Shame the fairies can't do the pruning for me!

Overgrown climbing rose

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 19:40

Hello fellow GWers,

I have two very overgrown climbing roses... i had tied in and pruned regularly to create a good framework for new growth and maximising flowering. However, in what seemed like no time at all, they shot up and are seriously overgrown (I'm talking 10 foot or so) with woody main stems. I know many roses can be pruned now (am in the south and they are against a fairy protected wall), but given the radical pruning needed, I wonder is this the best time? do I cut the really chunky woody stems right back to promote new growth, or just by two thirds or so to leave a central 3 foot or so main stem?

would really appreciate some advice... I keep meaning to tackle it, but every time i so much as look at them I quickly find something else to do instead!

Grease bands for new cherry trees?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 16:31

Hello Bob,

thats really helpful, many thanks.


Grease bands for new cherry trees?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:55

I've recently planted two year old (approx 5 ft tall) cherry trees on my allotment. I am planning on fan training them, so won't be getting any/ much fruit for a few years. Should I put grease bands on them?

Prunus incisa 'Kojo-no-mai' problems

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:46

i bought one of these about 4 or 5 months ago and had the same problem. i underestimated how hot & dry it has been, and how little rain we've had (until the past week). some good regular watering has picked it up and it has put on new growth. i see yours is in a pot, I suspect it's been drying out.

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