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Ivy invasion

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 17:55
The reason the hedge trimmer is not suitable is that if you just trim the ivy you will encourage it! Big time. You don't have to go up a high ladder if you are unable to.

Force your way through the plant to the gable end of the garage and cut or saw the ivy stems right across the wall. Make sure there is a gap between the two cut ends of the stems or they will grow together again.

Sadly this is all going to look very ugly, but this ivy has been allowed to get out of hand. Pop into the garage and check if it is growing under the roof inside.

If you or your partner (sorry don't know which is which from your name) is pregnant, they shouldn't be going up ladders if they are not used to it. (As a dairy farmer, now retired, I didn't let pregnancy get in the way of such normal activities as climbing ladders and milking cows - chance would have been a fine thing ).

I only mention the ivy dust because in the context of sugarcraft, ivy leaves have to be washed before sugarpaste is pressed onto them. I don't think you should worry about it because in that instance the icing is going to be eaten.

Ivy invasion

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 16:28
The black dust on ivy leaves is toxic. Don't panic though, it won't kill you, especially if you are in the open air.

Larkspur and Monkshood

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 16:25
I have to say there are lots and lots of plants which are poisonous to animals, but we grow them all the same. It is very rare for animals to eat poisonous plants, they are IME much more likely to pick something up that they shouldn't when out for a walk.

Enjoy your grandchildren, at least if you visit them you won't have to clear up the mess!

Larkspur and Monkshood

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 15:04
Monkshood really is poison to dogs. And humans.

Do you mean to say your dogs are more important than your grandchildren visiting? Can you not shut the dogs in when they visit?

Ivy invasion

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 14:34
I'm surprised your neighbour is not agitating for you to control the ivy. Get up a ladder and cut it back, or get someone else to do it. Do not trim it all over, remove large chunks of it by cutting out branches. Not hedge trimmers; secateurs, and a saw are needed.

Haven for the birds and the bees is one thing; a plant out of control is another.

Better you tackle it now, than receive a solicitor's letter later.

Red slimey worms

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:20
Lucky you! They are not smelly, it must be your compost! Sometimes I think they come up under the rim and lid when they are too hot; or when they are hungry.

Try and get a good mix of green (vegetable matter) and brown (shredded paper, cardboard, dry leaves).

And treasure your muck worms!


Posted: 26/09/2014 at 13:15
I use secateurs to cut the stems into short sections so they rot down in the compost.

Electricity Pole

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 00:58
Plant something nice and interesting the other side of the garden and you'll look at that rather than the pole.

Beware Horse chestnut. Lovely tree, but lots of them are dying of a dread disease.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:44
Thank you.

Hedge not looking well

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 10:47
It's pretty impossible to kill privet. If it is leaf cutter bees, you can ignore them as they don't kill the plant.

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