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Be aware that at that height privet will flower. It is a wonderful nectar source for butterflies and bees. Please spare at least one bush if you can.
There is moss, and moss! I would add fine scarified moss from the lawn to the compost heap or put it out for the birds. But clumpy moss is a different matter, and I would put it in a rubble sack or thick plastic bag and leave it until it has completely rotted down. If you put it in the compost heap you will end up with it everywhere.
I think it is a bad idea too.
Put a plastic bottle with the bottom cut off over the bracken plant and spray into the bottle. If you can cover adjacent precious plants with flowerpots or dustbins they will be protected from any accidental drips and spray.
Why do you want to reduce the size?
Thank you Macavity.
Please, please check that your bluebells are the English native variety and not Spanish bluebells which hybridise with the English ones.
Do you mean beech mast, which are the nuts, or the receptacles which hold the beech mast?
If you mean the nuts or seeds, leave them for the wildlife.
Oh Dear, all you brilliant people who were so good at framing questionaires while you were at university. Give the lad a break!!
The words 'cut it right back' strike terror in my heart, unless you don't really mean that or you know what you're doing!
It's only five years old, can it really have got out of hand? Prune carefully!