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On the right hand side of the Drive, looking up towards the bungalow between us and the neighbour was another tall conifer hedge.
The neighbour was very agreeable towards removing it and having a fence instead. Like us he is getting to the stage where going up ladders to trim a hedge is not a good idea.
Neither of us were absolutely sure where our land and his ended and began so we assumed that the trees were originally planted along the boundary.
The fence line I put about a foot or so inside that to avoid any future problems since it would be completely on our property.

The hedge from the neighbour’s side.

Looking from the hedge up the Drive side border.

Looking across to the Bungalow.

Cutting off the branches.

Tall stems left to make removing the stumps easier.

Lot of work to reach this stage. I took the brash to the re-cycling yard.

We dug round the stump and severed as many roots as possible, then used the trunk as lever to snap the final root.

It did leave a big hole

All out, bar one. For some reason this was a much bigger trunk than the others and we just could not shift it, so I cut it down and left it in. Neighbour was all right with that.

As you can see there was a lot of branches to get rid of to the re-cycling yard.

All cleared away

We decided on a ranch style fence to match the one already there and to allow light into the Drive side border.
The Fencing company did this fence as part of the contract. The soil under the hedge had been used as a dumping ground for all sorts of brick,tile,rubble etc. They had major problems digging the holes for the fence posts. We would never have managed it ourselves. They did remove the rubbish which they dug out which was good of them.

Both ourselves and the neighbour are pleased with the finished result.

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You are certainly creating much more planting space in your garden. The new fencing looks good.

12 Oct, 2020


much better for being open and ready for plants.

12 Oct, 2020


That is just about it for what we did the first year here. The border on that side had some beds dug into it and was planted up with shrubs and things.
The area you can see there is a real problem. It is under the canopy of that big Beech tree so it is very, very dry and shady. Not sure what we can plant in it. Need some serious thought about it. Also the soil is full of tree roots, and rubble. Planting anything needs a crow bar and a bucket for the rubbish.
Neighbour has planted up his side of the fence with low growing stuff so as not to shade our side.

12 Oct, 2020


You have a good job. I like your ranch style fencing

12 Oct, 2020


I have a similar bed due to a large beech tree. I have lots of cyclamen and spring bulbs native ferns, maianthemum, lamium, tiarella, corydalis, Dicentra Epimedium, Podophyllum, hellebores though some are further into shade than others.

13 Oct, 2020


It is the lack of water in Summer which worries me. Not into going round pouring water on things. The soil does get very very dry.

13 Oct, 2020


I don't water mine either and it is a dry but most things do ok.

13 Oct, 2020


I agree it has completely transformed it, allowed lots more light to reach you, I like the fencing, a very neat boundary for your property without shutting it away.

13 Oct, 2020


So far I have dug about 3 spades width across that area. I have filled 6 sacks with rubble and collected enough 'field stones' to make a rather nice rock garden feature at the top of the garden.
Believe me it is HARD going. Not sure if there is any point in carrying on turning it over. I was just trying to see if removing the old turf thatch allowed more water into the soil.

13 Oct, 2020


Been thinking about this area, wondered if Azalea or Rhodies would work there or underplant with native spring flowers, ferns, bulbs etc, would break it up a tad.

17 Oct, 2020


Finished digging over the bottom end of this area up to the branch line. Found a huge (6 feet across and 15 inches deep layer of decomposing Lime mortar. Removed as much of it as I can, but what is left is going to make the soil alkaline. The soil is dust dry too and full of tree roots. Lots of bags of rubbish gone to the tip. Not sure what will grow in this bit.
Hoping for Snowdrops, Eranthis, Wood anemone, Cyclamen and such like.

17 Oct, 2020

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