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cab



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 06 8:15 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Gorse will be excellent, it seems to thrive near the coast, in the wind.

Gorse and maybe some hawthorn would be good; form a good barrier, good for wildlife. And then plant in anything else you fancy.

How tall do you want this hedge to end up?

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 06 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you want a bit of height (but not 500' Leylandii) then you could try bamboo - lots of different types and colours, and most of them don't give too hoots about the conditions. Evergreen, wind-reducing, and they can be maintained with a hedge-trimmer as long as you don't let them get too thick.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 06 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would be quite tempted by bamboo too but wasn't sure of the conditions. The Rose of Sharon you were considering in the other thread might not give you all the privacy you would like, I'm not sure how tall it really manages to get.

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 06 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
I would be quite tempted by bamboo too but wasn't sure of the conditions. The Rose of Sharon you were considering in the other thread might not give you all the privacy you would like, I'm not sure how tall it really manages to get.


The one in question gets to 5' or 6'. The only doubt might be how well it'll do in a windy spot near the coast.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 06 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

cab wrote:
Bugs wrote:
I would be quite tempted by bamboo too but wasn't sure of the conditions. The Rose of Sharon you were considering in the other thread might not give you all the privacy you would like, I'm not sure how tall it really manages to get.


The one in question gets to 5' or 6'. The only doubt might be how well it'll do in a windy spot near the coast.


True, but planted on the inside of gorse (space and money allowing) would protect it when young.

Windymiller



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 06 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Leylandii are reduced to stumps and trunks now. The biggest is 32" girth! So digging up is a non-starter, but I can dig down a bit to cut them. Should I treat them with anything, or just cover them and leave. I thought about jerusalem artichokes for this year, and perhaps pot some Hypericum forestii, it grows 5' and is ok as we are higher than neighbours garden, and there is a solid wall topped with trellis. I will also look at some of the other suggested plants.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 06 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
I would be quite tempted by bamboo


Doesn't half clank in the wind...

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 06 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'd be tempted to go for Italian Alder (Alnus cordata) with something else at lower level on the inside.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 06 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Windymiller wrote:
Should I treat them with anything, or just cover them and leave


Mushrooms on Leylandii? Double benefit of helping to break down the stumps and providing a crop in the meantime. Don't know if it is safe or possible though!

cab



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 06 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I can only ever recall finding zoned polypores on leylandii stumps. Can't remember finding anything edible on them. Doesn't mean it can't be done, though.

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 06 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm racmking my brains for a use for the lleylandii, there's definitely summat you can do with 'em

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 06 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They smell nice when they are burning!

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 06 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
I'm racmking my brains for a use for the lleylandii, there's definitely summat you can do with 'em


Other than as hedge or shelterbelt, PFAF has nowt.

Of course, the wood is soft cypress and should be really easy to work.

And you often find wood blewits growing under them, so chipped it should be a good substrate for growing those guys on. Make a good woodchip mulch I'd have thought.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 06 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nice wood
kitchen tools , staffs , handles .
maybe bow

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 06 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

and fuel
good trees .

ace for starlings (ie guano supply )
if you cut the branches off the bottom 20 feet the shadow moves so fast no one minds .

i'll get me coat .

good trees .

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