- Page 1 Removing the Old Hedge (this page)
- Page 2 Replanting the Hedge
- Page 3 2009 Season
- Page 4 Photo Gallery
Removing the Front Hedge
The hedge in the front of the house is an overgrown Leylandii. Ghastly! but also impossible to get back to being a smart clipped shape – you can’t cut them back to old wood as they don’t regrow.
We took the top off it back in February 2007
but it was still 8 feet thick, and shaggy
so by the Summer of 2008 we had decided it had to go.
I haven’t got any really good pictures of what we are trying to achieve, but we want some topiary yew (on the house-side) with a Beech (maybe Copper Beech) hedge behind, but which also “sticks-out” between each topiary yew:
This shows some views of the Topiary and the “sticky-out” hedge in between.
and this shows how the Topiary shaping of the Yews might look – similar to Pawns in Chess. I am working on the basis that, ultimately, the Yews might be 8 feet in diameter, at the bottom.
(These pictures are from Château de Berzé-le-Châtel just west of Mâcon, France)
I hired a Digger to remove the stumps, and then the large shrubs (to the left of the picture below)
Once I had removed the large shrubs too it opened it up!
I moved the large shrubs to an area of the garden where we plan to make a herbaceous border. They will do to fill-in the area at the back of the bed
then I dug a trench ready for the new hedge – what was looking pretty tidy will now look a mess until the hedging plants arrive
We had a large pile of grass clippings from the last 3 years, so I used the opportunity of having the digger here to move it, and provide some “compost” for the new hedge.
I plan to plant the new hedge before the end of November
I also dug some planting holes for a row of pleached lime trees which we are planting to replace one of the Lombardy Poplar rows, and a number of holes in the “spit” for some new trees.