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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2020, 04:01:53 pm »
Only managed to remove one stump today, but it was a big awkward one with mahoosive roots. Fortunately the base of the tree was beginning to rot so the ones going straight down snapped easily once we got it so that we could push it over. Removed all the branches from the next stump, so tomorrow we should be able to get it out. There is an awful lot of brash to shred though. This last stump is not that big, but the soil round it seems to have been used to dump all the small stones from the garden, so digging may be a bit of a problem. However, I can use the stones when I make the next alpine growing feature.

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« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2020, 04:12:11 pm »
Well that is the final conifer stump removed. The stones were in a layer at the surface so once we removed them it was not too hard to clear the roots. The stump was rotting at the base, like a lot of them have been so not too hard to remove. The brash will need to dry out for a while before I shred it. The resin in it makes it very 'sticky' when it goes through the shredder and it blocks.
We have removed 20 stumps from this hedge row. (And at least seven from elsewhere in the garden and perhaps a dozen from the bottom hedge.).
Nothing much more we can do until the Fencing people come and put up the new fence.

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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2020, 07:19:55 pm »
I take it that you dug those stumps out manually?
You must have unbounded energy Eric.

I'm sure you are looking forward to planning and planting out your alpine beds :D
We look forward to photos of that!



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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2020, 08:24:54 pm »
There is no other way of removing the stumps othe than by digging round the roots, cutting them with the chain saw and good old brute force. It has taken about 6 weeks to clear them from the top hedge. Worst part is still to come in that the stumps themselves need to be disposed of. Once the local re-cycling place is not as busy I will take them there, two at a time as they are rather heavy.

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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #29 on: May 22, 2020, 11:49:59 am »
Look at the bright side - you have exposed a very large area of your new garden  :)
That must have been a very pleasing sight.
Next to complete the transformation from the unsightly to the beautiful :D

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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2020, 04:36:02 pm »
Fence people booked in for next month. Price is about what we expected and budgeted for . Need to finish digging over that bed, cut back the conifers which we are leaving in and shred the brash so they can get on with it, 20 foot run of conifers belong to neighbour so they have stopped in and the fence will go inside them, right up to the trunks. He can have the pleasure of keeping his side trimmed.

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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2020, 08:16:52 pm »
Finished digging the bed next to where the fence will be. Shredded all the brash. Everything ready for them to begin.

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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #32 on: May 27, 2020, 01:42:21 pm »
You need a rest after all that hard work Eric :D

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« Reply #33 on: May 28, 2020, 11:34:14 am »
Am sitting round today.
Created a path across the Drive side bed yesterday so that we can reach the Holly hedge for maintainance. I would like to extend the path along the side of the hedge, but we have run out of bricks for the edging. Since I made the path as much to use up a lot of bricks it seems a bit silly to go out and buy more,so  will have to think again.

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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #34 on: June 04, 2020, 08:26:41 pm »
Path building

We decided that we need to make a path so that we can access the Holly hedge along the side of the garden.



We had enough bricks to make a path across from the drive to the hedge.



The mulch had killed off the grass so it was easy to strip it off and remove the mulch at the same time.



I replaced some of the mulch as a foundation layer for when I put  decorative bark down.



The section of garden between the Drive side bed and the Holly hedge.



Again the mulch had killed off the 'grass' underneath so it was easy to strip away the dead stuff.



Our neighbour gave us a large number of bricks to make one side of the path.



Putting them down in a straight line was fairly easy except where there were big tree roots from the hedge and the Rowan in the Drive side bed.



There were not enough bricks to go all the way to the shrub at the end. We will have to buy some to complete the path another time.



I used logs to make the right hand side of the path. The decorative bark finishes it off nicely.














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« Reply #35 on: June 04, 2020, 08:41:57 pm »
Top path

We needed a path across the top of the garden to get from one side of the middle bed to the Drive.



The bed has a curved top so the path followed that curve.



I used some pieces of old concrete roofing tiles to make a low wall .



I had enough to go round and down the drive a little way.



I added a second layer.



Finally I put a layer of nice stones which came from the old fire surround in the Living room.



For the other side of the path I used some more concrete roofing tiles which were lying around the garden.



There were enough of them to make the edging.



I  covered the soil with mulch from when we shredded the conifer hedge to make a soft surface.

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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #36 on: June 18, 2020, 10:05:02 am »
Stumpery

We have removed a long Leylandii hedge from the rear of the garden. The trunks are slowly being removed by a neighbour who uses them for heating. The stumps which had to be removed from the soil to make way for a fence are too hard to cut up with an amateur chainsaw. So, we decided to use them to make a Stumpery.
This area seemed perfect for it.

Traditionally the stumps would be used with the roots upwards, but we felt that burying the roots would be more stable .
The first stump and the biggest was put in.



The area here seems to have been used as a dumping ground for every bit of building rubble and loose rocks from the rest of the garden. The rubble will go to the re-cycling yard, but the rocks I can use when I make an alpine plant growing area elsewhere.
The next row of stumps.



There is quite a large area between the Stumpery and the bottom of the garden.



The end of the first day of construction. The front part of the bed completed.



The left hand side. I made it slope down from the big stump to ground level at the back



I then began work on the right hand side, again sloping it down from front to back.
End of day two.



We decided that  it would be more pleasing if the bed was not a regular shape and give more planting areas so the back stumps were put in at an angle rather than straight across.



I positioned a largish stump at the back ready to which I built out.



Now I began to fill in the gap from the right hand side to the back stump.



End of day three.



The gap from the back stump to the left was filled in.



The picture from this side shows the irregular shape of the bed.



I began to fill the bed with good leafy top soil.



Finally I cut back some of the overhanging branches from the trees in the hedge row to let in more light and rain. We cannot do anything to the Beech tree as it has a Tree Preservation Order on it.



The next job is to find plants which will grow in that situation.




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Re: Not sitting round
« Reply #37 on: June 19, 2020, 04:48:12 pm »
That was a lot of hard work Eric :o
Thank you for taking the time to take photos as you progressed with the project and posting them here.
How    doo    youuu    doooo    it ???

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« Reply #38 on: June 19, 2020, 05:57:18 pm »
Biggest problem was that the soil is full of stones and rubble and roots. So to dig a hole I have to push in my fork which has needle points on the tines, waggle it back and too, use the extremely sharp 'D' lawn edger to cut the thinner roots and the loppers to cut any bigger ones. Then I can leaver out the lump of soil, bang it about until the unwanted pits are separate. Then I collect the rubbish and bag ready for taking to the recycling. The decent stones go to be used in another project. Repeat for the next lump and so on. Fun!
As for taking pictures, no trouble.  I take one each time I stop for a cuppa!