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Our Gardens => My Garden => : Palustris April 25, 2020, 05:47:56 PM

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: Palustris April 25, 2020, 05:47:56 PM
We have been doing some work on the new garden.
We removed part of a Leylandii hedge. This is the brash from it
Going, going, gone.

(https://i.imgur.com/rFY9VXj.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/SlZWqou.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/gbQyBx2.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/IMoTcnc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/topcB5a.jpg)

And this is where it has gone to.

(https://i.imgur.com/T0MXHJ1.jpg)

The branches and stumps were also cut up and stacked. A neighbour will have the logs when they have dried out and when the Lockdown is over.

Going

(https://i.imgur.com/t3rz5EL.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4vS7Ude.jpg)

Going

(https://i.imgur.com/1en5vDJ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4FA0dNy.jpg)

Going

(https://i.imgur.com/sBi6e5S.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FDlKi02.jpg)

Gone

(https://i.imgur.com/A8PFIHk.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/y9QdOum.jpg)
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: ideasguy April 25, 2020, 07:22:29 PM
Oh my goodness, gracious me :o
 
Did you do that on your own Eric????? :o
You one very fit guy and all neatly stacked.
I presume you are handy with a chain saw??
I am SO impressed. How long did it take you? How tall was it?

That's going to keep somebody's home fie burning for a LONG time ;D

You'll sleep tonight Eric:D

I hate Leylandii hedges with a passion,
I have a Leylandii Castlewellan Gold hedge all the way along the length of our property. Its is a nightmare. SUPER FAST growing. I cut it over the winter months, filling a recycle bin in each session. It sure keeps me warm on a cold
day! After a couple of months it looks like it needs clipped again (I never have time to do that in summer!) and by winter it has 2 to 3 ft growth in most places,

Now, your solution? I LIKE that!
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: Palustris April 25, 2020, 08:27:17 PM
At the bottom of the garden was a 40 feet long, 12 foot high Leylandii hedge. It has gone. Most of that went to the re-cycling yard. Car load, after car load.
This is what it was like.
(https://i.imgur.com/6UhuJSH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LrmpYAS.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/eh5f1Z1.jpg)
All cut back  Stumps  needed removing and the cut material needed shredding.
(https://i.imgur.com/QllXzmf.jpg)
We left the ones nearest to the drive for the moment for security. We removed them when we had a date for fencing. The length of the piece is about 14 metres. It gives us another 2 metres of garden behind the shed and the greenhouse base.
(https://i.imgur.com/7BuKvjj.jpg)
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: Palustris April 25, 2020, 08:42:56 PM
And more images,
(https://i.imgur.com/pgky3i7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/q7W5wAa.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/eE4jr0a.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/JRzF3lV.jpg)

The new fence.

(https://i.imgur.com/knJZZOc.jpg)
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: ideasguy April 26, 2020, 12:43:30 PM
Is that your property on both sides of the new fence?
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: Palustris April 26, 2020, 02:10:46 PM
No, that fence is along side the communal drive.
The boss and I did all the work on the cutting down, shredding, cutting up and stacking. We work together very well. Been using a chain saw for the last 30 years. They scare the living daylights out of me , so I am extremely careful with it.
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: Palustris April 26, 2020, 02:21:41 PM
This is the section we have cleared for the next length of fence. The neighbour is as pleased as us to get rid of the hedge. He is finiding it increasingly hard to trim it.
(https://i.imgur.com/S7Jj96H.jpg)
I cut away the dwad stuff on our side.
(https://i.imgur.com/nvhlL1D.jpg)
The tree in this corner was dead and it came down with no effort.
(https://i.imgur.com/8riAmo7.jpg)
Part cleared. We leave a good 4 feet of stump to use as a lever to get the roots out.
(https://i.imgur.com/vw2YLCm.jpg)
Cleared.
(https://i.imgur.com/Etd5YfV.jpg)
I painted the side of neighbours Car port as once the fence is up he would not be able to access it.
(https://i.imgur.com/OK6BR3L.jpg)
Some of the removed stumps.
(https://i.imgur.com/M1I7Ppt.jpg)
Leaves his garden a bit open to us, but nothing much I can do about that except put in some shade netting.
(https://i.imgur.com/g8iT5KZ.jpg)
Final section. We have left the stumps in here until we can get the fencing company in.
(https://i.imgur.com/B3lOloQ.jpg)
Someone approved.

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: Eric Hardy April 27, 2020, 02:12:19 PM
My goodness, Eric, you have been busy. I am back again after being quiet for a few years.  Those Leylandii are a menace, people put them in because they are quick growing and by golly they are.
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: Palustris April 27, 2020, 03:10:37 PM
What we find odd is that our neighbour is keen to have this hedge out and replaced with a fence because he finds cutting them so difficult, yet he has Leylandii all round the rest of his garden.
I am slightly allergic to conifer resin so getting rid is more than necessary.
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: ideasguy April 27, 2020, 07:22:31 PM
He probably hoped you would volunteer to do the Leylandii all round the rest of his garden ;D
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: Palustris April 27, 2020, 08:18:03 PM
He will have a long wait!
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: barryl April 28, 2020, 07:16:44 PM
My ex-neighbour (a grumpy and unsociable couple) planed 4 leylandii on our shared boundary. When they left (hooray!) a nice young couple with 1.5 children moved in (they now have 3); quite early on they removed 2 of the dread trees, and I knocked on their door to thank them. "Oh goodness, she said, I suppose we should have asked first" (shows how nice she is....); I explained that I came in to bless them! They are lovely neighbours - and have removed the other two as well....
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: ideasguy April 28, 2020, 07:51:01 PM
Lucky you Barry!

The top of my garden is invaded by very much unwanted delights from the two neighbours who back on to our fence.

One is Populus gileadensis 'Aurora'. They call it the Hankerchief tree It may look like it but it most certainly is not.
That one has very invasive root system. It has spread under the fence and into my garden. Have to get rid of its suckers when I see them. The lady lost her husband a few years ago and she hired someone to prune it. A large branch fell into our garden and they left it for me to deal with. I was just glad to see it lying flat(ish) instead of upright!
Next, a honeysuckle. Beautiful when it flower, but in winter I fill a wheelie bin with the tangle of growth left behind.
The most annoying is some spiny invasive variety of Raspberry. It is all over my side of the garden fence. Then it started spreading down the hedge and grows merrily through my beloved Castlewellan Gold hedge (yes, Leylandii) and is within a few feet of my own well behaved Raspberry bed.
The other neighbour had a variegated Ivy on the fence. It made its way to my side. I hate the stuff so I keep removing it when it appears.
Gardening = Man versus nature. Nature usually wins ;D
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: barryl April 29, 2020, 08:57:46 AM
Dont start me on ivy..... The same awful neighbours put in a lot and of course it is impossible to eliminate.
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: Palustris April 29, 2020, 09:51:31 AM
You have only seen the conifers from the edge of the garden. We also removed them from the interior as well.
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: ideasguy April 29, 2020, 12:38:41 PM
We also removed them from the interior as well
You are a champion Eric. :)

I hope you don't have a hedge near that Ivy Barry.
Hedges are great when they are small. Over here, the Ivy comes from nowhere and infests any hedge I have which is about 10 years or more. Its making its way into my beautiful Leylandii hedge. There is a good side - the birds love it for shelter and build their nests in it.
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: Palustris April 30, 2020, 11:17:34 AM
From last year. This was a very dead stump with various self sown tree seedlings in and around it. There was also a very poor conifer in the way too.
(https://i.imgur.com/gRbsSh0.jpg)
The stump was very rotten and collapsed while I was clearing the weeds away.

(https://i.imgur.com/unajecM.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/1IM23El.jpg)
The Laurel was a self seeded one too.

(https://i.imgur.com/xwFQD0F.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/ZleaYp4.jpg)
The roots of the tree had rotted away so it was easy to turn it over

(https://i.imgur.com/9LjXLy0.jpg)
It just fell to pieces.

(https://i.imgur.com/rQwyLiP.jpg)
It filled a few boxes and bags.

(https://i.imgur.com/Tw356Ax.jpg)
All cleared away and the hole raked over.

(https://i.imgur.com/r67aTuC.jpg)
Replaced the conifer with a Magnolia lilacifolia rubra.
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: Palustris April 30, 2020, 11:19:35 AM
Again from last year.
A day in the life of a garden.

(https://i.imgur.com/VjIvq9Y.jpg)

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(https://i.imgur.com/gxwp6SJ.jpg)

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(https://i.imgur.com/bkeuyQ9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Gj6TYlA.jpg)

The stump at the end is dead. I leant on it and it came out, very nice.

(https://i.imgur.com/DO5PWCc.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/h9B4MUT.jpg)

 (https://i.imgur.com/gKPsKYz.jpg)

Another stump removed, the conifers trimmed so that we can clear out the Ivy and Bindweed underneath. Eventually all three of the conifers will be cut down.


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: Palustris April 30, 2020, 11:21:27 AM
From this last March to

(https://i.imgur.com/QlyU4tj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nJPFZxt.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JfVXcUA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TcDGkB3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/aMy7rbv.jpg)

This.

(https://i.imgur.com/QSMmf9f.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iUSfy4c.jpg)
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: Palustris April 30, 2020, 11:23:01 AM
Pieris Bed


At the top of the garden on the South side of the house was a huge bed of Pieris.
(https://i.imgur.com/8M4aZg7.jpg)

Next to it was the remains of a bed with a huge tree stump at one end. The stump was too big to remove. So I dug it over.

(https://i.imgur.com/U9UwN2Y.jpg)

It seemed more sensible to remove the Pieris and make a bigger bed.

(https://i.imgur.com/LMgNiYp.jpg)

It was easier than I thought as the shrubs had fairly thin branches.

(https://i.imgur.com/HEZ00rn.jpg)

That still left the roots to be removed. I marked out the size of the bed we wanted.

(https://i.imgur.com/2u8VK3T.jpg)

Then I began the task of digging out the roots. Again easier than I had feared. The roots were fairly shallow and the soil quite soft.

(https://i.imgur.com/TDGeijD.jpg)

The branches and roots I took to the recycling yard.

(https://i.imgur.com/bo4Q91Y.jpg)

I marked out the shape of the bed with a lawn edging turf and began removing the turf.

(https://i.imgur.com/L2Rvbjz.jpg)

The turf was stacked elsewhere to turn into top soil. The bed did not take long to clear.

(https://i.imgur.com/uqEebAO.jpg)

I began to dig it over. Very soon I found a lot of large roots from the felled tree. These I removed.

(https://i.imgur.com/kvT81kI.jpg)

It did take a few days to dig it over as there were some very thick roots which had to be cut out. Eventually it was done.
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: trishs May 14, 2020, 01:57:58 AM
Goodness, so much work!  I thought we'd done quite a lot of tree pruning recently but nothing quite as extensive as you.  I guess we have all been tending our gardens for so long now that this time has sneaked up upon us.  I still can't quite believe that our walnut tree was once a tiny seedling in a yoghurt pot which I bought at a village fete in the eighties,  We too have a small run of leylandii hedge which we have been trying to get back down to a manageable height, and  a lonicera nitida hedge which , like me, had fattened rather too much over the years and is being brought back into a slimmer and trim  shape.  As regards chain saws, when we bought ours years ago , it was via a very entrepeneurial young lad in one of my teacher husban's classes.  he was such a good saleman that he also got us to buy the relevant safety kit and Rog now always dons his special chainsaw trousers which makes me feel slightly less apprehensive when they are out cutting.
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: Palustris May 14, 2020, 05:42:00 PM
The biggest problem we have after removing the Leylandii and the other over grown conifers, is the roots left behind. Taken all afternoon to lay two paving slabs. All because of the roots under the grass of the 'lawn'. They are like steel hawsers.
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: ideasguy May 15, 2020, 10:00:52 AM
I bet you sleep well at night Eric :D
I am amazed at the work you do there.
You've turned a nightmare created by your predecessor into a beautiful design.
Keep up the good work 8) I look forward to the planting stage and seeing that develop.
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: Palustris May 17, 2020, 08:31:01 PM
The Fencing contractor came and measured up. 42 metres of fence. Sheeesh. That is going to cost well ove 2,000. BUT it has to be done and there is no way we can do it. The gravel boards are just too heavy for us these days. AND, they will only deliver to the bottom of the drive so we would have to carry them 50 or so metres up to the back of the garden. The fencing chaps can get their vehicle almost up to the top of the garden s no problem for them.
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: Palustris May 18, 2020, 05:38:50 PM
Taken out three more conifer stumps. There was a stone inside one of the roots so it blunted the chain saw blade. Too tired to change the blade, so we packed in for the day.
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: Palustris 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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: Palustris 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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: ideasguy 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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: Palustris 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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: ideasguy 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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: Palustris 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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: Palustris 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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: ideasguy May 27, 2020, 01:42:21 PM
You need a rest after all that hard work Eric :D
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: Palustris 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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: Palustris 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.

(https://i.imgur.com/suFSTR6.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/fIS6TLn.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/25XEUAy.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/5uhLjgF.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/C0MXsjR.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/zc8OkQl.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/c01Rlpx.jpg)

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.

(https://i.imgur.com/PA0MQyz.jpg)

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.

(https://i.imgur.com/5kNyw8O.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/8AvOTkf.jpg)











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: Palustris 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.

(https://i.imgur.com/hl3pJeS.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/0pPgZP0.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/axCFer1.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/ZuiEGt3.jpg)

I added a second layer.

(https://i.imgur.com/CmD7NEU.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/D1Hj3MH.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/qIlWGDy.jpg)

There were enough of them to make the edging.

(https://i.imgur.com/V3xrh8V.jpg)

I  covered the soil with mulch from when we shredded the conifer hedge to make a soft surface.
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: Palustris 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.
(https://i.imgur.com/GQeCg1q.jpg)
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.

(https://i.imgur.com/gHxXQgl.jpg)

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.

(https://i.imgur.com/rl7Yrj9.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/8iHHFii.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/ibNNBJu.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/HKe0uQU.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/qfsIBRN.jpg)

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.

(https://i.imgur.com/h5f0iQT.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/psaI3m9.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/1jmM0nK.jpg)

End of day three.

(https://i.imgur.com/CM5hWwr.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/WionqMr.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/8DobFL4.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/0SBcGyO.jpg)

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.

(https://i.imgur.com/A0duf7b.jpg)

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




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: ideasguy 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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: Palustris 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!