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Gerrymadden
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:04 am    Post subject: earth ditch on roadside Reply with quote

Hello,

We recently moved into our new self build home. The site is flat and open at three sides. We plan to set beech hedging along these sides.

My problem is there is an earth ditch in front of the house which runs along the road. We asked for the ditch not to be knocked when the house was being built.

The ditch was over grown with all nettles and ferns. I have since used roundup on the ditch and cleared away all the nettles and ferns. However all thats left now is a very miserable looking earthy dich. It is around 5 foot high. There are also very poor blackthorn trees in it but some have died and the rest are very scraggy.

I am sorry I touched the ditch now. It looked better when it was all wild.

Any suggestions on what to do?

I don't want a formal looking ditch. I tought I might cut down the blackthorn thats there and re plant black/ white thorn back into it. Ill also have to put more earth into the ditch as it looks like it could collapse in places.

Any help greatly appreciated.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One suggestion: plant bare-root native hedging this autumn.....when you use very young plants, they establish quickly and of course are far less expensive than buying more mature plants.
I am looking out at a hedge that was planted 18 months ago and most of it is already about 4 ft high.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you planted Escallonia on top of the bank, it'll eventually cover all the way down to the bottom after a few years (besides growing up-and out).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

when we had our house built we had to leave the natural hedgrow,i`m glad of that,it gives screening from the road,birds,blackberries and sloes,snd it looks lovely looking out onto it,so private too for us,the ground in front of our house is wet but we made a garden to sit in,i say plant a wild hedgrow and have it cut 2 times a year,
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:41 am    Post subject: pics of hedgrow Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice garden sal, love the cat. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks very much for all your replies.
Can't seem to do much in this weather. I wil replant the black/ white thorn and maybe get some kind of ground cover to grow down over ditch itself. Thats the plan anyway!

Thanks again
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how about putting aubretia at the foot of the black/whitehorns and perhaps wild primroses,and even wild garlic?they look lovely as you drive along country roads,i hope to put some on the other side of my hedge just for colour,
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again,

Thanks for that reply, I never thought of wild garlic, that would be great.
However I am after mentioing to a few people that I am replanting in black/ white thorn etc. and they have all told me I'm mad as they are alot of trouble after a few years and very hard to cut back and keep tidy. My husband is not very green fingered and I might have trouble.

Any thoughts?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

black and white thorn is traditionally used for farms to keep animals in and is trimmed using tractors with large blade cutters. How about beech and / or rosa rugossa, or berberis
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'd put alpine strawberrys, primroses, etc, into it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes alpine strawberries are a good idea,as for the hedge,mine has bees there long befrore i bought hte land and it was a field for cows,but saying that there is always a farmer or even the utilities people cutting hedges nearby and they cut mine for 20-25 euro`s cash,they even knock sometimes if i dont see them to see if i want it cut ,i have mine and next doors done as she too has left her hedgerow,twice a year,you will always see guys along the roads cutting hedges,stop them and ask,they would be glad to have 20-25 euro`s for doing it,
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