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How to kill a whitethorn hedge?


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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 8:51 pm    Post subject: How to kill a whitethorn hedge? Reply with quote

Hi, I'm removing a patchy whitethorn thats obstructing a view. Is there an easy way to do this. even if cut it back to ground level how would I stop it growing again(without getting a machine in to rip it out of the ground)
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you'll probably find it's illegal to remove the hedge this time of year - hedgecutting is banned from about march till sept or october.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hedge cutting is only illegal if said hedge is not on your property. If it's inside your boundary then you can cut it down if you like. There was another thread where a lovely member actually posted, and explained, all the legalities of this matter.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just found a two year old thread on the subject; makes no mention of ownership issues, but according to it, if it's on cultivated land, there should be no issue.

http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about1361.html
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regardlessof legalities, it would be heartbreaking to destroy a nest while cutting anything in nesting season.I imagine, MeathMan, that it will not be too hard to have a closer look to see if there are any nests in your whitethorn......?
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the law seems to be a bit of a lame duck; the exceptions the law allows probably cover 95% of the reasons for cutting the hedge in the first place.
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't dream of destroying a nest Sive....Anyone got any practical advice about this. Its on my land and its going... despite the legalities!
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 12:42 am    Post subject: All sorted so. Reply with quote

You seem to have it all worked out for yerself.

You should probably just cut it down and enjoy the new view. I hope this helps in your cutting down of the tree.
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stump killing details here MeathMan http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about114.html
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Before you kill it, consider making a bonsai project of it.
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

just reread the original post - for some reason, i read 'whitethorn hedge' yesterday, but there's no implication that it's anything more than one tree.
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Medieval Knievel, that's the thread title...and Willie, I'll be as gentle as I can. Getting the chainsaw at it then.....Gonna stack it high and light a big fire when it dries out. Might even have a few beers while standing in the cloud of smoke. Thanks for the help people!
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excuse the candidness, but I can see you don't give a flying fig what anyone thinks.

But I want to make it clear to you that such a plant , depending on conditions, can make one of the finest bonsai projects possible.
Most bonsai trees do not come from little trees growing up, but from big trees comn down. There are people out there who would dive on that tree just to see could it be bonsaied rather than exterminated. Believe me.

You could get the best of both worlds if you just hold up for a mo : Tree reduced to a couple of feet high and a first class bonsai in the tubes. Why don't you post a picture before you kill it ?
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A picture would be great, and maybe one of the view that you might have. A low white-thorn hedge in the foreground could enhance that view and they support so much wildlife that can benefit the rest of your garden.
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PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Willie, I might just do that! Forgive my ignorance but I thought you were being sarcastic
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