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High retaining wall - what to plant on it ??


 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:41 pm    Post subject: High retaining wall - what to plant on it ?? Reply with quote

We have a very high retaining wall at the back of our house - at it's highest point it is about 5 feet graduating down to about three feet over a length of about 30ft. A new lawn and some raised beds for vegetables come down to the top of the wall. We would like to plant something along the edge of the wall as it is dangerous for children or animals, but we don't want anything too high.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you mean something like shrubs planted at the lower level ? Or are you thinking of planting at the upper level ?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your quick reply. I meant to grow on the upper level of the wall to prevent children or animals from running over the edge. The drop would be down on to concrete.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about a pleeched hedge
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gracious, a 5' drop onto concrete sounds rather nasty.......I thought the lower level was cultivated ground too. If you don't want anything too high and just need a visual boundary you could go for something like densely planted lavender. How much of a deterrent ( thorns etc ) you need depends on how young/foolish the children or animals are !
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:03 pm    Post subject: photos Reply with quote

hi. any photos of your project, jack
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies. I took photos on my phone with the intention of putting them up here but I can't get them up. Waiting on my teenage daughter to show me how to do it??
Greengage - what is a pleeched hedge ?
Sive, I like the idea of the lavender.
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