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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:31 pm    Post subject: how to deal with eucalyptus Reply with quote

i haven't pruned the eucalyptus at the end of our driveway since we moved into the house nearly three years ago. the previous owner used to always keep it pruned to below the wire you can see in the photo below; it's now overtopped the wire by about four foot. the previous owner had it pruned back to a point about halfway up in the photo where you can see three or four branches growing from.

so - what's best to do with it? i'd be afraid of it damaging the wire in windy weather, but also cutting it back below that line will probably involve butchering it...



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cut it. You get lovely new foliage.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will grow very quickly, so cut it. Just consider carefully where you place your cuts, to try to ensure the new branc/es grow in the right direction. You'll find good guides on pruning trees so as to improve their shape, on line.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers ks and Gg. any idea when is the best time of year to tackle eucalyptus?

i was half thinking of using the old big cut as a starting point.
the main problem with the front garden is that it's just a lot of shrubs (some interestig, mind) planted in a monotonous line around the walls. quite boring, but the wife likes the privacy.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok time for me to be honest and dont get upset as some do with me.
it is a miserable specimen and is causing the lovely holly beside it to suffer.
So I would remove it altogether as its not native and contributes nothing to wildlife or biodiversity in Ireland (See Biodiversity Pollinator Plan )
I would then lift the holly and plant it where the Eucalyptus was.
I would then plant a few Helleborus nigra, Potentilla fruiticosa, Lavander, berberis stenophylla corallina compacta, I would plant some snowdrops and Tet a Tet Daffodils for spring colour and Eranthus or crocus. I dont know how big your border is but sometimes plants just get old and tired and its time for them to go.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no offence taken, i didn't plant it and have no emotional attachment to it.
when we moved in the holly was a self sown spindly thing overgrown by another shrub which i cut back to the ground, and in the last year has bulked up by about 100%.

my immediate concern is the wires, rather than the eucalyptus. 90% of the front garden is as it was when me moved in, we've been concentrating on the back garden.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would cut it about six inches above the wall just above where that small new growth is. You could cut it now.
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