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Today's task...pruning the hedge while there's still time.

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The buds on the hedge are starting to swell now, and the birds love to be in here. So before they start to nest in it, I’ve finished pruning this north facing side. I’ll leave the rest until next winter.

The hedge is in a terrible state, and most of the cottages on our farm have removed the hedge, but I really don’t want to do that as it is so vital to the birds, and every day there is a flock of sparrows to greet me when I come out of the house. If I can get one side done a year, in two more years it will be fine. The front is in good condition as it is young and has been maintained.

So I’ve pulled out all the dead branches and cut off all the forward growing ones, and trimmed off the bits at the top that stuck out in to my head (ouch!). It’s Hawthorn, so I needed thick gauntlets. When it gets its thorns in your skin, the wounds hurt for days, it’s vicious!

Having raked out all the detritus from under the hedge, I will soon be ready to sow the wildflower seed. Just need to get that lot chopped up and burned first…..sigh!

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What a lot of work, Karen! A hawthorn hedge is a wonderful resource, though. My sister has hawthorn all down one long side of her property. You will have a beautiful hedge by the time you have finished restoring it. It is a bit vicious, isn't it? ;-)

18 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Melchi. It was quite oppressive on this north side...reaching in to the garden by about a metre as you can see, and keeping a lot of the light out, which is not what you want on a north facing side. It feels so much lighter now :))

18 Mar, 2014

 

First class job there Karen ... don't envy you the chopping up and burning of that lot though!

I bought myself a B&B patio cleaning brush yesterday and have used it on half the block paved patio today ... so pleased with it ... no doubt I shall get reprimanded when M gets home for doing so much! ... :o(

18 Mar, 2014

 

Oh Karen you certainly have made big difference and you can now see how much space you have got back.

18 Mar, 2014

 

wow what a difference..it looks so much bigger now. all thorney things are a devils to get rid off. its a pity we dont have clean up fairies...

18 Mar, 2014

 

Well done Karen!!!!, Derek.

18 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks everyone! Once I get the rubbish burned, I can straighten up that turf edge and get my seeds sown. Its surprisingly sunny here, and I think we will have sunshine on the deck behind the kitchen in the summer time as it was there by 3pm today. I'm really pleased, as I thought it would be deep shade there all year around.

18 Mar, 2014

 

How thrilling for you Karen knowing that you will get sunshine behind the kitchen.

It will be all surprices all season.

18 Mar, 2014

 

It will! :)))))

18 Mar, 2014

 

Thats a job well worth doing Karen and haven't you gained a huge border, it will be so much better now its had a good haircut and will soon fill out again, the birds will appreciate you keeping their home..........

18 Mar, 2014

 

A good job done Karen, ours needs doing but I hate it, all those thorns, ouch. Blackthorn is worse though, those thorns are huge. Nothing nicer than seeing hawthorn in blossom. I love sparrows, I dont get them much here, well dunnocks but not house sparrows.

18 Mar, 2014

 

I have hedge sparrows. Snoop, the hedge is officially the farmers, so I don't think I'll be paying for layering. I reckon it's older than me. A lot of dead wood in there. I guess it could be layered, but I think I'll just Underplanting it and fill the gaps with honeysuckle etc. I fancy a few rosa glauca too!

18 Mar, 2014

 

Thank you Lincslass, yes, lots of planting space! :))))

18 Mar, 2014

 

Not an easy job K, well done for getting it done though, (have you got a log burner?) the sparrows really love those hedges, and I just enjoy hearing them chattering to one another, you are doing a grand job and the wild flowers will be just the ticket...cannot wait for your next instalment.

18 Mar, 2014

 

No, Angela, we don't have a log burner, but we will keep the thicker bits of this for the open fire. Thank you for your encouragement! :))

18 Mar, 2014

 

Of course, another great job done! You'll be needing one of those hedge cutting machines the farmers use.

18 Mar, 2014

 

Well done Karen x (again :0)

Have you thought of feeding the hedge to rejuvinate it?
simple balanced fertiliser and a good mulch if you can get any, it looks a bit impoverished.
we have hawthorn hedges all round and thankfully next door has a flail on his tractor!
it gets done every year, top and sides, usually late autumn depending on how wet the fields are.
looks neat at the moment but suprising how much it grows in the year

19 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Pam. The farmer does the top and his side in November, but we will need to do our own side. I was thinking about feeding it yesterday. I've still got two compost bins to empty and I'll get some fertiliser for it. As you say it looks very poor, but it is extremely old and I'm not sure how well it will rejuvenate....still,it's worth a good try! :)

19 Mar, 2014

 

Ours is old too, a good feed and mulch and you'll be complaining its growing wild!
I'd look at adding some native shrubs to the hedge, how would you feel about native trees like rowan?

19 Mar, 2014

 

Busy as usual Karen and won`t the sparrows be grateful for all the care your taking. We have hawthorn the other side of the bottom garden wall which we have to cut back from the gateway each year and I dread doing it as you say it can be extremely vicious so I didn`t envy you your task on such a long hedgerow.

19 Mar, 2014

 

Pam, I love them, but I think I'll add things as they become available. I've already added 14 honeysuckles, and I would like some wild roses too....just takes time. I filled a big space with an old Euonymus this morning. :)

19 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Stroller! X

19 Mar, 2014

 

Maybe some fuchsias too!

19 Mar, 2014

 

I think you are right Karen, give it until at least the autumn and you will see how all your effort has payed off, then decide whats needed where.....

19 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Pam. :)

19 Mar, 2014

 

Karen, you are a glutton for punishment !
Do you ever have time to eat and sleep ! lol You done a great job and the birds will love it !

19 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Rose...plenty of time for eating, sleeping and garden shopping. All the important things in life! :))

19 Mar, 2014

 

Oh ...and I thought it was gardening Karen ! lol

20 Mar, 2014

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