Removal of trees and redesign help
South Lanark, United Kingdom
I have attached some photographs of a large "tree hedge" probably about 6 - 8 trees long. The trees are now almost 2m wide and encroaching on a side border, impoverishing the soil and encouraging moss to grow on the lawn.
I have already had the height cut 2 years ago by about 2feet and although this has let more light in it had encouraged it to grow forward as well.
I am considering having it removed by a local tree specialist, however I would prefer to take some advice on this before taking such a drastic measure.
Can you identify the trees from the photos? Are they specialist trees that require permission to be removed and is it possible to tell how old they are from these photos?
Will I require to have neighbour's permission to remove the trees as this will leave their lounge overlooked untill I have replaced them with a more environmentally friendly screening?
Should the stumps be removed as well as the trees or is it possible to use the stumps as a basis for redesigning this area of garden?
What special measures will I require to take to refresh the area - ie will it need new topsoil or other special feeding to encourage new trees and plants to grow?
I have various shrubs and trees in pots and tubs or recently planted in another border which could easily be moved - eg. Amelanchior, Buddleia (Black Knight), Acers, Cotinus Coggria, Zephryn Druin - climbing roses, Madame Hardiy - shrub rose, Photinia (Red Robin) and 2 newly planted Holly...
There are Skimmia, a small Rhododendron and some tree paeonies already in this border but they cannot be seen because of the tree growth.
I would appreciate any advice you can give me on what I should do next.
I've added some more photos to the ideas section for anyone to see more of what I'm asking....
- 5 Jul, 2009