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Hello folks,

Sorry for bothering you all but knowing keen gardeners you will all want to answer this.

Let me tell you about our garden, it’s only a small (ish) garden and south facing so we get a lot of sunshine and the previous owner had a liking for decking and palm trees (I think they are palm tree's but I'm not too sure) personally I don’t like them, I think they are unsightly and a pain in the bum (or the head, it depends where they stab you). Now we have the rest of the house sorted and the weather is getting nice were thinking of digging them up and getting rid of these and need some advice on the best way to do it?

Personally I would just hack them to bits and dig them up but is this going to have any undesired effects, like growing back because we have left the roots in? What would the best way to tackle them be?

We also have a load of bamboo growing in there as well but were going to get rid of the palm trees first so we have more room to work with.

Any advice suggestions would be welcome

Cheers Lee

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Cut them down then dig out the rootball - its such a small area, it'd be daft to leave the roots in, they'll take up far too much room.

31 Jul, 2011


And don't leave the bamboo too long--it'll spread like billy-oh!
I do agree about the trees. Personally I like an English cottage garden look, even though I lack the cottage!

31 Jul, 2011


Some people with want them. Advertise on Gumtree or Freecycle offering the palms for free -new owner to dig out and collect. That means you get them removed for free and for no effort.

31 Jul, 2011


I agree, get the roots out if you can, then you will have room to grow what you want. You may need to put some goodness back into the soil where they had been, some well rotted manure or some lovely garden compost would be ideal. If you do this give the plot a chance to settle before planting.

1 Aug, 2011


Freecycle is great - got rid of some Japanese anemones on there just this afternoon.

1 Aug, 2011

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