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hywel

By hywel

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Several years ago I planted two small Cupressus macrocarpa Godlcrest trees in my garden. They were quite small at the time.
Over the years however, they grew much bigger, and in spite of my efforts to cut them back and keep them small they became tall ugly and rather opressive.

Here’s a view of my garden, showing the Cupressus trees.

I had difficulty cutting them and gathering up all the bits after cutting.
The ground around them became difficult to keep tidy and was a tangle of creepers and weeds,
and although it didn’t look too bad in a photo, it was really a mess and something had to be done about it …

… so I got rid of them ! … I was going to wait until the autumn but I got impatient and decided to do it now :D and it’s been easier to get to the creepers and weeds to sort them out.

The next photos may give an idea of how bad it was :-

Here’s ‘before’ with one of the trees :-

Here’s ‘after’ :-

You can see that I’ve put the sundial back in its original position, where it was before the Cupresses tree grew too big and blocked out the sun.
The grey chimney pot has been repositioned and you can now see the terracotta chimney pot which was out of view behind the tree.

Here’s some more ‘after’ :-

It feels much lighter and airier now, and it doesn’t look overcrowded any more.

Here’s a photo of where the lower tree was, and the stump that’s left. I had a terrible job getting rid of the first stump so maybe I’ll just leave this one and plant things around it.

There’s still a lot of tidying to do but I’m glad the trees have gone.

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I like what you did, it looks so good now and there will be more moisture for the other plants. Its hard to do this sometimes but you have added to the look rather than taken it away.

17 May, 2019

 

That must have taken some determination to get started!
The plants around the trees will give a sigh of relief and reward you with some enthusiasm! Its all looking very pretty as it always does. Love the little family of cats- haven't seen them for ages. Incidentally are you still potting?

17 May, 2019

 

It was a big decision but it has done wonders for your garden. Well done but how did you manage to get rid of the trees? Can you take them to a recycling centre or will the council pick them up for you? You could drill holes in the stump and put stump killer in the holes. Or hollow out a pot shape in the trunk and plant something in it. Your garden is looking wonderful.

17 May, 2019

 

Great result after all that work, Hywel. A much better view without those pesky trees!

17 May, 2019

 

I agree, I prefer the after as well. You can now see more of the garden.

17 May, 2019

 

It looks much better Hywel.

17 May, 2019

 

much better Hywel. a job well done. I'd be tempted to try and saw the trunk level to the ground or as close as possible. then as Scotsgran says drill a few holes and add stump killer to rot it out.

17 May, 2019

 

Thanks for all your comments

Scotsgran and Seaburngirl thanks for advice about the remaining stump.

Scotsgran I was able to take the trees to the recycling centre a few miles away

I haven't done any pottery for ages Steragram but I hope to be able to resume when the shed roof has been mended this summer.

17 May, 2019

 

Hywel that all sounds very positive. Seeing the garden come to life like this is as good as a tonic.

17 May, 2019

 

Looks far better Hywel as you say it looks brighter. If you can drill holes into the trunks that are left and tip baking soda in the holes you drilled they say on you tube it gets rid of the trunks.

18 May, 2019

 

I agree with everyone that your garden looks much better now they are gone. These trees are pretty whether are little but they don't stop growing & end up as big lumps. Your garden looks nice & full as always! I also like the cat ornaments & that nice square tub with the blocked type sides.

18 May, 2019

 

Thank you all :)

19 May, 2019

 

I agree that the little Goldcrest plants look extremely ornamental when small and grow quickly to be a nuisance. Perhaps the answer is to treat them like an annual, which I saw someone doing when planting up a garden pot!

19 May, 2019

 

You must be pleased with the result, Hywel. It does look better. I think it’s difficult to get rid of things, even when you think it will be an improvement. The dead plum tree which I had been using to hang bird feeders on, and through which I had grown a honeysuckle and a clematis finally blew down in February. Well, I knew it would eventually. When the “tree man” came to remove it, I also asked him to remove a cotoneaster tree. It was bending over sideways because it was too close to my contorted willow, and completely overshadowed the surrounding bed. It took me a while to make the decision once and for all, but I am so glad I did. It has given a new lease of life to some nearby roses, and also provided me with extra space to fill!

19 May, 2019

 

I think we've all planted something and then later realised it wasn't right. What you've done looks miles better.

20 May, 2019

 

Thank you all, it's interesting to hear of others who have got rid of things that grew out of control too.

20 May, 2019

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