• Hedge laying for beginner

    It wasn't until I had a closer look at one of our hedges the other day that I realised that there was more ivy than hedge tree in it and so, bearing in mind it was hardly a long enough stretch to bother about a pro., the novice hedge layer AM decided to have a bit of a shot at it. Cleared the gap as well as possible - tons of ivy and a couple of dead elders - the gap opened up even more. Carefully semi-severed some hawthorn and field maple either side of the gap, making sure I left a live heel on each one. Found three stakes to weave the stems around and pushed them down as hard and far as I could. Then planted a couple of little hollies, a hawthorn and a couple of wild plums along the gap (hope they will all take). Finished off with a bit of chicken wire on the inside to stop Scottie Flossie from squeezing through. Fingers crossed & let's see what the spring brings.

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