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  1. Hi Arbtalk, I've been away for a while, but keep lurking in the shadows to keep an eye on you lot... I've run into a massive cluster**** of life-affecting issues (shan't bore you with all the details but in short: Mother in-law seriously ill in Australia so my lady is there. Daughter seriously ill in Lincs, having major arguments with their mum and not getting anywhere towards health. Lost my job in Oxford a few days after having to spend all my money on replacing my broken car so I could do that job. Few other things) So now I'm looking for a job. But with daughter being in and out of hospital at short notice etc, I don't really want a "proper" job as I want to be able to down tools at no notice and jump in the car. So I was hoping for some hedgelaying! I figured with all the weather we've had this winter there must be some hedges out there that were inaccessible, got delayed etc? I'm an experienced hedge layer, have been professionally laying hedges for about 15 years. Fully tooled up, keen as mustard! I'd consider anywhere within a 75 mile radius of Grantham, am fully mobile (I live in a large truck) So, anyone need help, or to offload a job they won't have time for before the season ends?
  2. Tessa Stone

    Stoney Orchard

    There is a double gate to get in code 1406 Please leave along side bank in front of car-parking area Close gates on completion and close padlock
  3. Need some advice on some old and well established but close to causing issues hedges. Long and complicated story but I was asked by my mum to cut some hedges and have been doing so for a couple of years. They were once well tended but were allowed to get out of hand and are being kept under control just about now. problem is they are now 5’ deep and keep spreading I’m thinking he answer is to cut them back 12” -18” plus and let them regrow as now going any deeper is too thick for a hedge cutter, would a chainsaw be the answer? The far end it the worst the side you see is a veg patch beyond is a paddock and he paddock side in parts it’s so deep even a long reach hedge cutter from both sides struggles my thinking is to cut the paddock side right back? Also run a chain saw across the top to level it off and bring it down to shoulder height. Out of shot to the left is a beech hedge again now 5’ deep in parts as it was left in trimmmed for a number of years and has put on thick tough growth. This is now blocking he path and while neat it is too big.
  4. Hi, I'm currently laying a hedge at the end of my garden. When my dad planted it he wasn't really thinking ahead, and so it's very close to a fence (less than half a foot away), and then a year or so later he trimmed it only a few inches above ground level, so a lot of the plants have two branches starting just above the ground. Anyway, there are gaps in it both where some plants outgrew others, blackthorn died, where he cut out the birch trees, and where I'm cutting out some large field maples. (Oh, and also a few where I had, uh... 'learning experiences') I'd like to plant some saplings both in these gaps and along some of the other parts of the hedge, and I just wanted to see if anyone has any suggestions on what species would be best. Currently the hedge contains: Hawthorn Hazel Blackthorn Dog rose (in small amounts) Beech Field maple (A lot of which I'm having to coppice because of size) One spindle tree which I will not be laying One Rowan ash which I will also not be laying Holly (Which I'm cutting out) Guelder rose I think I've got everything in there... The hedge is in Kent, so I don't know whether that might affect which native species would be best. It also borders a field with horses in, who are so far enjoying pulling apart my work. One last question; How should I plant the saplings? Where there are gaps, I assume planting them about a foot away from the fence in a zig-zag pattern is best? As for where I've already laid the hedge, should I attempt to shove them inside the hedge, or would it be better to stick them in the edge, away from the fence? I'd appreciate any tips on this, and I can provide photos if necessary. Thanks.
  5. Hi, --- has anyone much experience with reducing overgrown Beech hedges, and what I could do with this one? - It had been kept at about 6' and the young couple now looking after it would like it back if possible. Most books say – cut top first year, one side the following year and t'other the next, preferably with a good feed and mulch the year before you start. I'm not so sure - I did a well kept but gotten too wide Beech three years ago – cut back one side maybe 15” - and its only now really filling in. And the trouble with this very overgrown one is that there's little growth on the back side as it faces a dark conifer wood Sorry about poor pictures – The Beech is over 20 foot. Second pic is taken from behind.

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