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Gervase



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:25 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
So if I had the sides trimmed but left the top would that be a good start to getting it ready for laying?

A lot better than flailing it, certainly.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gervase wrote:
tahir wrote:
So if I had the sides trimmed but left the top would that be a good start to getting it ready for laying?

A lot better than flailing it, certainly.


Will speak to him, guarantee he's not going to like it though.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just to jump on the band wagon, the hedgerow which borders our stream is now just a line of tall trees it's been that neglected.

I was thinking of cutting the trees for wood and starting again, but do people think it's just best to leave it?

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
Just to jump on the band wagon, the hedgerow which borders our stream is now just a line of tall trees it's been that neglected.

I was thinking of cutting the trees for wood and starting again, but do people think it's just best to leave it?


Take a picture and start a poll.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
I was thinking of cutting the trees for wood and starting again, but do people think it's just best to leave it?


Selectively coppice? Should do fine

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Northern_Lad wrote:
Jonnyboy wrote:
Just to jump on the band wagon, the hedgerow which borders our stream is now just a line of tall trees it's been that neglected.

I was thinking of cutting the trees for wood and starting again, but do people think it's just best to leave it?


Take a picture and start a poll.


Can't be arsed with a poll, this is the only pic I have in work, but the bit on the left gives you an idea. The tress are about 40ft(?) high in places

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Reckon I'd coppice it over 2 or 3 years, should do fine.

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Whoa mama! Yeah, Tahir's idea sounds like a good one if you're not fussed about a solid hedge.

Or you could move trees wholesale one by one and burn them on your fire, replacing them with something pretty.

judith



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
Can't be arsed with a poll, this is the only pic I have in work, but the bit on the left gives you an idea. The tress are about 40ft(?) high in places


Lay the shorter ones and raise the canopy of the larger ones out of the way of the hedge. That's what they did in a field near me - it looks great.

bernie-woman



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Jonnyboy wrote:
Can't be arsed with a poll, this is the only pic I have in work, but the bit on the left gives you an idea. The tress are about 40ft(?) high in places


Lay the shorter ones and raise the canopy of the larger ones out of the way of the hedge. That's what they did in a field near me - it looks great.


That is what we have had done down in the nature reserve - it was done about two years ago and the hedge bit is much better now - as Judith says - looks great too

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Jonnyboy wrote:
Can't be arsed with a poll, this is the only pic I have in work, but the bit on the left gives you an idea. The tress are about 40ft(?) high in places


Lay the shorter ones and raise the canopy of the larger ones out of the way of the hedge. That's what they did in a field near me - it looks great.


Oh, that does sound good, and look good. Takes a bit more work but it's worth it if you've got specimin trees.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Lay the shorter ones and raise the canopy of the larger ones out of the way of the hedge. That's what they did in a field near me - it looks great.


Sounds good, hard graft though

Rob R



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We lopped it off by the ground & left the best of the established trees, which was best for something difficult to lay like Blackthorn, but the Hawthorn with some nice straight stems is getting laid this winter- did a short section near the gate to try it & it's worked well.

judith



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Sounds good, hard graft though


Mmm. These were pros laying the hedge and it was slow progress. It does look very smart though.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 06 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
We lopped it off by the ground & left the best of the established trees


That sounds the best and easiest way of doing it.

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