The garden is quite large, by modern (mid-70′s build) garden standards, about 60 beech hedges across, (placed roughly 15 inches apart.) And this year I decided that the hedge had become too tall, and in order to reduce the height I had to lop or saw through large stems with which the electric hedge trimmer couldn’t cope, at all. It was hard work, but I’m glad I’ve done it, as I can see out beyond our garden into the fields again. I planted this hedge about 12 years ago and now I want to maintain it at a certain height: to allow me to be able to trim it without the use of ladders.
In addition to that hedge we have at least double that again of more beech hedging, if I take into account the stretch on the boundary of the front garden. In fact much of that length of hedge isn’t mine, but a neighbour’s, but I have always trimmed our side of it, keeping it tight to the fence it hides… and they don’t do their side until later in the year. As the hedge is a good 6 feet deep, I can’t reach the whole way across, and always end up with a straggly bit for a few weeks. It is also tall – I have to stand on the top rung of the ladder in order to be able to reach the top.
Then there’s the yew, surrounding the vegetable plot, which I planted about 17 – 18 years ago, and the box hedging, the pyrocanthus and various other bushes in need of a trim. So, intermittently, I have been busy, my time divided up with other responsibilities, rain, short episodes of laziness and intensive periods of trimming.
Since my last trip to the tip I have filled 2 megabags, 2 green wheelie bins and all my garden tip bags and now have no-where else to keep the trimmings, so I think I need another trip to the tip before I cut any more. Everything has grown so much this year!
This is just some of it.
Unfortunately I can’t get the megabags in the boot.