Friday, 9 April 2010

Digging

Very slow going, the ground is absolutely full of ivy root but I keep telling myself that it only has to be done once if I do it properly ....

but a whole afternoon to clear about a metre is less progress than I would prefer to make. On the positive side, there are very few other weeds and the ground is currently in great condition for digging.



Am thinking of a quick slit trench at the front of the larch slab edging, filled with a long piece of the same damp-course membrane as I used inside the raised beds it might slow down the remaining ivy root which is bound to want to grow right back where I've just removed it from.

9 comments:

  1. At least it isn't infested with dreaded ground elder. Not sure that DPC membrane will provide much resistance to a determined ivy root. What about some corrugated metal shuttering pushed down instead? You could Hammerite it to give it a longer life (of maybe find some that's galvanised).

    The 1 metre a day progress will soon be forgotten once it's bursting with colour (and nectar).

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  2. S'OK James - we've got ground elder as well - just not in this bed (probably one of the only places the damn stuff isn't rampant).

    Metal shuttering would work, but I already have rolls of DPC in the garage ...

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  3. Membrane is a good idea. However, once the ground's been sorted, any new ivy growth will just pull out once a year (and you can use the long strands for weaving a basket!)

    And, darn it, my chickens don't like ground elder!

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  4. Thanks Flummery, eventually the whole bed will be "dealt with" and that should sort 99% of the ivy.

    As for the Rock Chicks - what do you mean "don't like ground elder" . . . they're chickens aren't they? I reckon you've spoilt them with all the good stuff so they think normal weeds are beneath them.

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  5. The people before us put in some ivy and I've not forgiven them as I have to keep pulling it up year after year as it is so invasive.

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  6. I like the idea of a barrier to stop roots coming right back at you - but I'm not sure how deep it would have to go down to be effective. As you say, dug & weeded properly once and it should be an easy(ish!) job to keep from being overrun in the future.

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  7. Don't get me wrong - I actually like ivy. Management and I have used it in previous gardens to climb up walls and once it's a few years old blackbirds love to nest in it. This stuff, however, is busy trying for world domination in the ground cover department.

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  8. There is something about this lovely bright, Spring weather that makes you go out and do heavy work!! Very satisfying.. I have emptied my compost heaps and dug my runner bean trench!

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  9. Thanks Matron, you're right. Compost heap here also needs attention!

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