Thursday, 7 June 2018

Cutting up and cutting down

A busy day, we didn't mean to go outside and work hard all day but sometimes, that's what happens!

Management has been cutting up some of the sheets of weld-mesh for me.  Last year we man/woman-handled an entire 8' x 12' sheet into the net-house to support the runner beans (which were completely eaten by slugs) and it was an absolute pain.  So he set to and cut down the panels into manageable size which I can lift on my own.





Whilst we had cutting gear available he also cut down a couple of sheets into even smaller panels which are going to be really useful for peas and lots of other things.  With a couple of cable ties they can make little tent structures that will be quite stable, or I could use them singly propped up with a couple of stakes.





After a morning of cutting things up, we had an afternoon of cutting things down.  This holly in the Coppice was in a dreadful state; hard to photograph but for the past 2 or 3 years has constantly been shedding leaves and generally looking very unhappy.  We didn't plant it, but left it during the refurbishment with the attitude "if it survives, great - if it doesn't, shrugs shoulders".  Out came the pole pruner and an hour or so later we had a massive pile to be shredded.





When we next have the chainsaw out the rest of the trunks can come down.



Whilst the tools were out (there's a theme here!) we also trimmed a broken silver birch branch that had been damaged over winter, and made the snap decision to remove another holly which had been left in place "to see what happened".  Next to the greenhouse it wasn't doing anything particularly useful but like the Coppice tree it was unhappy and constantly shedding leaves all over the place.  It is gone!  I'm not going to disturb this little bed by digging out the root, if it re-sprouts I might let it grow, might not, but that decision does not have to be made any time soon.













6 comments:

  1. Lots of hard work, but once done, the feel good factor kicks in.

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    1. Thanks Marlene - still waiting for that feeling, ha ha :-)

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  2. Busy once again, but I've never realised over the years I've been visiting your blog, that you've a lovely stone wall behind that path. How wonderful! I do like the mesh supports & could do with something like that next summer. Might have somebody looking out for some, then cutting up too. Thanks for the idea. Have a great weekend & take care. It's Queens Birthday long weekend here & we'll see DD & family, so that will be fun, as we've all been so busy.

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    1. Thanks Susan. The wall is lovely and very old, I am slowly managing to get small ferns growing on it.

      The weld mesh is likely to be available from any builders' merchant and fairly cheap. Cutting is easy (so M. tells me), just need an angle grinder with the right cutting wheel, I'm sure that is something K. could manage.

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  3. You both work so hard on your garden. I agree with Susan it's nice to see the old stone wall and I imagine you'll enjoy that area more now.

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    1. Thank you Eileen. I will enjoy it more without the constant carpet of holly leaves on the path!

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