Monday, 5 November 2018

At last

The big day has arrived!   My boundary hedge, which has grown too wide and infringes on my friend and neighbour's garden so that it is difficult for her to walk up the path into her lovely back garden, is being removed by D, my gardener.

He arrived this morning with his petrol-driven chain saw and is, at present, making a huge pile which will remain on my patio until his friend with a big trailer comes to take it away.   This is my last big job before winter sets in and it will be a good job done.   The gardener is making a fence to put in its place and it is a fence to match that which he has already made along the front border.
Sorry it is a rotten photo but I took it from the computer looking through the window.   Too lazy to go outside on what is a miserable morning.

16 comments:

Eleanor said...

Weaver, you seem to have found a rare diamond in your gardener! I'm lucky I still have my husband to do such jobs, but I know, from speaking to friends who are widowed, that it's not easy finding such reliable help in my area. Men promise to do a job, agree a price, and they don't return.

liparifam said...

Yes! Can he cross the ocean and come to my house, LOL?? I'll pay travel expenses :) I have a row of hedges on the side of my house that need removing; I guess I will tackle it myself at some point :(

Librarian said...

The picture is good - it shows us your view from your computer corner, now we can imagine what you see when you sit there typing your blog posts and commenting on our blogs.
It must be such a relief to know the big jobs (front room decorating and now the hedge) are done before winter well and truly arrives.

Derek Faulkner said...

Never nice to see hedges removed, they are so important for wildlife, but sometimes there's little alternative.
Beautiful mild and sunny day here on Sheppey.

Sue in Suffolk said...

I bet it has let in a lot of light. You will be all tidied up before winter sets in.

Rambler said...

I have also had a hedge removed - it was 8 feet high and had grown since the Sixties to be 6 feet in width and encroaching on to the pavement. It didn't support any wildlife, being a series of conifers and dead inside. Just 2" of greenery on the ends of the branches, so it couldn't be trimmed any more without exposing the dead, brown centre. Such a huge difference it has made - daylight and sunshine can now enter through my front picture window and the front lawn is now bigger and with less moss. I aim to plant some pretty shrubs and flowers alongside the low fence that is there. I think you will appreciate the extra light, too.

anonymous said...

Your neighbor will now be able to safely walk on her path, how good of you to have it removed ,you are so considerate! There are plenty of other plants for wildlife nearby, now they and humans can better share and enjoy the lovely environment around your home.-Mary

galant said...

What a gem of a workman you have there, also your painter/decorator. Having good workmen when we are too old or haven't the know-how to do these jobs ourselves, is essential. For the first time this year we engaged the services of a painter to paint our boundary wall, inside and out, and he made a wonderful job of it, and such a clean and tidy workman, too. Today, I have my oven professionally cleaned (I have this done twice a year, I manage it myself between times) and boy, is it sparkling, well worth the money. Once you get the fence up, it will transform your garden (and your neighbour's garden), well worth the effort.
Margaret P

Jacqui said...

Hedges are a mixed blessing, I think: great for providing privacy and shelter, but hard masters when it comes to maintenance. The privet hedge along one boundary of my house demands a haircut every year - and it's not cheap! I've tried out a different person to cut it each of the four years I've lived here. It's amazing what nature you can find living in the hedge too! I hope the cutting goes well.

angryparsnip said...

What a huge job that is but so nice to get it done.

cheers, parsnip and badger

The Weaver of Grass said...

Absolutely right about my gardener. He is perfect. I have also found a good decorator and a good handyman. The plumber called today about my bathroom which is another waiting job and he is good too. We are lucky round here with tradesmen. I am always of the opinion that one should use a professional trained for the job.

Heather said...

You and your neighbour will be so pleased when the new fence is put up. It will make such a difference to both gardens.
It is a comfort to find good tradesmen and not always easy to find them. I usually opt for personal recommendations and have been very lucky so far.

wherethejourneytakesme said...

You need a lot of room for conifers to spread - our neighbours hedge at the bottom of our garden has taken a good four feet off us and I can no longer grow any flowers there - the soil is too dry. A fence is much better to keep as it doesn't keep on growing and you can grow some nice plants against it.

From A Worcestershire Hill said...

I also have a conifer boundary hedge which was planted by the previous owner of my property actually in her garden. I am responsible for the boundary and would like to remove the hedge and erect a fence. My neighbour does not want the hedge removed so I am considering what to do, go ahead and remove the hedge and replace with a fence and upset the neighbour or cut right back to the trunk on my side which is not ideal and rather ugly as the conifer will not regenerate from the old wood. Did you have the stumps drilled out, Pat, to enable the fence posts to be erected?

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