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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal

TheH (Hazel)'s Journal

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26 September 2017 23:45:53

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Today I decided to tackle the ailing part of my Willow Hedge. First off I had to remove the dead bits - and there were quite a few of these! Since the rest of the hedge is growing at a phenomenal rate it was no problem to find suitable branches to re-make that part of the hedge. As I stripped out the dead bits I became aware that the extreme weight of the new growth this year on the top of the hedge was causing the whole hedge to sway in the strong breese of the day.

I had to decide what was best for the whole hedge so a combination of  using some of these new growths to strengthen the top of the hedge and cutting back the rest of the hedge. So I now have a veritable mountain of trimmings to shred or cut up for kindling!

But the hedge looks much better but I will have to make sure to water the new bits every day. This is not the usual time of year for planting this kiind of willow hedge but it is generally a good time for taking cuttings so on balance i felt it was better to take the chance of doing it at this time of year so I could strengthen the whole thing against our usual winter gales!

I may have to adopt a new strategy where this older hedge is concerned. The top growth is way beyond what the lower structure can support - some of the branches have put on over 3 metres in the single year and since many of the branches are also very thick and strong!

Only Time will tell if I have been over-optimistic! 


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 September 2017 05:53:41

Sounds like a lot of hard work, Hazel. But only you can work your magic on it. I'm sure it'll look just as stunning in future years. Maybe now is the time for us all to sign up for your Basket Weaving Course!   :)    


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 27 September 2017 09:24:02

The whole structure should look beautiful during the winter with that trimming. 


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 27 September 2017 15:09:36

Ha ha Jacinta - if only I could weave baskets! I could supply the nation with them with all the willow I have :-)

Mary - that's my thinking too. Now I just need it to stop raining so I can trim the other fences  - well, except for the one down by the vegetable garden - it has the red stems and looks stunning all winter once the leaves come off!


DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 27 September 2017 23:50:07

Hazel I save the longer willow whips and use them in the veg garden the following year as bean and Pea supports . 


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 27 September 2017 23:59:01

Hmm! Some of my "whips" this year were over 12 feet long! I.m afraid I don't grow any veg that height LOL! Also they would probably grow with my luck! I generally end up cutting them up for use as kindling the following year - or the smaller bits are shredded and used as path mulch.


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