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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Slate Barrier

04 May 2010 15:37:49
Slate Barrier

Slate Barrier

I call that a good deal.

I went off to get chicken wire and stakes to make a larger chicken run and hubby set about sorting out my Rosa rugosa.

He has dug a trench at the back of the border and is sinking some roof slates we had knocking around in to the trench. He couldn't dig down far enough to bury all the slate but, by the time I plant the border, you won't seed those few inches of slate along the back.

It's so good to get this sorted - hopefully for once and for all.

I fancy some of my Delphinium seedlings along the back of that border there!


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Pat Pat 04 May 2010 15:51:47

That will look nice with Delphiniums.


LNolan LNolan 04 May 2010 15:54:25

You're finally getting there Rachel and a good way to use up the slates too.


Krista Krista 04 May 2010 17:10:13

It gave you some trouble that Rosa rugosa. Certainly I wouldn't like to go to that effort. Maybe I could line the hole if I decide to put it in the border. Did you grow your delphinium from seed Rachel? How is it doing for you? Would you take a pic of them if not too difficult. Thanks. I fancy some myself for next year.


Myrtle Myrtle 04 May 2010 17:48:09

Hope that solves the problem for you. The roses look so big and healthy! No wonder they are spreading their roots!


HeadGardener HeadGardener 04 May 2010 18:29:07

Its a good plan Rachel as slate is used to control bamboo too but with bamboo you have to bury the slate long end up (or portrait if you know what I mean) and then you need a lot more.


fran m fran m 04 May 2010 20:09:15

Hard job, but well done, will work great.


rosburke rosburke 04 May 2010 21:31:33

looks great, lovely edging.


Mairin Mairin 04 May 2010 23:39:19

Delphiniums will look lovely there especially with Rosa rugosa in flower behind them.


Lìga Lìga 05 May 2010 08:39:01

Yae,i too think delfiniums will be good there,or some digitalis ...


Rachel Rachel 05 May 2010 21:29:29

Thanks, folks. The hedge is a good height so I am reluctant to dig it up. I have so many areas in my garden that are full of immature shrubs that it doesn't seem to make sense to dig up the one mature hedge I have.

It was bad enough getting the slates in landscape, Bill. It would have been a major nightmare to sink them landscape. I do hope the roots don't manage to get under.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 05 May 2010 23:07:20

Hope it solves your problem, I put in a barrier to try and curtail the spread of the Lysimachia in the east border hope it works although I think I'm going to spot spray any shoots with weedkiller if it appears but that's a bit drastic. Your Rosa rugosa looks really healthy and will provide quite a lot of shelter to plants in the border.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 06 May 2010 00:44:49

Keep me posted on any adverturous roots Rachel :-)


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