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Wind

31 March 2010 12:51:49
privet hedge on top of cliff

privet hedge on top of cliff

We were woken this morning by the sound of a kindly neighbour ringing the door.

He came to advise us that our garden had blown away!

Well nearly.

The long sheets of plastic membrane on the ditch at the very front of the house were heading to Wicklow.

Worse to follow - about half the newly planted privet hedging plants are lying at jaunty angles at the back. I'm really not sure what to do about that because it would take a hell of a lot of stakes to stake them. I will wait until the wind eases anyway.

It's very hard to see the hedge in this photo - there's a better one in the March album.


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BarbaraAnn BarbaraAnn 31 March 2010 13:02:30

So sorry Rachel. Could I suggest putting three or four stakes and a length of rope between them to hold the privet in place. Would that work.?


Myrtle Myrtle 31 March 2010 13:12:34

Dreadful weather for things that are newly planted, all we can hope is that it wont last for too long.


ShemusC ShemusC 31 March 2010 13:15:39

It's absolutely horrible weather. Sorry to hear about your hedge. It's going to be hard to mind anything outside until this rough spell passes.


Jacinta Jacinta 31 March 2010 13:22:43

Sorry about your hedge. Yea there is no point in getting out there just yet. I think the wind is to be with us all week. They will be fine until then.

Ha ha very funny just picturing your plastic membrane winging its' way to Wicklow. I only hope it doesn't land on the windscreen of some unsuspecting driver!!!!!


spider spider 31 March 2010 13:22:57

If I may suggest planting a post at each end of the hedge and putting a support to it. Run wire between the posts and tie the hedge to the wire. forunately you had no damage to the greenhouse, house or to any of your treasured plants in the greenhouse


Jacinta Jacinta 31 March 2010 13:24:03

Sounds like a good idea, Spider.


Rachel Rachel 31 March 2010 13:30:26

Thanks, guys. It will be okay. I think Barbara's idea of posts and rope is one that I could manage but I will wait. Wouldn't be very capable with the wire myself, Spider, even though it might be a better solution! I've had trees blown over before and usually they make a full recovery when righted, even if let lie for a few weeks : )

Yes, very funny about the membrane. Our neighbour had already collected it all up and put rocks on it before he came to fetch us - very kind and public service oriented really. That will be okay too - just a bit more work.


LindaB LindaB 31 March 2010 15:09:06

Hi Rachel, that is such a pain, wind is so damaging.


PCON PCON 31 March 2010 15:18:02

Not only wind, but very cold. Lots of snow yesterday. I had to bring my tomatoes back from the greenhouse into the boiler house to dodge the cold. Geraniums put out last week had to come back into greenhouse. Everything in reverse. Fortunately, no wind damage so far.


Lìga Lìga 31 March 2010 15:18:22

So sorry to heard it,Rachel.This  wind really did a big damage everywhere,and bad part,,you can't do there anything.Worse like frost.


Rachel Rachel 31 March 2010 16:34:13

Yes, I agree, Liga. Wind is worse than frost. We've just spent about an hour wrestling with sheets of plastic membrane out there - no fun.


fran m fran m 31 March 2010 20:00:57

Some work and they will be fine, good luck.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 01 April 2010 21:53:11

Hope you get the problem sorted it certainly is severe weather again the wind and the freezing sleet and rain has taken it's toal on the garden again.


Rachel Rachel 01 April 2010 21:58:18

Yep, Geraldine, I need to sort out the privet hedge tomorrow. We had some problems. Hubby went to buy rope but it was more that €1 per metre and we needed 60 metres so he said sod that for a game of soldiers!


PCON PCON 02 April 2010 12:21:58

Plastic covered wire is the answer. You will need the heavier guage, from any hardware. Easy to fix to posts with staples, or vine eyes. 60 metres of hedge is quite a lot, though. Quite a job getting them all fixed up. Do it in easy stages.


Rachel Rachel 02 April 2010 14:39:35

Thanks for the tip, PCON. The hedge is only 30 metres long - we just thought we would need double that of rope. I'm thinking, however, that we don't usually get wind from that direction, and maybe I'll just right the hedging and hope for the best.


Rachel Rachel 02 April 2010 14:46:20

Sorry for confusion, PCON, I was logged in as my hubby (cuppa_tea) for the last comment but have now deleted it and reposted as myself : )


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