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large redundant area behind garden fence and boundary wall

I am new to all of this and don't really know the first thing about gardening.

We had our garden done last year but because of the set up of the garden we couldn't put a fence right up at the boundary wall as we are high up. So we have a large area which is redundant from the boundary to our fence. We did have some Leylandii planted here but you can't see them now for the weeds. We can't see it, but it is right in front of the neighbours and it is really unsightly. 

I have had some people come out and give me quotes to remove the weeds but each of them have said that there isn't really anything that can be done to stop it. One said its because it has been left which is fair enough and they advised that i have it looked at about 4 times per year. The other said could put a membrane down but even then the weeds would just come out the side and the other said that there was nothing.

Surely there must be something that we can do? I am really, really hoping that there is. I am open to any ideas and suggestions!

Last edited: 11 July 2017 10:35:54


  • Cathy,

    It might help if you could post some photos of the area and then others here might be able to give you some tips.

    What I would say is you definitely need to dig out the Leylandii.  They are an absolute nightmare.  My neighbour planted some about 15 years ago and let them grow to about 10 feet high then moved and the new owners did nothing about them (despite my polite requests) and now they are about 25-30 feet tall and they can't afford to have them felled.  The result is that three households now have rear gardens in permanent shade!!!!!

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699

    Unfortuanately I can't see the pictures. There is some kind of issue with that facility at the moment. How wide is this gap? Is it part of your garden? Why did you plant Leylandii? Is it simply to screen off being overlooked? Are you looking for a solution to keep weeds down? The contractors are partly right. If you don't upkeep that area, all the weeds will return. Also, weather, birds, animals and wind bring in weeds too. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    there are always things can be done. but the nature of plants and gardening means that they are not done finally and forever. It's an ongoing thing. If leylandii can be planted, something more suitable could be planted. You and your neighbours will soon regret those monster trees. Whatever is planted will need to be weeded until it covers the ground.

    Slightly puzzled why the fence if you have a boundary wall, cut off areas are always more difficult to deal with

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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