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  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,129


    Removing the stumps may be difficult ; cut them as low as possible to the ground and maybe drill and poison them so they rot away quietly ! image

    Good luck and don't work too hard !!

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024

    Careful! Poison the stumps = poison the soil.image

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,129

    Another method is to physically chop the Buddleia stump to pieces rather than poison *. The Juniper , along with most conifers , lacks epicormic buds and cannot regenerate from the base . This will fade away in time .

    * Break as much off as you can manage ; it will certainly 'slow it down a bit' ; image

  • Well, that was hard work! My arms will certainly be sore tomorrow from all the sawing and clearing up today! image

    I cut them both as low to the ground as I could, but they both have a sizable stump left about 6 inches from the ground. After the hard work today, I love the idea of them now quietly going away (poison!) but it would probably be best for me to try another method. It is such an awkward spot with the stumps right next to the raised part of the beds. I'll try to have another go at it tomorrow and try to actually chop up the stumps themselves. 

    Has anyone tried the burning method? I was reading about it online tonight. 

  • I should say, the wind is absolutely howling outside tonight and my light hasn't gone off once! I hope my new neighbours are appreciating the darkness! image

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,129


    Pleased you got your job done !

    We havn't got the strong winds here yet (E.Lincs) ; work as a professional gardener outdoors throughout the year . Sounds like a rough one tomorrow image !

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Well done....I didn't realise your Buddleias were that mature. Considering I had casually advised you to move them! I think you made the right decision. It's never easy to remove something mature, but as Paul B3 states, they are quite available. Do a search for stump grinder with Gardeners' World, and there are plenty of previous posts with useful advice on this forum with others that have gone through the same thing. Not sure about burning so close to your porperty though.

  • Thank you Paul B3 and good luck today! It's still pretty gusty here and I had a bit of wind damage overnight. Looks like it should settle by this afternoon though.

  • Thank you Borderline! The more I looked at it, I realised I could never dig it out. It's been left there, forgotten, for quite a while and I can't even pull off the pot that's around it, so hopefully I can get that out when I start chopping up the stumps. I'll have a look at stump grinders today and some of the other posts. I took about 50 or so cuttings off that buddleia. I haven't done that before and no idea if I've done it correctly, but hopefully at least 1 or 2 will 'take' and I'll have a new plant. From what I've been reading, buddleias are pretty resilient so hopefully they propagate well!

    I bought a Thuja Occidentalis 'Smaragd' to replace the juniper (in another location further away from the house) and now I'm looking at buddleias. So much choice!! image 

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