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richwebb40richwebb40 Posts: 15
edited May 2018 in Problem solving


Does anyone have any ideas about how to go about tidying this up? I was planning to strip away the lower leaves to leave a more tree like shape, but i would welcome any other suggestions.


  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,953
    Wow.. what a monster.. I think you need to add eyes.   :)

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    No idea about pruning.. hopefully someone more helpful will come along soon.  
    Utah, USA.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,175
    Do you like it?  It's a bit of a monster and those spikes are very, very sharp. You might need to wear eye protection when pruning - and keep any children well away. The only thing you can do is to pull or cut out any dead brown leaves from the bottom to tidy it up, but personally I'd get rid of it and plant something nicer. 
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051
    To each his own and all that, but I hate them. 
    They very rarely have a nice shape to them IMHO. 
    "The Beast" has dealt a deathly blow to many of them around here.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Do you like it? If not I would dispose of it. If you do, then you need to pull away the dead leaves at the bottom but it will look cumbersome.
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,139
    Cull it and plant something attractive and less dangerous to passing eyes and skin.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    They are pretty lethal. My next door neighbour has lots to deter robbers, but it's him that ends up most injured. And the binmen.
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