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Clearing old heathers

Hi all, and greetings from Argyll, Scotland! We’ve just moved into a1920s villa with a lovely big garden, one area has had a lot of heathers growing on it, I’ve removed the plants, but the ground itself is covered in a sort of heather moss! I’d like to renovate the bank with the aim of putting lupins in it. Does anyone have any good ideas for removing the thick mossy heathery undergrowth? I wondered about rotovating it but I think it’s too thick. I also wondered about burning it back like the farmers do on heather hillsides....hmmmm...thanks in advance, John
A man on a croft.....

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,135
    I don’t know what Heather Moss is, but it’s sounds like the place may be in the shade, that’s where my mossy bits are.
    lupins like sun, so not sure if they’ll grow there. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • John MacJohn Mac Posts: 32
    this is a south west facing bank, seems to have had heathers in it for years and years and they've left a kind of mat of moss all woven into the soil....it gets a lot of sun...
    A man on a croft.....
  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,928
    Hmm.. can you post some pictures?  Is it moss or just years worth of heather leaves?
    Utah, USA.
  • John MacJohn Mac Posts: 32
    here it is!....
    A man on a croft.....
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