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I have zero gardening knowledge and now have a garden to contend with. There are several examples of the large bush type plants shown below. They are mostly overgrown, at least 4ft in height and seem quite hardy.
I'd like to identify it, to decide whether to cut it back or remove completely.
Thank you.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,773
    Those look like ash tree seedlings ... is there a big ash tree somewhere in the area ... the seeds can travel quite a way in the breeze. 

    Dig them out and get get rid of them ... every one of them ... otherwise you’ll be living in the middle of a forest of these in a few years 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Yes, I believe there are 4 ash trees at the rear of the house. I really am a novice so will post pics below.
    I believe these were planted 10 years ago. When the house was built. It's practically the only things that's grown, other than God awful tufts of grass type stuff. 
    I just didn't realise how altitude and wind can affect plants so badly.
  • Here's the grass problem I have. 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,819
    The trees look like silver birches which are good for wild life and will also help to break up the wind a little bit.  Not sure about the tussocks of grass but they look native to me and you could either try digging them out or continually strim them short so they give up the ghost.  If you can plant a shelter belt of biggish shrubs around your boundary, that would also act as a windbreak to enable other plants to survive, but it would be trade-off between the view (which is stunning) and a shelter belt. Good luck anyway.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Thank you for the advice. I recently spent the day planting willow cuttings around the boundary to support the sparse beach hedging.
     I'm beginning to realise how out of my depth I am. In one way I have a big blank canvas and in another, I'm intimidated by the high winds and altitude.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,773
    That looks like heaven on earth to me 💕 

    Tell us about your garden and your plans and difficulties and I’m sure there’ll be more than one person here with experience of similar conditions who can suggest possible solutions. 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

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