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Will conifers ruin my new rose bed?

My next door neighbor has filled his garden with leylandii trees, which are at least 8ft in height. We both have medium size gardens. He has made a sort of maze out of them, so he has loads in a very confined space just the other side of my fence. Issue is, is that the only place I can put in a rose bed is against my side of the fence, meaning the roses will be less than 10ft away from all of his leylandii tress; as this spot gets the most sun.  The soil type is heavy clay, but the garden already feels hard underfoot despite the unusually wet spring we have had... so usually, I would need to apply a really good drainage system, but considering his roots have probably sucked all the gardens dry for at least another 2 houses down, should I even bother digging it? PLEASE HELP


  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 2,507
    What a lovely neighbour 😨
    Will your rose bed still be in the sun when his trees grow, bearing in mind they can reach 80ft.
    You are fully entitled to chop off any roots your side.
    Maybe building a raised bed for your roses would help or choosing varieties which cope with less sun might mean you can site them somewhere else.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    Has he only just planted them?  And they’re quite large? And his garden is clay? 

    With any luck he’ll never be able to keep up with the watering and they’ll all die. 

    Pray for another hot dry summer ☀️ 🏖  😉 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • ClareElisabethClareElisabeth Posts: 3
    edited April 2020
    Thanks both :-)

    No, they are long established trees. Ive not lived in the house long. The site gets very good sun :)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    Then I think I’d go for a raised bed ... but first I would dig down along the edge cutting through any tree roots and inserting a tree root barrier membrane so that any new roots can’t invade your rose bed. 

    Something like the stuff on here

    Good luck 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    Does he keep them at the 2 metre height? That's the limit for a hedge, so I wonder if what he has constitutes a hedge?
    In any case, apart from offering my sympathy, I'd go with the physical barrier method, and a low, raised bed if you can get the materials etc just now. Plenty of well rotted manure will also help with moisture retention for the roses too.
    If it's the only place you can site them, perhaps a simple irrigation system too, to make watering easier, especially when you're getting your plants established. A mulch too, again - if you're able to get something  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,223
    I grow roses very successfully in half barrels so that may be an option. How horrible to have conifers so close to your garden I sympathise 
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