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  • SpewySpewy Posts: 23

    Okay, here we go first picture -


     I have a few of these at the side of the house. I need some of the space for a small shed. Is it safe to just dig up and move them back a few feet?

    Other concern is how big will they grow and will the roots start to disturb the foundations of the house?

    I have lots more taken, I will post one at a time to avoid confusion. I will take notes as/when you guys respond.

    Below is a picture from the back windo so you get a feel for the layout etc.


     This one was taken a year ago so everything has grown since then. I would be happy to keep it neat and tidy like this pic, just now it looks too over crowded due to the growth.

    Thanks again all image

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,811

    Sorry but I can't see the first picture and teh second is too small to get a clear idea.  Could you try again?

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    I hope it has grown bigger Spewy- it looks Lilliput in that picture

    Another one perhaps- and I think the green plant is laurel

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,936

    That is laurel, looks like last owner had thought to plant a laurel hedge. It can be pruned easily with secateurs, not a hedge cutter, but if not pruned it will grow very big and bushy. They are pretty tough and it's still early enough to move them, but don't move them any nearer the fence - they'll end up pushing it over!. The roots shouldn't damage the house. They are often used for fencing houses when you want total privacy.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • I'm going for Laurel too, as Lizzie says they can get REALLY big, ours at the back are as tall as the house but the ones at the front are trimmed into a lovely hedge, but they where planted up when the house was built 30 yrs ago, I used to walk past on the way to school when they were being built and remember them going up!

    There's always loads of wild life in there, birds etc, but the back ones need to be tamed a bit, we've decided to leave them this year so the birds have a bit of shelter while other parts of the garden are being disturbed!

    If you keep on top of it it will screen the fence really well.....

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,340
    We all agree on the laurel, good true info there.

    The layout is lovely, will you keep it like that?
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    So that's one down, how many to go?
  • SpewySpewy Posts: 23

    Okay, so they are easily trimmed, do i just cut the branches back? or do i cut all the branches down to the ground? If i keep them trimmed will they stay short and skinny or tall and skinny?

    ( i did say i was a total novice)


    Lots more to go, here is number 2 -


     On the layout pic, I will get a bigger one tomorrow and repost. I think i will leave the layout this year and see how we get on with it.

  • pashpash Posts: 109

    Hi, I think that's a skimmia, if it is, i think it maybe a little poorly, sorry

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