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What's this?

And how do I thin it? It's taking over the bed. 

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,167

    Its a phormium. (New Zealand flax)

    You can dig it up and split it. It may split your spade first though. They are tough buggers.  Thats why the council use them in landscaping a lot.  Pretty much vandal proof.  Wear gloves while handling the leaves, they are pretty tough and will cut  delicate skin.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • When is the best time to prune it?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,167

    I remove dead leaves in the Spring, as part of the tidy up after winter.  You dont prune it as such, if you cut a leaf it will not regrow. If it flowers you can cut the flower stalk down after flowering.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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