Removal of hedge for veg...?

good morning. 

im hoping for a bit of direction please. Wevecrecentky bought a family home which we intend to never move from! (Considering the stress it took to buy and we love it!)

it has a really big garden garden which was a selling point as we have two young children. It's very well stocked but mainly evergreens and not much colour/flowering stuff. Although we've not seen a summer here yet. 

There is a workd of options to us and id really value some general suggestions however my main q is this:

how easy is it and how would we best remove this hedge and put in raised border veg patches and a henhouse. I'm guessing the hedge may take some shifting?! It's taking up a good meter at the side which is wasted to me Considering we have loads of shrubs etc  

Long term I'm also keen for suggestions what to do with a drained stone pond/fountain, a secret garden and a fenced off area under a conker tree ( it's a big garden!) 

 but the pressing issue is my veg patch! I've attached a pic. It's the bright green oblong but I'm referring to. 

Thanks in advsnce. 

Laura image

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  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    For something of that size I would be inclined to see what a reputable gardener would charge to cut it down: it might actually prove to be much less than you think and when you factor in the size of a skip (not to mention the back ache digging out the roots unless you want a raised vegetable patch which will reduce the amount of roots you need to dig out slightly) you'd need to hire get rid of that.

    I only write this because we struggled cutting down some hedges, every other week for months the green bin is filled in the hope that eventually there would be nothing less to cut (FOR MONTHS). Then a neighbour told me that their gardener friend only charged £100 to cut down and dispose a huge mess of overgrown bushes giving them the instant effect they longed for (and the garden ready in time for summer!)

    Good luck with your adventures!

  • Clarington says:

    For something of that size I would be inclined to see what a reputable gardener would charge to cut it down: it might actually prove to be much less than you think and when you factor in the size of a skip (not to mention the back ache digging out the roots unless you want a raised vegetable patch which will reduce the amount of roots you need to dig out slightly) you'd need to hire get rid of that.

    I only write this because we struggled cutting down some hedges, every other week for months the green bin is filled in the hope that eventually there would be nothing less to cut (FOR MONTHS). Then a neighbour told me that their gardener friend only charged £100 to cut down and dispose a huge mess of overgrown bushes giving them the instant effect they longed for (and the garden ready in time for summer!)

    Good luck with your adventures!

    See original post

     Thanks very much indeed - probably makes sense!had romantic visions of me and the kids doing it in a weekend...?

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,879

    unless you have a chainsaw to hand its going to take a professional to take out the laurel hedge, I've just taken my brother in laws laurel hedge (was only two plants, but was 10 feet long!) down and it appeared to double in size once I'd piled it up!

    now i'm having to battle with the roots, considering to have a small bonfire on top as digging them out is a major difficulty!

  • Thanks treehugger! Not a sat afternoon project for me an the kids then..? Good luck with the roots. 

  • Ps thanks for identifying it for me too!

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