Monday, 14 March 2011

Privet Hedge

The Privet hedge that divides the orchard has been slowly dying due to Honey Fungus. Unfortunately, Privet is very susceptible to this fungus, so the decision has been made to dig it out and replace with the more resistant Yew, Taxus baccata . The tarmac path is also being widened so it seemed appropriate to remove the hedge at the same time.

The top of the hedge is cut off using a chain saw and chipped immediately. The tractor with the grap attachment is then brought in to rip out all the Privet root balls.

Once the hedge roots have been ripped out, the area is then forked through removing all the remaining debris. All the chipped material, root balls and debris is taken away to be burned and, over the coming weeks, we will dig in organic matter in preparation for our new Yew hedge.

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