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Dawn



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:21 pm    Post subject: Elder Tree Reply with quote

We have got a lovely old Hawthorn hedge, which is mixed with Dog Rose, Holly, Clematis and Honeysuckle, all of which get along very nicely together and we have lots of bird and insect life in it.

But we now have two Elder trees growing in the middle, which we have left for a couple of years as they are supposed to be good for wildlife, but they have got so big that they are taking over the hawthorn and overpowering it, and we have now got two huge gaps where the Elder stems are, which have killed off the hawthorn.

We don't want to lose the hawthorn and end up with a row of Elders instead, so we have cut the Elders down, but they won't die!! Brick wall I don't want to use any chemicals, and the copper nails aren't working either - have any of you gardeners out there got any ideas on how we can get rid of the stuff??

thanks

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BIRDMATE



Joined: 29 Nov 2006
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Location: LONDON

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey Dawn,
long time no speak firstly hope you are well!
right i had the same problem an so try cutting it as far down as possible and then cover the remaining stump in a thick layer of salt and put a bag over the top of it and tie a fastener around the bag and the stump covering the salt. -( hope this is making sense)
anyway the salt seems to dry it out killing it
hope this giver you something to try

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