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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

I've been trimming Mrs Tattum's hedge this afternoon...What fun to keep the shrubbery at bay!! :):)

It's amazing how fast bushes grow,when they're left untended!!! <_< :D

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  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Weather Preferences: Snow!
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

is this meant to be in the gardening section or not <_< ?

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  • Location: Larbert
  • Location: Larbert

Just last week, i had to ask my next door neighbour would it be ok if i could trim her bush.

You've no idea the size of this thing. Seems to grow doubly fast than any other bush in the area. Anyway, she agreed that if i trimmed a little off it (bearing in mind it's 3/4's in our garden) she'd look into getting a "specialist" <_< to trim it properly the next time it needs attention. Unbelievable!!

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.

This one's a broom hedge. I planted it about 5 years' ago, and now it's getting out of control. It looks absolutely lovely when it's covered in yellow, but a right mess when its gone poddy... <_< :D:)

Another three-hours at work tomorrow for me. Aren't I lucky!!!

Fish factory blues? :):):)

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  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W
  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W

As you've discovered broom is fast growing but relatively indestructable. They don't take kindly to transplanting though as they are legumous and have a root system that in part relies on nitrogen fixing via symbiotic bacteria. Youngish bushes of wild yellow broom on heathland will survive a top firing provided the peat soil itself doesn't ignite so you can be quite brutal with them and they will regenerate. For a hedge that's past it's prime take out 1/3 of the woody stems each year to 150mm (6") above ground and let new growth start from the base to fill the gaps. Trim off dead flower heads and shape the hedge before the pods develop and you may get a second flush in the autumn and you won't get the black pods either. Be rigourous about removing any self set seedlings as they can become invasive weeds, also, cultivors and hybrids rarely grow to type.

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
As you've discovered broom is fast growing but relatively indestructable. They don't take kindly to transplanting though as they are legumous and have a root system that in part relies on nitrogen fixing via symbiotic bacteria. Youngish bushes of wild yellow broom on heathland will survive a top firing provided the peat soil itself doesn't ignite so you can be quite brutal with them and they will regenerate. For a hedge that's past it's prime take out 1/3 of the woody stems each year to 150mm (6") above ground and let new growth start from the base to fill the gaps. Trim off dead flower heads and shape the  hedge before the pods develop and you may get a second flush in the autumn and you won't get the black pods either. Be rigourous about removing any self set seedlings as they can become invasive weeds, also, cultivors and hybrids rarely grow to type.

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Thanks frog...The only thing that I ever saw kill the stuff, was the severe cold we had at Christmas 1995... :)

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