Thursday, 8 March 2012

Bloody Leylandii.

It's that bloody time of year again; bloody hedge cutting season. I suppose I really ought to have a motorised trimmer, but doing it by hand does seem both therapeutic and reasonably good exercise.  

The hedge is only about 20 metres long, so it doesn't really take too long. Even so, I treat it as a part-time activity; a little bit now, a little bit later. I never do it all at one go.

Hedge connoisseurs may have noticed that mine is  Cupressocyparis leylandii quad-bikius, a particularly dense growing sub-species that has been specially developed to shield against noisy neighbours, and their children's anti-social modes of transport.

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18 comments:

  1. You had me fooled. here was I thinking it was some exotic sub-variety of Callitropsis × leylandii and then I wooke up to the quad-bikius reference - lol!

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  2. The tree thug has its uses, as you say, noisebreak and I've used it as a windbreak where a native hedge was struggling...it worked, but I wish I'd been able to stay there a few more years and do the planned final pruning of the leylandii with an axe!!

    It isn't even decent firewood!

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    1. Laylandi?
      wasn't she a chinese violinist?

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  3. Electric Ladylandii - Lay, Lady Laylandii - I could go on.

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  4. leylandii, how do I hate thee, let me count the ways ...

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  5. A motorised trimmer would be much more fun!

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    1. A dark green, ride-on, motorised trimmer; now that's a thought!

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  6. I believe they are called bush wackers.

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  7. You could also get the electric trimmer tricked out with flames and chrome, performance tires and scare the **** out of the anti social modes of transport? Maybe start a new trend, Mr. M? :^-)

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  8. we had several overgrown leylandii here and when we chopped them down, the neighbours came out and cheered! We are very lucky none of them seem to be as un-neighbourly as yours.

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  9. I love your hedge - much nicer than the ugly privacy fences people use around here.

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  10. Well I have hedge envy no matter what variety,we thought about having one instead of a front fence,but Bob would be winging about keeping it trimmed lol so perhaps we made the right choice ...

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    1. And deprive everyone of looking at your beautiful house? No way!

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  11. Certainly must be hedge time of year. Halfway around the globe in the NW (Oregon, USA), I'm doing the same thing--with an overgrown Arborvitae. May we all be strong and steady-handed enough to finish the task!

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    1. Indeed Andy.I shall continue today.

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    2. Must confess. I cheat. Hired my landscape man to do the job. He'll be back to finish in 10 days. Best to you and your hedge.

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