CIMG1542With so many trees in the garden it’s not too difficult to find a shady part on a hot day – perhaps too easy in fact – and I had pencilled in a reduction in height of the hedge that crosses the woodland edge border. We planted this with hawthorn, hazel, dog rose, sloe and guelder rose in the early 2000s to break up the view, but then not only cut in back in height last year but also reduced the width to accommodate the new location for the rose garden. There was evidence of a breeze today but it felt more humid than the weekend, and I was grateful for the shade as I pruned and lopped and snipped, exchanging the green and leafy excess height for rather a large pile of trimmings.

The hedge, still immature as hedges go, now looks like a forlorn schoolboy outside the headmaster’s door:


CIMG1544Having missed my usual midsummer day schedule for pruning the wisteria that too was achieved today, adding to the accumulation of green matter to be dealt with. We may reconsider buying a replacement shredder after all, but having been frustrated in the past with unclogging the mechanism over and over again, quite apart from the noise and electricity consumption, we may continue to recycle it as green waste, generally producing enough of our own compost without making space for more.

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10 Responses to Prunes

  1. bridget says:

    If been debating getting a shredder recently. Don’t know if I could cope with it jamming up all the time. Rethink!!

    • Cathy says:

      To a degree you get what you pay for, so the more expensive ones should be more reliable – but even those with a reverse mechanism are not infallible. Of course it is also easy to ‘abuse’ them and expect them to do more than than they want to and to do it more quickly, which doesn’t help!

  2. Pauline says:

    It’s too hot to work in the garden, even in the shade! When it’s like this I have to do a bit first thing in the morning and again in the evening. At this time of year my shady borders always look a lot tidier and more weed free than my sunny ones ! We have had the same problem with our shredder, as much time is spent unclogging it as shredding, so it doesn’t get used very much.

    • Cathy says:

      I would normally wait till after lunch to get on with garden things (unless I had a big project on) but when the weather is like this the mornings are definitely more tolerable! My woodland edge border is getting more attention now too – I have clambered through to the back of them to see what’s what and remove some of the taller weeds. On balance I think we shall remain shredder-less and save the space in the shed!

  3. I got an electric shredder last year and it was a complete flop. I don’t want to deal with having a gasoline shredder around. There’s a guy who has a heavy duty shreddera on his truck, I was thinking of offering him a few dollars to come buy and let me run my stuff through it just a couple of times a year.

  4. Tim says:

    I bought an electric shredder last year and, problems with jamming aside, it has been a good purchase. I use the results to create paths in my woodland areas to supress weeds, and to a limited extent as a general mulch in other areas. I know they say that you should allow a few months before using, but when I tried storing the shreddings in black plastic bags, the results turned a little mouldy. All in all I find it is an excellent way to deal with prunings and much cheaper that buying bark chippings.

    • Cathy says:

      You have reminded about using the results instead of bark, Tim, and as we have some bark paths and a bark mulch around the fruit bushes in the fruit cage it is making me reconsider

  5. croftgarden says:

    Amazing amount of growth! As the Head Gardener would advise buy the biggest and best you can afford, it will be a good investment. I’d love to have something to shred rather than mountains of fermenting grass cuttings. Alas no heat wave, just mist, and the grass growing like the Serengeti after rain!

    • Cathy says:

      I have to be careful discussing the weather with my Mum, Christine, as she gets cross with people assuming all the UK is the same! We have almost decided FOR a replacement. With only a tiny bit of grass I am more than happy not to have a compost heap full of it!

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