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Digging ivy and brambles

It's safe to say I am shattered, I have collapsed on the sofa watching the Olympics and wanting a drink but no energy to get one.

I have spent the last couple of hours digging the most horrible soil. I started this job yesterday and continued today (to be honest I think it's going to take some time). The area is under two trees and is full of ivy, brambles along with nettles and too many weeds to mention. 



This is the sort of digging that you can not get the fork back up as its so full of dense roots. I have done dig number one to get a lot of the basic weeds out. The area is all but clear on the surface, but underneath is a world of hurt.


I am going to go back over the whole section again and re dig and re weed but I know there is no way I will be able to get all the roots out. Some of the ivy roots are huge.



Not a tree a root

This week I will be investigating what I can do to improve the soil and try and break down the roots.

It's a wonderful area that I think can look beautiful just needs some attention and careful thought about plants. 



I will also contact the gardener who helps us out in the big jobs to get his tree surgeon out to work on the trees to allow some more light into the garden. 

I will return with a post on some things to try and in the mean time I am going to do some more digging and more weeding and I think a glass of pimms may help me, cheers.
A Cornish Mum

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  1. Sounds like a very stressful job for me, but it's all worth it when it's done, isn't it? Looking forward to see the photos when it's all done. #BloggerClubUK

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    1. Yes your right it is a little stressful and wanting to get it right makes it hard xx

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  2. Good luck, it looks like it'll be well worth it once you're done. We had ivy and it was such a pain to get rid of. We desperately need to clean our garden up too!

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    1. It's such a lot of work but I have the bug now just wish I had more knowledge, thank goodness for Google xx

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  3. Good luck with it - it'll be so worth it when you get to the planting stage :)

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    1. I can not wait either after all the work xxx

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  4. Much as I love weeding (I know I'm bonkers!) brambles are my nemesis! I'll be doing similar myself soon as we have to clear all the weeds to allow cables to be laid the garden and I'm dreading it. Gloves are one thing, but maybe I need to invest in some leather sleeves too! Good luck with the rest of the weeding! #PicknMix

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    1. I have some great gloves and one of the gardners had the same make as me on. i will try and pop a photo up for you. Good luck that sounds a tough job xx

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  5. What a lovely tree. Ivy is also my enemy, I have it at the side of my house where it attempts to climb the walls. Just keep chipping away at it, but I must say you did a great job. #PicknMix

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    1. oh yes we have it growing on walls, drives me mad and when you take it down it looks awful. The roots are evil but i will win the battle xx

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  6. Wow you deserve to sit down and put your feet up, looks like a tough job! I am not good in the garden and have no clue what to do and have to get a gardner in to help with big jobs x #picknmix

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    1. I am not very good either and my make up as I go along I think has the other garden bloggers chuckling at me, though they are very kind. I also get gardeners in for the big jobs xxx

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  7. Ohhh good luck with this. Im not a keen gardener at all so I do not envy you. Enjoy your Pimms hun, you dererve it! #picknmix

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    1. I have only just become a keen gardener but I am not very good :o) the pumms helped and it was mint grown from the garden too xxx

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  8. I love a big physical task in the garden, I almost miss the days of digging the back of our garden out ha! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix hon

    Stevie xx

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    1. ha ha ha i am sure you do, though I do love destructive gardening xx

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  9. It sounds like you may need a few days of digging and drinking! Good luck and cheers. #PickNMix

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    1. ohhh i love your way of thinking digging followed by drinking each time :0) xx

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  10. I'd weed killer it if I were you, leave it a few days then pull it all out. That's what I did when clearing our allotment when we took it over anyway! #picknmix

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    1. I am trying to be good but i have found a no dig approach looks good to me :o) xxx

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