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#1 Calvary

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:13 AM

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I came back after six months away to find that approximately 2500m2 of my garden has turned into a thicket. I really need to start cutting back the plant life that has invaded but I have no idea how to go about it. I was wondering if we have any savvy gardeners that might be able to provide any tips? Most of the stuff I need to take out are brambles, nettles, oak saplings, buddleias and thistles. So many prickles!

 

The problem is that I can't use any sort of industrial floracides because a wild bee colony appears to have moved into one of my bashed up old bee hives and I would love to try and keep this colony and strengthen it since I lost my own over the winter. I currently have at my disposal: 

 

+ a blunt scythe.

+ secateurs

+ rusted cutting blades from the 50s-60s

 

Anyone got any ideas for how to clear this up? Maybe using some sort of organic floracide? I'm at a loss.

 

 

 

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The actual thicket, it extends farther back than you can see and is impenetrable due to the volume of nettles.

 

 

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A close up of a part of the thicket. You can see what kind of plants I'm up against here.

 

 

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A badger/ fox run, which I am reluctant to destroy. (Unfortunately it is necessary).

 

 

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The bees in question.


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#2 Sethre

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:29 AM

Well the easy way would just be to burn down your garden/house and start fresh.

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:30 AM

You need something like this; 

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With a good pair of gloves and some damp ground, you can probably yank most of it out by hand.

Also, if you have a car, tie a rope around all of it and tug it out. That's what I'd do.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:34 AM

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#5 Calvary

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:47 AM

You need something like this; 

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With a good pair of gloves and some damp ground, you can probably yank most of it out by hand.

Also, if you have a car, tie a rope around all of it and tug it out. That's what I'd do.

 

Might have to wait until the autumn then, it's pretty dry right now.

 

 

Or I could just do the chainsaw thing.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:48 AM

If you do the chainsaw thing you better post a video. >.>


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:49 AM

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this.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:50 AM

I don't actually own a chainsaw. :P

 

Sad thing is it's absolutely beautiful up there. But I'm a big stronk man and the only thing that should be wild on my land is me.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:51 AM

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Might have to wait until the autumn then, it's pretty dry right now.

 

 

Or I could just do the chainsaw thing.

I figured you'd just use a water hose. >.>


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:51 AM

Put some gloves on... get on your hands and knees.... and yank.

 

Problem Solved.

 

Don't listen to me I know nothing about gardening.... I kill everything that I look at sadly :(


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:53 AM

Of course Spleen knows that. :P 


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:53 AM

Don't think weedkiller would help I guess?



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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:54 AM

Of course Spleen knows that. :P

well yes. >.>

 

He has his own website.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 11:59 AM

my dad used to cut down the raspberry bushes with a lawn mower..


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:00 PM

He has his own website.

I just watched one of his videos. I didn't know he had redneck kung fu.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:01 PM

my dad used to cut down the raspberry bushes with a lawn mower..

Did he take the raspberries off first?

I just watched one of his videos. I didn't know he had redneck kung fu.

Redneck kung fu? Wow. 


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:02 PM

Redneck kung fu? Wow. 

 

I'd also like to point out that he's basically as red as his shirt. :P


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:03 PM

Don't think weedkiller would help I guess?

 

I can't because of the bees. When I say floracide I meant weedkiller but my brain farted. :B

 

Steve McGranahan, worlds strongest redneck. Bye.

 

 

I figured you'd just use a water hose. >.>

 

That'd send the water bill up like 1100%.

 

Put some gloves on... get on your hands and knees.... and yank.

 

Problem Solved.

 

Don't listen to me I know nothing about gardening.... I kill everything that I look at sadly :(

 

That is a solution for many things. But not this. XD

 

my dad used to cut down the raspberry bushes with a lawn mower..

 

Bad-fucking-ass.


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:03 PM

Did he take the raspberries off first?

Redneck kung fu? Wow. 

I ate all of them :D


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 12:04 PM

I think you should just go Redneck Kung Fu route.  Maybe call that guy and hire him.