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  1. Dan Goss

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    8324410D-FADF-4306-9EC2-96A806539E1C.png3D996977-0D86-491D-8F90-C8EB66DF9EEA.jpeg Hi all,

    I’ve recently moved house with a much larger garden. (Pics hopefully attached). The first is when we moved in, prior the the previous owners putting a gravel section in. The second is as it is- a work in progress.

    The garden currrently has various sections including gravel, grass, patio and well just an area of soil!!

    The plan is to rip it all out! conifers and all then have it as grass with border either side running down the whole length.

    Can anyone recommend a weed killer that will cover a large area to ensure all brambles, roots and ivy never return?

    I’m guessing the next stage will be rotivate it all the re-sow!

    Any hints and tips for the graft ahead??
     
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      Hiya Dan
      The best weedkiller for those weeds is glyphosate. It kills down to the roots. Usually a one off treatment.
      Looks a famtastic situation you have there :)
       
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        Cheers verdun.

        I’ll buy a tanker full. It’s got the potential to be an amazing garden.

        Any suggestions for conifer roots and stumps. A chainsaw and spade is the current method!!
         
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          Hello @Dan Goss :sign0016: to GC :)

          You've got a good piece of land to work with in making it a beautiful garden...for removing the conifers i recommend chainsaw mate ...we removed one that was an edge but the root had to be left as the span of it was to large plus i would hire a rotivater as it may work out cheaper...unless your able to dig through it :)
           
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          Do not use a chainsaw on the roots as the soil will damage the chain/cutter bar and slip clutch use an axe
           
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            A stump grinder would help :) You can hire them
             
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              Thanks all.

              I can confirm using a chain saw on the roots / soil blunts the chain!!!

              Jiffy, you were to late with that knowledge.

              Having had a good go over the past two days I think it’ll either be a stump remover or pay someone with all the tools that can do it!
               
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                If you have only blunt the chain you can resharpen it but there will be alot less life in that chain, if the chain and cutter bar is going to be replaced then you my as well keep going and after you finnish you will have to buy new to replace them

                If you carry on using it Keep the chain sharp as much as pos and clean the cutter bar (the cove where chain sits in) and when finnish replace chain and cutter bar and look at the slip clucth and clean or it may need to be replace

                Sorry
                 
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                  Hi Dan...our Stump had to be left showing as it was to thick besides wide in the ground through being there for years...so my hubby left it looking like a rock effect in the garden having large rocks already and four pink pampas grasses have gone around it and will cover it while growing :)

                   
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                  +1 for not using a chainsaw on stumps / roots. Aside from muck claggin the chain there's a high potential for it getting stuck and embedding in your legs when you try to wrench it free. Happened to my sisters ex (he was OK unfortunately!)

                  You may need more than one application of weedkiller if the brambles etc are established and the ivy might be better dug out at the roots.
                   
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                    Always best to remove stumps by whatever means. A stump left will always be a problem and a regret. :sad:
                    Once left 2 large shrub stumps for a couple of years but then decided to remove them properly. It has made a heck of a difference to planting possibilities and aesthetically:)
                     
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                      Hi Verdun a problem in what way if you don't mind me asking? :)
                       
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                      The stumps will definitely be removed by ever means I can think / afford.

                      Has anyone got any recommendations for the weed killer. I’ve had a look and they all pretty much have glysophate. Round up has a Tough variant which looks like to covers ivy and brambles etc but I’m always dubious of paying for well known products when there’s normally a much cheaper exact version elsewhere.
                       
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                        Morning Gail, stumps left occupy space otherwise useable for other things, they are slowly decaying thus possibly causing problems there and also spoil the aesthetics of a garden. In my case, sometimes large exciting planting spaces have been created for new plantings.
                        Some stumps have been difficult to remove but I always get them out.

                        You can make use of certain stumps ....conifers like leylandii for example can be cut back to a 5' - 7' pillar removing all side shoots and then used as a support for climbers. I did this for a friend a few years ago for a clematis montanna and it still looks good as a feature in her garden :)

                        Dan, glyphosate works only on green tissue not on woody material. SBK stump killer is effective but, as with all stump killers, they work slowly. If you can physically rmove stumps then do so :)
                         
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                          Verdun, large power tools will be the plan for the stump removal however I need to kill all the ivy, weeds and brambles in the borders etc
                           
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