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Our garden in August : Out with one tree, in with another

by Clare Mansell
Our garden in August : Out with one tree, in with another

This month we said goodbye to a large pine tree in our garden. It was a decision I felt torn about right up until the morning that the tree surgeons arrived, but I’m relieved to say we are delighted with the results.

The tree was about 30ft tall and had completely outgrown the spot in the flowerbed where it was planted. The trunk was pressing against our boundary fence and the roots were erupting out of the ground in several spots on the lawn, but the bigger problems were that it stole the light from our patio and shed pine needles in large quantities all year round.

I missed most of the action on the day, but Jim sent me photos and when I came home I was blown away by how the garden had changed.

First a photo of the garden in July, then one of it (in not quite the same spot) this week (it looks a little bare because of our damaged lawn but we’ll come on to that…)


The width of our lawn appears to have doubled, our raised flower bed now gets a significant amount of extra light and lavender which I had been worrying wasn’t getting enough sun now gets 5 hours a day.


Next the stump a jasmine has been struggling to grow in the parched soil and we are expecting it to shoot up with the increased moisture and light and we’ve planted another tree next to where the pine was… I know what you’re thinking, removing one and planting another seems a bit crazy, but the new tree is a minarette apple tree which will grow no higher than the fence and will remain neat and lean…but fruit bearing!

Sweeping up the last batch of pine needles was really satisfying and our patio is now permanently clear of debris for the first time.


Our lawn is still recovering from the effects of treating it with Evergreen 4 in 1 earlier in the month. Several large areas of grass turned black overnight and its been looking it a very sorry state since. From what I have read online this is fairly common and the scorching is most likely a result of us having walked on the treated areas too soon. The consensus seems to be that it’ll be back to normal (or better) within a few weeks…here’s hoping!

The only other news is that we’ve finally had a mini harvest of dwarf green beans from Theo’s pots. Our dwarf cucumbers and tomatoes have not produced, but at least we’ve had one crop. No photos as Theo eats them almost immediately!

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1 comment

Donna August 23, 2016 - 10:34 pm

Wow, what a difference that lack of tree makes! x


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