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Urgent advice required (dogwood?)

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Montezumasrevenge Sat 04-Feb-17 11:30:16

Only urgent in the sense that I've just bought a new cordless hedge cutter and must must must make use of this glorious weather. grin

We have, what I call, "red sticks" growing in the front garden. Google tells me they are some form of dogwood. But not a tree, they seem to have an enormous root system and pop up independently, not from a trunk or any main branches iyswim.

They are taking over and I need to know how to contain them if you please? RHS website states to cut back to knee height which is fine <revs hedge cutter>. But what about the ones that are spreading and growing up through surrounding trees and hedges? Not sure if I can dig them out easily as their are so many other shrubs.

Sorry it's so long, tl:dr version: how do I stop dogwood spreading all through the garden?

Montezumasrevenge Sat 04-Feb-17 12:18:21

Hopeful bump...

Ifailed Sat 04-Feb-17 12:34:04

I'm afraid you've got the answer, you need to dig out the roots. You could try just getting back all excessive shoots to the ground, but it will be a continuous job.

isupposeitsverynice Sat 04-Feb-17 12:37:21

No advice but extremely jealous of your opportunity to play with your new toy - I bought a leaf sucker a few weeks ago and it's done nothing but rain here ever since <cries>

AstrantiaMajor Sat 04-Feb-17 12:47:59

You need to dig it up. Every time I cut mine back it whispers, 'oh yummy, pruning. Astrantia obviously want me to treble in size."

Montezumasrevenge Sat 04-Feb-17 12:49:03

Thank you both, think I'm just going to attack it with power tools! Raah! grin

Kr1stina Sat 04-Feb-17 12:56:26

Just checking to see what a gardening emergency might be, but I see you guys have it covered grin

Montezumasrevenge Sat 04-Feb-17 16:57:32

Bloody stuff angry

Hacked it with secateurs in the end. Hopefully it might grow back in a nicer shape anyway.

MrsBertBibby Sun 05-Feb-17 19:31:07

At least yours is nice red stemmed stuff. My garden is awash with bastarding dull as ditchwater dogwood and fuck me but it's almost as big a pain as the bamboo we are trying to eradicate.

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