More fencing

Jul 25, 2017

One of the posts between two fence panels on the side between my garden and what was Joyce’s garden, had been leaning for years. The dense and vigorous shrubs were pushing the panels too.

I was concerned I would have to replace the metal post “socket” that was in the ground. However, the post was leaning because essentially its base had completely rotted. The fence panels were holding up the post rather than the other way round.

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The metal post “socket” was full of fine soil, probably the rotted base of the post, so I cleared that all out (a fiddly job requiring a screwdriver and a plastic spoon). That bloody shrub is right next to the base of the post.

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The fence panel was fragile so out that came. This gave me the opportunity to cut back the shrubs pushing against my fence. The plants will grow back but only over a time. The new post has been bashed into the metal post socket about 6 inches deep and feels pretty secure so that might resist the push of the shrub new growth. I put in a new gravel board and bodged up some fixing posts with some wood I had lying around. The land drops away to the end of the garden so getting the gravel board roughly level for the fence panel to sit on was a bit of a task.

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The foliage facing the other garden is still pretty much intact so the intending purchaser of next door won’t see a garden laid waste. Gentle reader I had mentioned several times to Joyce, her son-in-law and Richard the gardener I needed to replace that bit of fencing and the post and cut back the shrub. So I wasn’t doing this unilaterally. They are getting a new fence panel and post and my work for free. At least the bulk of the hard graft is done.

A first coat of paint has gone on the new fence panel. I will paint the panel again tomorrow, plant the roses and move a couple of shrubs from the other side of the garden that are currently in an awkward position. This is probably the wrong time of year to move the shrubs but getting the layout of the planting better and easier to maintain is far more urgent than stunting a few plants. There will be plenty of rain over the next few days to help the moved plants get established. That old roses will be pruned heavily and straightened up in the autumn. The horticultural expert says if the rose bush is too close to the fence it will lean. The roses bushes that will infill are a couple of cheapy end-of-year plants from Crews Hill. They look ok to me.IMG_20170725_184126

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