My garden is in a bit of a state. The hedges have grown to Empire State Building heights, we have sycamore and ash limbs blocking most of the sunlight, and there is a problem with overcrowding. Two years ago, we pulled half of the shrubs and trees out to make room, but it's still a mess, so I've hired someone to help me get it sorted.
I'm not sure what kind of evergreen this is, but it grows like kudzu. We keep having it cut back and every year it seems to double in size, so this year I'm having it taken back by 2/3rds. That'll teach it.
Completely out of control -- and you can see the shade we're getting from the hedge opposite. This hedge will also be cut back to nothing, and I've instructed the tree surgeon to lop off anything growing above a 45 degree angle. The overhang must go!
A general sorry state:
I'm not sure why we need all of those 'decorative' trees. See how close they're planted to other things? I think the previous owner of the house was going for a 'mature' look by planting lots of things. It didn't take long for the trees and shrubs to start choking each other. We've taken out a lot, but there is more that needs to go.
The tree surgeon is going to cut and stack all usable wood for us. I'd like to get a woodburning stove installed this summer, so keeping the wood makes sense. I would also like to plant lots of brambles to intertwine with the hedges. I don't enjoy vegetable gardening, but growing fruit is great, so a couple more fruit trees will also go in.
Lastly, I am desperate to set up a free-ranging area for the hens. As it stands, the garden isn't secure enough for them (and the farmer behind us has lost at least 25 hens, ducks, and turkeys to foxes in the last year), and I want them to be safe.
So big plans for a crumbling garden!