The House: Then & Now + A Question

November 8, 2012

These aren't the best photos because every time I go out the front to take some, I feel like a bit of a weirdo to be honest, so I take them really quickly! As you can see, the front yard is finally starting to look green. It wasn't until I looked at the latest photo taken 2 weekends ago (bottom right), that I realised how much the garden has grown. Our lawn still needs a bit of work (not to mention the roof needs a makeover ASAP) but at least its an improvement. The Jacaranda (middle of the lawn), which we planted 2 and half years ago, is so much taller too but it's missing a few leaves at the moment.

So I have a question for the gardeners out there about the English Box hedge - should I trim the older part  (which is to the left of the house) so its the same height as the newer part or should I just give the newer part a light trim to encourage more growth? I know it's slow growing so I don't want to give it a haircut only to wait another 2 years for it to grow back.  In the past I've just barely trimmed it, but can I afford to be a bit more aggressive with the secateurs? Any tips appreciated!

21 comments:

  1. When my husband comes back I will ask him!

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    1. He asked is new ones are at the width that you like then you trim lightly the width of it overgrown to encourage growth upwards in height. If you want height to be at the old ones level then leave them and don't trim down. And to encourage growth keep feeding them and they are more active during spring and summer. So do it now.
      Hope that makes sense. He kept triple analysing me so sounds like you need a phone consultation Hahha.

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  2. My hubby is a horticulturist and we have planted a cottage garden with hedging and topiaries a year and a half ago I 've just shown him your pics and he said
    Don't over prune the older hedge but be firm in taking of recent new feathery growth. Over time the younger hedge will catch up but it must still be lightly pruned after each new growth flush. Hope this helps. Meg xx

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    1. Thanks so much for the tips, Meg (and hubby)!

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  3. I know how you feel! I love taking pictures of the front of my house but everytime I go out to take pictures I feel like a weirdo because I never see anyone else in my street do it haha but its worth it because I've accumulated lots of pictures of how my house has changed since I moved in last year and they're interesting to look at : ). I'm a keen gardener too but I haven't got much experience with English box hedges because mine are only new and little, but one of my neighbours has english box hedges and he trimmed them last year and over the last few months they've gotten very bushy and had lots of new growth, so I think you should probably trim the original ones to the height of the newer ones and then they should grow back at about the same pace. And maybe you could plant some more inbeteeen the new ones because I think they might take quite a while to join up and planting more would make that happen quicker : )

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    1. Nobody else will be outside until I go out to take pictures, then it feels like the whole street appears! It's good to have a record of how the house transforms though. Thanks for the gardening tips!

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  4. I'd give them all a light trim...the newer small plants will grow better with a light tip prune. I'd also give the more established plants a light prune to encourage more growth as well
    Hope that's a help
    Lesley
    xx

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    1. Thanks, Lesley! Seems a light trim is the way to go :)

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  5. I've got no idea on gardening, but just wanted to say WOW, what a transformation!

    Thee house is looking so great, don't worry about snapping photos!!



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    1. Thanks, Emma! Still a few little jobs to do to the exterior but we're getting there!

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  6. I know, there is something weird about being seen snapping photos of your house! The hedges are looking good.

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  7. Hey, what paint did you use to paint your colourbond porch roof?Has it lasted in the weather? We have a lovely surfmist colourbond roof, but out deck which is 3/4 around the outside of our house has a green colourbond roof! So I really want to paint it but was worried the paint would just peel straight off.

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    1. I'll check the can tonight and let you know - it is one of the Dulux ones. It has lasted really well with no peeling or flaking and looks like it did the day we painted it :)

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    2. We used Dulux QuitRust (which can be tinted to Colorbond colours). This is the link to the product: http://www.dulux.com.au/products/dulux-exterior-products/specialist/product-detail?product=2217. Application is easy and provided your roof is in good oondition, there really isn't any special preparation required :)

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  8. What an awesome transformation!

    You should just snap away to your heart's content! You've done a lot of hard work and should be proud of it. How awesome having these shots to look at and be able to see the transition!

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  9. Are you going to get the roof re -painted? My neighbours just had theirs done, from a cream roof to black, it looks really good.

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    1. Yes, hopefully sooner rather than later - it looks terrible at the moment!

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