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    Quote Originally Posted by Seahorse View Post
    Oh Alison! Flum's secret is out now!!!
    It's in me back garden honest - only those 3 horses can see it - oh hell I feel faint!!
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    www.vegheaven.blogspot.com Updated March 9th - Spring

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    In your back garden Flummery? I can't imagine what that says about you!!!

    I had one at my last house - with the added attraction of a wasps' nest in the middle. I spent a full day running up to it, bashing it once and then running away fast.

    I worked from the outer edges at ground level. Inside the vicious outer leaves I found lots of dead, dry materials that came away easily in big handfuls. Under this, the roots didn't go down far and I could cut through underneath it, finally rolling the whole clump out in one go. Not an easy job, but not as hard as I'd expected.

    Some people advise lighting a fire in the root hole, but I settled for building a ten-inch thick drive over it...
    Last edited by Paul Wagland; 30-01-2008 at 04:01 PM.
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    Says it about the previous house owner Paul!
    I daren't try setting fire to it - it's close to a power line which skims our far end and powers the cottage next door. Covered in creosote or something so it would go up like a rocket. Also it might have something hibernating in the dross.
    I have cut it back hard and found all the dead-ish stuff which does come away easily. Still can't get near enough to the roots to dig anythingup though. I reckon it will need several sessions.
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    www.vegheaven.blogspot.com Updated March 9th - Spring

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    Take it steady Flum - don't do yourself a hurt getting shot of it!
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    That's why I only did half an hour this morning Shirl. I know me limits!
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    www.vegheaven.blogspot.com Updated March 9th - Spring

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    Sharp spade doesnt make great headway as the roots are quite spongey due to the fibres etc ... on the odd occasions I have removed large pampas specimens I made steady progress with a large heavy sharp mattock as you need a wider end to your tool than a pick provides ... bonne chance ...
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    Glad to hear that Flum, reading groanathome's post, you are going to need a fair few goes at it! It has warned me off ever planting one!!!
    Happy Gardening,
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    and setting fire to the thing will not kill it - in the wild these things use the fire to regenerate themselves.
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