Sunday, 27 March 2016
... that is the question I'm pondering this rainy Easter weekend.
I've spent over 17 years fighting the ivy that comes over the fence from the public land next door. It's hard work - and a losing battle - to keep it under control, perhaps it's time to rethink things a little?
I'm tempted to treat the fence ivy like a hedge (aka a fedge*) and control it with shears, rather than removing it completely. That'll reduce the effort required on that part of the garden, so I can focus on keeping it at bay from the borders.
The ivy looks more attractive than the wooden fence, protects it from the weather, and also forms a good food source for wildlife. The bees love the flowers in autumn and it's been a joy to watch chattering flocks of long tailed tits flutter through and pick off the berries over the winter.
Sometimes it's better to go with the flow and work with what nature gives you, rather than stamp your own ideas all over the garden.
Fingers crossed it works.
* = most fedge information available online concerns the use of living willow. However, the urban dictionary defines a fedge as 'a fence that has become completely overwhelmed by foliage so it now looks like a hedge'. That'll do me.