I don't know whether you are aware, but the chance of any regrowth on those leylandii trees is extremely remote. This means that you will have bare tree trunks to look at instead of foliage on your side.
To be honest I wasn’t sure what would happen to them. When we moved in the garden hadn’t been touched for over 10 years so was majorly overgrown and had all gone brown and died off. The neighbours have kept there side immaculate and didn’t seem to happy at the thought of removing them completely. I’ve just cot the top 15ft off level to where they have kept there side trimmed. It’s not ideal I know but is a kind of peace offering to the neighbour for the future.
Leylandii trees are not right for the urban garden, much as they are planted though. Once you take the lead shoot out of them, that will slow further upward growth, other than small shots. When they are cut back on the sides, to the level that you have done, invariably the tree does not produce any new side shoots, and the tree usually remains in the denuded state. The other trees will just continue their life, just as we do after an haircut, no matter how drastic. Just got to sit back and see how things develop; it's not the end of the world.
So a bit of a update. Well not to much really. The front room is plastered, the spare room, back room and dining room is decorated and I’ve been doing some gardening. Not exactly sorting the garage but with the large tally of brownie points now logged by “the boss” things should go quickly once I can get started.
The gardening consisted of some small cobble retaining walls for the flower beds. Nice afternoon job which I quite enjoyed.
While up that end of the garden something appeared on the new shed base. Dunno how that magically appeared. But alas it’s the start of the shed for the gardening tools and jnrs outdoor toys which will free up some much needed garage space.
Hopefully the weather stays half decent and I can get another sheet of ply and some feather edge board delivered to get it finished off soon.
Did more non garage related stuff other day while mini me was trying his best to hide the mortar while my back was turned. Built a small flagged area for the garden seat to sit on. The top of the garden is being covered in woodchip so the small stunt man we currently have won’t hurt himself to much when on his climbing frame.
A few days later the seat was rubbed down and painted so should last a few more years.
Managed to get some more timber to finish off the shed frame.
I’ve got to order some skirting board for the front room so will get some feather edge board to clad the shed Sides and a sheet of ply for the roof while I’m at it. Fingers crossed operation empty the garage can then start.
Nice work - looks like you have the same issue as me - garden jobs taking priority to play on cars ! Nice looking space for urchin to run about in especially at the moment. On the trees if they die they die, conifers are rubbish habitat that deliberately stop other things growing. Softly softly with the neighbours a good plan though. Big trees in gardens are a bad idea anyway. James
Good work on the garden, always like a full log store too. With the trees your side will most likely stay pretty bare but the other side should keep growing. I find conifers are a marmite thing for people some love 'em some hate 'em if all your after is a screen/windbreak then there really isnt a better option imo. If you want a truly horrible tree to have in a garden then try a big willow.
Wow it’s been longer than I thought since I last updated this thread. Been a busy time recently. Back to work after furlough, getting the house done and a new set of wheels. After 4 years faithful service the £400 Lexus is200 has had her day. A looming mot and a list as long as my arm for jobs to do on it her time has come. So soon as racing resumes she will be off to a banger meeting for one last hoorah. So what is her replacement. Well a Renault trafic. Not exactly a sporty little number but there is method to the madness of owning a french badged machine. Firstly mini me will soon have a lt50 quad. Secondly loads of load space makes life so much easier. And thirdly it will happily tow a car trailer with the long suffering project car when it’s finished plus tyres and spares/tools.
As you can see it didn’t stay standard for long. Fully colour coded and tinted lights all round. See what mr plod thinks of them 😂 next up is a set of black alloys and some lowering springs.
also I’ve finished the front room after knocking it back to bare brick in a moment of madness.
so what does this mean?? Well it only means I’ve finally got all the furniture out the garage and done a few tip runs 😀😀😀😀😀😀
So project get the garage kitted out so then project money pit can go ahead. We got there by page 2. So without further adoo..........
First job was to clear the back wall and floor. To maximise storage and workbench area I’m going for a U shaped bench design with built in tool box and piller drill and vice on the two ends so if I’m working with long lengths of steel I won’t be struggling with space as it’s only 3 meters wide. All made out of free wood off building sites and recycled drawers/ cupboards. Only thing I’ve had to buy so far is 3/4” ply which is bloody expensive.
Work has been full on recently so not much to report. I did spend a hour in there over the weekend tho just mulling over where things are going. Decided the bench grinder was going to take up valuable bench space so made a little shelf for it out of 1”X1” angle and some 3/4” ply. But then mounted it to high. So needs moving down one course of block.
Another few hours today chipping away at the workbench plus a bit of a tidy up as I was getting buried in tools. Need to move the blue racking that’s on the left in to the shed and take down the shelves that are full of household paint and relocate them to the shed too. That should free up some space and give me room above the bench to fix all my storage bins full of nuts, bolts and washers.