When I first planted them, I had this bright idea that they would eventually cover the neighbor in the duplex's windows that looked directly down into my house and yard.
|2013 - Headed towards the second story of the duplex.|
|The Laurels doing their job covering the windows.|
A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to take them down to the height of the fence, so out came the loppers and I gave them all a flat top. I filled up four green bins with the tops of the three shrubs. I wasn't 100% happy with the new look, but figured they were at least now easier to contain/maintain.
|I hear the "boxy" look is very "in" at the moment!|
|Looking better - Easier to control at least!|
|Center Laurel is gone and the trunk of the left one is still in place.|
The bark was raked away at the plant base. I got the shovel, hand clippers and loppers ready for action.
|Beginning to dig around the trunk circumference looking for side roots.|
|Cutting away roots.|
Eventually, I was able to free up the root balls and pull out each of the trunks. They, fortunately for me, tended to grow out more sideways and not downwards, so after about 45 minutes per stump, they were history.
In one of the spots where a Laurel had been, I moved a Prostanthera lasianthos (Victorian Christmas Bush) that I had planted in a most inappropriate spot. When I read the plant tag initially, I thought it was 10-18 INCHES tall. Turned out at later re-reading and after I had planted it, to be 10-18 FEET tall.
Prostanthera lasianthos is marginally hardy here in Portland, so although it sailed through last winter perfectly fine and flowered this summer, it needed to be moved to a better spot if it wasn't going to croak. It may turn out to be just as much work as the Laurels, but it's much more interesting.
|Vites agnus-castus 'Sensational' & Prostanthera lasianthos|
|Grevillea juniperina 'Pink Lady' & Callistemon viridiflous|
I still have to come up with some new shrubs to replace the third Laurel - Any suggestions?