Late spring 1985 - several trees overgrown or unhealthy.
We are interested in reviewing why we re-landscaped in such a major way In the 1990s. Some of the reasons are evident in this 1985 photo!
All plants have an urge to get larger and quite often this growth, if unchecked, causes big problems for the plants themselves and for their neighbours!
Scanned from one of our old 5" x 3.5" (13cm x 9cm) photos so apologies for the rather low quality.
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May be viewed in original size: www.flickr.com/photos/fourseasonsgarden/2962948916/sizes/...
Photography is often helpful in revealing details with great clarity! This 1985 photo of our garden showed us a very large Mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia) tree in the upper left picture, diseased Blue spruce conifers in the centre of the picture and the two dark green conifers on the right of the picture which were overgrown. The latter conifers were obstructing the main exit from the lawn, causing nearby grass to struggle and also causing some of the York stone paving to break up. The photo spurred us into action and 24 hours after seeing this 1985 photo the two dark conifers on the right of the picture were gone!
Five and seven years later the Mountain ash and the unhealthy conifers in the centre of the picture were also gone!
......... In February 1990 our neighbour's huge, overgrown Mountain ash tree in the upper left of the picture was blown down and crashed across our garden demolishing our only good apple tree! This was a major event which forced up the pace of our re-landscaping plans!
......... The two tall unhealthy looking Blue spruce in the centre of the picture had no prospect of regaining good health and were removed later in 1992 during our re-landscaping.
These events helped to convince us that in future it would be best, if at all possible, not to let ordinary garden trees get overgrown, over crowded or unhealthy! The question was - was it possible to achieve this with our new plants?........ we would have to wait and see!
Summary of key facts on moving to our house and garden in 1982:
Quarter acre plot, facing south
Rear garden 180ft x 55ft (55m x 17m)
Impacted heavy clay soil
Lawn square, shaded and worn out
Several large, dark green conifers
16 overgrown fruit trees
Disused vegetable plot
Yorkstone paths breaking up
Yorkstone rocks, some submerged