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    Incredibly dangerous too. Hardly any amateurs wear the correct gear.

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      It's cordyline australis(not indivisa), a very fine specimen too. Yes, they constantly shed leaves. An extremely soft, fibrous trunk so the branches are easy to cut through with a coarse toothed hand saw. It will resprout along the length of the remaining trunk, but that will make it easier to keep manicured. Digging these ******** out is not recommended as as Lamie said, a vast fibrous root system developes around a central tap root, meaning you lose most of the surrounding area like a crater from the moon!
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      That's a big old b****** - it will weigh a ton. It's very easy (and dangerous!) to underestimate the weight of the chunk you're cutting down. Seriously, wait until things return to normal and get professionals in to do the job.
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      Wish i had that in the Rockery....although there is a smaller one there. Cut it down to the base and i'll put new shoots up which you can keep in check every couple of years.
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      It's cordyline australis(not indivisa), a very fine specimen too. Yes, they constantly shed leaves. An extremely soft, fibrous trunk so the branches are easy to cut through with a coarse toothed hand saw. It will resprout along the length of the remaining trunk, but that will make it easier to keep manicured. Digging these ******** out is not recommended as as Lamie said, a vast fibrous root system developes around a central tap root, meaning you lose most of the surrounding area like a crater from the moon!
      Oh so it won't just 'Beaker' grow from the top.

      That's encouraging news, I'm now a little keener to (get jnr) cut it right back to what will be a giant looking phallus.

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      That's a big old b****** - it will weigh a ton. It's very easy (and dangerous!) to underestimate the weight of the chunk you're cutting down. Seriously, wait until things return to normal and get professionals in to do the job.
      The 'problem' with my big old b****** is the one about 200 yards off in the distance, which is easily twice as high and completely out of reach.

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      Wish i had that in the Rockery....although there is a smaller one there. Cut it down to the base and i'll put new shoots up which you can keep in check every couple of years.
      From my experience I suggest you give it a couple of weeks.




      Thanks of the suggestions everybody, I think I'm done.

      Will check for nests.
      Send the boy up a ladder with saw in hand.
      Remove all the branches.
      See what happens.

      If it's a shiteshow, drill into it and fill it up with Fosters - sorry I mean weed killer.


      I feel that concludes my business, hopefully others who actually want to grow stuff, will carry this forward.
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      Lawnmower just bust
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      Funny how they never break when you don't use them
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      ***TREE NEWS***


      Clearly not the last post.

      My neighbour saw me staring up at the beast, planning the first cut.

      As he's clearly not a sociopath he looked positively heart broken when I asked if he minded me hacking off all the branches.

      He proceeded to spend the next 5 minutes moaning about the mess it made, ending with 'well we'd miss it greatly, if you cut it back'.


      So it's going to stay, this morning's distraction was completely meaningless (the best kind).

      You treehuggers have Pat and Ted to thank.
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      I'd hate to see such a nice one go as well. As a lot of the antipodean shrubs like cordyline and phormium have a 'stringy' make up to their leaves, take up basket weaving during this enforced absence from.... well, everything! It'll keep you busy as well as stop you from cursing
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      It's cordyline australis(not indivisa), a very fine specimen too. Yes, they constantly shed leaves. An extremely soft, fibrous trunk so the branches are easy to cut through with a coarse toothed hand saw. It will resprout along the length of the remaining trunk, but that will make it easier to keep manicured. Digging these ******** out is not recommended as as Lamie said, a vast fibrous root system developes around a central tap root, meaning you lose most of the surrounding area like a crater from the moon!
      Yep, an Australis, I am corrected. Same removal procedure mind.
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