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    I’ve got the same type of mower. Specialists, Ernest Doe of Albourne have serviced and repaired mine, at not great expense.
    https://www.ernestdoe.com/branch/albourne/

    I can’t see that they’re closed, possibly as their work is also vital to agriculture.

    They also collect, but for a fee.

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      Any hedge experts out there? We have a wild privet hedge along the length of our garden - about 15m long and 3m high. It’s been there for years but it’s suddenly thread bare. Looks like it’s dying and some of the new buds are black. Should we leave it and hope it recovers? Apply some form of bug killer? Give up? Looking on the bright side, I don’t think I’ll need to cut the bl00dy thing this year!
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      Any hedge experts out there? We have a wild privet hedge along the length of our garden - about 15m long and 3m high. It’s been there for years but it’s suddenly thread bare. Looks like it’s dying and some of the new buds are black. Should we leave it and hope it recovers? Apply some form of bug killer? Give up? Looking on the bright side, I don’t think I’ll need to cut the bl00dy thing this year!
      When you say "Wild Privet", do you mean Ligustrum vulgare rather than ovalifolium? Sorry if I'm talking rubbish, but it might help to find the problem. If you don't know, don't worry. Have you any photos? A close up and one from slightly further away would help.
      It could be Anthracnose. https://homeguides.sfgate.com/privet...ase-41820.html
      https://homeguides.sfgate.com/privet...ase-41820.html
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      Ok question 2 (and probably more in keeping with you gardening types)


      The thing in the bottom left corner of the original picture (google suggests it might be a Photinia) as you can see, is very close to palm tree.
      There is nothing underneath the visible foliage, just bare, thick branches.
      I'm assuming it's being 'strangled' by the palm, as the bigger the tree has got the more minging the shrub has become.

      Now that neighbour Ted has saved the palm tree:-


      Can I dig out the 10 year old (possibly) Potinia and replant it across the garden 6 feet away from a Ceanothus?

      If so what will the new home hole need to stimulate growth.


      Ta muchly.
      Real downside to Cordylines, they suck every last drop of moisture out of the soil. I would move the Photina.
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      Self-propelled/pedestrian - old Hayter.

      It was working yesterday and I cut most of my grass.
      It stopped and I thought it was very low on petrol.
      I refilled the petrol tank with unleaded purchased this week.
      It then wouldn't restart.
      Yesterday when not starting it was firing up with a really healthy sound but not kicking in to continue.
      Today it is just dead and not even doing that.
      I have an old Hayter which had similar symptoms - turned out to be the adjustment on the cable from the “safety bar” which on mine needs to be held down when starting.
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      I’ve got the same type of mower. Specialists, Ernest Doe of Albourne have serviced and repaired mine, at not great expense.
      https://www.ernestdoe.com/branch/albourne/

      I can’t see that they’re closed, possibly as their work is also vital to agriculture.

      They also collect, but for a fee.
      That’s helpful ..my regular place is closed....ironically one of my mowers needed repairing week before last...so everything apart from one of my hedge cutters is working at the mo.....but you never know!
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      Self-propelled/pedestrian - old Hayter.

      It was working yesterday and I cut most of my grass.
      It stopped and I thought it was very low on petrol.
      I refilled the petrol tank with unleaded purchased this week.
      It then wouldn't restart.
      Yesterday when not starting it was firing up with a really healthy sound but not kicking in to continue.
      Today it is just dead and not even doing that.
      Flooded? Fuel switch not on?...give it another go tomorrow ..you never know
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      Any hedge experts out there? We have a wild privet hedge along the length of our garden - about 15m long and 3m high. It’s been there for years but it’s suddenly thread bare. Looks like it’s dying and some of the new buds are black. Should we leave it and hope it recovers? Apply some form of bug killer? Give up? Looking on the bright side, I don’t think I’ll need to cut the bl00dy thing this year!
      Personally, I think it's not a bad thing the privet is dying back. Flowers smell like cats pee!
      Semi evergreen so a cold snap 'blackens' new growth. I'd be surprised if it's dying, they're normally fairly resistant to pest and fungal attack. I've dug a few of these out in the past, believe me when I say they're bullet proof and hold a grudge to being removed. They hypocritically react well to severe hair cuts though
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      Personally, I think it's not a bad thing the privet is dying back. Flowers smell like cats pee!
      Semi evergreen so a cold snap 'blackens' new growth. I'd be surprised if it's dying, they're normally fairly resistant to pest and fungal attack. I've dug a few of these out in the past, believe me when I say they're bullet proof and hold a grudge to being removed. They hypocritically react well to severe hair cuts though
      Agree with everything here apart from the smell of the flowers. It's an acquired taste, but I quite like it. If you have room in your garden for a privet and you can leave it alone, it will have loads of quite attractive flowers, but best of all it is one of the best plants for hover-flies, as well as being the caterpillar food plant of the Privet Hawk-moth.
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      Would naming your plants be acceptable in the gardening fraternity.
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