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#138192 24-Dec-2013 08:14
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We got 4 large overgrows flax bushes growing up the side of the house.
Large leaves over hanging a lawn section that is making it difficult to access to mow.
Any suggestions on the best way to prune/trim these large plants.
If I had my way Id take them all out as they are a bit of an eyesore.
Otherwise Id just be hacking at them to remove the offending leaves




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  #956788 24-Dec-2013 08:24
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pruning is a pain, you need to use a sharp knife and cut each leaf individually. You cannot put the cuttings in the compost or in a green waste  recycle bin.




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  #956790 24-Dec-2013 08:28
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They're horrible but the birds like them. They expand like mad and house slugs and bugs. I've dug them out of every place I've lived. I used a pick ax. I miss the birds they bring tho. Neighbour used to prune them back but I couldn't tell you how, sorry.

 
 
 
 


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  #956792 24-Dec-2013 08:33
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I prune ours using a hedge trimmer every few months and it seems to do the job. Can sometimes leave some jaggered cuts but the leaves recover quick enough. Wife hates them and would rather I remove them, have put it in the "when I get some free time" pile.

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  #956794 24-Dec-2013 08:38
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You can either use a sharp knife or use sharp secateurs (sp? - Garden shears).

Get down to the base of each frond and fold it in half at the seam, cut and move to the next.

As others have said - you can't compost it, you can't stick it in the garden waste and you have to find some way of getting it into the rubbish...which is a challenge in itself.

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  #956810 24-Dec-2013 09:14
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You can also dig them up, they are quite shallow rooted. Then divide the plant up into smaller flaxes. Cut the leaves about 30-40 cm from the base. The advantage of doing it this way is you end up with a number of nrw flaxes. The disadvantage is you end up with a number of new flaxes

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  #956831 24-Dec-2013 09:56
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I dug mine up and threw them away. Awful things. Makes the lawn difficult to mow.



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  #957175 25-Dec-2013 08:32
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Thanks guys for your help.
Looks like its the old stanley knife trick for me then




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  #957185 25-Dec-2013 09:18
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psychrn: We got 4 large overgrows flax bushes growing up the side of the house.
Large leaves over hanging a lawn section that is making it difficult to access to mow.

If I had my way Id take them all out as they are a bit of an eyesore.


Flaxes come in different sizes, you could replace the big ones with a smaller variety if management insists on flax.

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  #957188 25-Dec-2013 09:39
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We have a range of different varieties around the place.  Some a bit close to the lawn!  My wife isn't keen on me slicing them because of the appearance.  So what I do with most of mine that need a "trim" is simply to pull the leaves out (there is a bit of a difference between species - some are easier than others).  You just wrap the flax leaf around your hands one at a time (gloves help!) and yank downwards and outwards.  You need to do the outside ones on each sheath (i.e. work from outside in on each sheath) - so its very much one at a time.  Trying to pull ones that are not on the outside of a sheath is doomed to failure!!  Occasionally I will remove a whole sheath of leaves if required - combination of pulling and sharp tree-planting spade to separate it from the whole clump (but small tomahawk or similar will do as well).  However, if you don't mind the look of the straight edges left when you cut them then, as others have suggested, this works fine also.





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  #957250 25-Dec-2013 14:13
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i once hired a guy to "trim" my flaxes ... he used is bared hands and pulled out all the "leaflets" going from the outside -> in. when he left i tried and nothing happened.

i asked my in laws and they suggested a tractor. i used a shovel and took me 1 month to get rid of one so i stopped.




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  #957256 25-Dec-2013 15:25
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psychrn: Thanks guys for your help.
Looks like its the old stanley knife trick for me then


We use these at work http://www.niwashi.co.nz/niwashi/Garden_Shark.html  have hundreds of flax to keep tidy . Best thing since a bread slice, probably safer than a Stanley knife and easier on the hands than pulling

As others have suggested cut as close to the base as possible on each leaf, or dig them out and divide the clumps



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  #957413 26-Dec-2013 08:34
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When we built our new house we discovered a community group that does flax weaving. They came and removed our flaxes (flaxi???) for free and very carefully, saying it was actually a very rare type and they are going to replant/cultivate it. So we did not have to lift a finger, the plant was put to good use, and the hole tidied up for us.




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  #957438 26-Dec-2013 09:40
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psychrn: Thanks guys for your help.
Looks like its the old stanley knife trick for me then


We use these at work http://www.niwashi.co.nz/niwashi/Garden_Shark.html  have hundreds of flax to keep tidy . Best thing since a bread slice, probably safer than a Stanley knife and easier on the hands than pulling

As others have suggested cut as close to the base as possible on each leaf, or dig them out and divide the clumps




These are the best thing ever for cutting them back. If you want to pull them out I recommend round up with some dish washing soap in the mix, then spray it on the top and bottom of the leaves. Then come back once it's browns and pull them out. In my experience this causes the roots to loose their grip and then they come out easier

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