We are based in Dublin, Ireland.
We have a pair of mature lime trees at the end of our garden.
Both trees have a vigorous growth of shoots, about 6-8 feet tall
We want to construct a wooden fence near one of the trees. We have bee
that if we cut back the shoots, in order to erect the fence a bi
the tree, they will just grow back more vigourously.
We have also been told that if we erect the fence without cutting bac
shoots, but erect it as near as possible to the shoots that;
a. It will be difficult to maintain the fence (self evident,
b. Moisture from the shoots and the tree itself, particularly afte
will only serve to keep the fence damp and greatly shorten its life
fence faces due North on the tree side, so drying/airing the fenc
a bit problematical if it is very close to the tree.
The only thing against this is that the guy erecting the fence claim
the wood is pressure treated and virtually immune to weather damage.
There is no question of adversely affecting the tree in any way, bu
is a bit of an issue with neighbours about the line of the fence. Th
it is to the tree, the more ground they will have on their (Sout
If we could persuade our neighbours to run the fence, say, 2 feet fro
shoots, would they grow out to it anyway? Or do they tend to achieve
critical mass and stay they way they are?