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Hole in my hedge

Hi, my question is regarding my hedge. A car drove through the centre of my hedge and so I have a hole in my hedge. What is the best way to rectify this? Can I just replant in the middle of do I need to rip it all out and start from scratch? Thanks in advance for any advice xx

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,611

    You can re-palnt but fork over the soil well to remove all weeds and big stones then bung on a good bucketful or two of well rotted garden compost or manure or even just bought in multi-purpose compost mixed with some bonemeal.  Plant small new shrubs - one or two depending on planting distance of the others, water well and leave to grow up.  

    It will take a while but establish more quickly and better than trying to plant full sized shrubs.   Do this in autumn when the soil is moist and warm and the plants have a chance to establish a good root system while the top half is more or less dormant.

    In the meantime, put in a couple of stakes or bamboo stems with wires or mesh attached to protect the soil and plants and plug the gap and stop critters or people using it as a thoroughfare.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thank you obelixx. That's really helpful advice. I will try and get some smaller shrubs and just be patient to fill in the gap. 

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