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Hedge dying?

Hi, I have a large hedge at the top of my garden and until recently it has been in great health, however the last few weeks it’s started to go brown in places, we thought it could be due to the snow and bad weather we have had recently? Any recommendations to help? There are a lot of birds nesting in the hedge and I don’t wants to see it die. I’m a complete gardening novice so don’t have a clue! 

Thanks, Emma 


  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904
    edited March 2018
    I have similar symptoms on escallonia and Berberis darwinii and put it down to a darned good frosting in the terrible weather. I'm hoping they recover. I thought my Berberis was bullet proof!
  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653
    Pyracantha are prone to a few diseases but this doesn't look like the case. It typically has black spots, this looks like frost damage as PP says to an evergreen as it's the tips. 
  • Thanks for the reply’s. Is there anything I can do to help it? Or just cross my fingers and hope that it recovers? 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,174
    It will recover  :)  
    You could scatter some Fish, Blood & Bone (a slow acting organic fertiliser) around the root area, at the rate directed on the pack.  That'll help perk it up when the weather improves. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,656
    I agree.  Frost damage.   Feed it and leave it to recover.

    It is illegal now to cut hedges where birds nest between the beginning of March and end of July altho some smaller birds carry on having broods into September if it's a good season so you may disturb them if you prune in summer too so try and wait till early autumn.  However, all is not lost.  New growth should soon hide the brown bits and it'll look fine and be very busy too.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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