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Will this conifer recover?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093
    no, conifers don't recover
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,847
    I agree ... it will always look like that. Those trees only produce new growth from green branches ... once you cut back into the brown that's the best they're ever going to look  :(
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,847
    You are very optimistic Freddies Dad ... I do like that in a gardener  :)   ... but you are expecting a lot from those few little green bits ...  :/
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,847
    Camouflage netting perhaps?  ;)
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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Bath, SomersetPosts: 4,416
    Is this brown side inside the garden or facing the road? If the latter, I would just live with it on the basis that you will only see it occasionally!
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 3,299
    Agree that the brown will not recover. Good point from @Lizzie27 - if it's garden-side then you could put pots of climbers on the wall maybe? If it's there for privacy then you will miss it if you cut down - I don't think it looks that bad. 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 2,661
    Or you could grow something over it. One or more of the Tropoleums would be perfect. Start with the annual T. peregrinum (Canary creeper) or even some of the ordinary climbing nasturtiums (T.majus) and then progress to the perennial flame flower, T. speciosum. None of them would damage what remains of the hedge, but they would give foliage and bright flowers to improve the appearance.
  • Windways137Windways137 Posts: 13
    edited March 2018
    It’s the boundary of our drive and provides security. I’d never even thought about growing something over it! I think this could work really well as further along the conifer still seems healthy. 


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