Help!...Our beautiful hedge is dying :(

Tony1234Tony1234 Posts: 4
edited June 2018 in Plants
Hi all,

Please see a photo of our driveway hedge which gives a really nice thick natural barrier between us and the road.

As you can see unfortunately some nasty aphid (we think) has attacked it!. 

Can anyone please advise on what the best approach would be?...we would ideally like to save the hedge but the brown stuff seems to be all along the length although mainly at the end.

Many thanks!

Tony 
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  • K67K67 Leicestershire Posts: 554
    Most conifer hedges except yew will not regrow so pretty doubtful you can repair this. 
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,966
    Have you seen any signs of beasties?  or Has it been cut back hard recently?  It looks like Leylandii which I thought was bombproof re pests. I may be wrong about that!
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,088
    I think it's been cut back too hard and won't regrow
  • LauraRoslinLauraRoslin Posts: 496
    I think so too.  Unfortunately that kind of hedging dies on the inside and it does look like it's been recently cut.
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  • BenDoverBenDover Posts: 426
    If it's Leylandii Aphid then you could spray it with Provado, but only if you are absolutely sure there is nothing nesting in it.  if there are birds, don't spray!  Unfortunately, even if you kill the aphids it will probably never recover and if it does it will be very slow.  You may have to grab the bull by the horns and remove and replant with something like yew, which unlike Leylandii, will grow back from old wood.  Yew won't be as fast growing as Leylandii, but I planted one this year and it's already grown a foot in around 8 weeks.  Another potential is Laurel.  I have a hedge of laurel at the front of my garden facing the road and I keep it at around 7 foot height, with a trim in August using a hedge trimmer (some people say use secateurs but that would take forever).
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,412
    Have to agree.  That can't be saved.  It could be trimming into brown
    wood, aphids or a fungal disease but whichever it is, they will not green up again from brown wood.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,606
    edited June 2018
    I'd rip that out and replace it with either a yew or a lovely dark green holly hedge  :)
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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,394
    I'd rip that out and replace it with either a yew or a lovely dark green holly hedge  :)
    Ditto. I wouldn't call a Leylandii hedge "a really nice thick natural barrier". Nor a laurel hedge, for that matter.  ;) There is such a large choice of alternatives.
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 2,584
    How about hawthorn?  Flowers for the insects and for prettiness, berries for the birds, thorns to deter vandals.
  • Tony1234Tony1234 Posts: 4
    Thanks so much everyone.
    Plenty of good suggestions there.
    🤔
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