Can anyone determine what hedge this is?

dairob96dairob96 Posts: 15


I have purchased a new property with this hedging and unfortunately it had severely overgrown. Can anyone tell what plant this is as I fear I may have taken it back to far as I'm led to believe that some conifers won't come back.
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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 10,941
    That is a dead Leylandii, and your right, it won’t ever look any better than that. Can you take it right out and grow something nice in its place.?
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
    Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose. 
  • dairob96dairob96 Posts: 15
    As feared then! The previous owners have let these hedges over grow with tress, compost bins amongst other things in the middle. I am reluctant to lose the hedge because it provides a good screen. Is there anything that could bolster the bottom as the top half looks healthy 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 18,782
    dairob96 said:
     Is there anything that could bolster the bottom as the top half looks healthy 
    Short answer: no.
    As my dear late Mother would have said: "act in haste, repent at leisure"
    Devon.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 10,941
    In my opinion, No, itnwill always look like a dead hedge whatever you try and put in the front of it. 
    If you want an instant (ish) hedge for screening, you could use Laurel, not liked by some but a very useful, evergreen and very quick growing hedge for privacy. 
    You do need to keep it trimmed in its first years to get it to bush right from the base, and don’t buy them big at the start, Best to buy about 2’ tall,  you will need to improve the ground once the conifers are out, but laurel don’t need feeding, so are a very forgiving plant. 
    Once they have settled they’ll grow about 2/3’ in a year. 
    Theres a good thread on here about tending laurel, if you are interested I can find it for you.🙂😇
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
    Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose. 
  • dairob96dairob96 Posts: 15
    There is no repent what so ever. The hedge was getting trimmed back as far as possible regardless so I can utilise the space for my son. If I have to buy a load of 6ft plants to replace them then so be it.

    I am looking for solutions not useless comments 
  • dairob96dairob96 Posts: 15
    Thanks Lyn, I've read up about laurel but apparently these are poisonous to animals? I have a collie who chews anything green like a cow so I am a little apprehensive about having these 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 10,941
    Buying 6’ plants won’t work, if you look at the laurel thread you will see the mistake in buying tall plants in the first place. 
    Of course , if you thought my comments were useless then I suggest you get on and do exactly as you like.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
    Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 18,782
    some folk think they know all the answers . 
    Have fun with your wrecked hedge.

    Devon.
  • dairob96dairob96 Posts: 15
    That wasn't aimed at you Lyn. You've been very helpful. That was aimed at the comment above 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 18,782
    another one for the handy "ignore" list.
    Devon.
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