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Hi. I have an old hedge that has been removed but the stumps are still there. I want to create a flowering border in its place. Will anything grow if I do that?


  • Each one has about six inches showing. It was quite well established when I took it down. Was planning on just planting around them. I have to admit I’m new to this gardening. 
  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087
    edited April 2019
    Reducing down to a stump will not stop the new growth sprouting up, which would be an eye sore at least 
    The major problem is that the hedge will still remove nutrients and moisture from the planting area and could effect plant petformance 
    You could kill them off by drilling holes into the stump and applying a solution that kills the stumps over a long period. 
    Personally, if your planning a new boarder, I would physically remove them mainly using a Matlock to remove the soil around the stumps and a metal fence bar to cut through the roots. Once removed, apply some manure/compost to the area to recondition the soil before planting out.
    Best of luck and enjoy the gym workout 😀😀
  • That’s great. Thanks for the advice. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    What kind of hedge is it though?
    If it's conifer, it won't regrow, but the stumps will be unsightly, unless they've been taken right back to the ankles. They will eventually rot though. Depending on what the area is like, you could raise the border a bit with some new edging, and backfill. It will be tricky to plant into otherwise.

    A photo would be helpful  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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