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Hedge help

So when we moved into the house a section of the perimeter privet hedge was renewed and panelled fencing placed behind for privacy. 4 years on the storms blew the fencing down revealing very spindly, tallish stalks. We want a full hedge to fit in with the rest of the boundary hedge. How do we achieve this? I fear we need to cut it down a bit and sacrifice privacy? If so by how much? Is it better to stagger the pruning and do some this year and some next?  Do I need to fill the gaps with more hedging? I’ve heard I could also weave the stalks into shape? Any advice gratefully received. Sylvie (photos attached)


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 7,672
    The best way to encourage it to grow bushy is to cut it back, maybe give it a feed and keep it well-watered over the summer. Removing the grass from the base of the hedge will also help it along - less competition for water and nutrients.
    I'm also wondering if a hedge-laying type of approach might work faster, but I'm no expert on that.
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