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Hedge problem

Hi, was wondering if anyone could please tell me what’s wrong with these hedges it looks really bare. Also how easy is it to get these up to put in some native wildlife hedging? There’s these intertwined with another hedge I have posted below. 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Hard to make out but the first 2 look like privet which often looks like that at this time of the year.  A trim back now would be good if you keep it and it should gree-up nicely.  Privet is not particularly deep rooted so removal isn't too bad (in days of yore, folk used to tie a rope around the base of the trunk, car axle and tear them out.)  Getting rid of the removed hedge is a problem though so consider getting someone in to remove and put them through a chipper.  I has a 20ft privet hedge removed with roots ground out and cost £250.
    You last photo look like bush vetch (Vicia sepium) growing through the hedge.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • GemmaJFGemmaJF Posts: 2,286
    An alternative way to clear is to cut to a few inches above ground level, split the main stem and paint with root out. That's how I got rid of 40 foot of privet hedge. If time is not a factor, the roots will be practically rotted out 12 months later. 
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    I agree the last photo looks like Lonicera Nitida. Can be pruned back. 
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