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Beech hedge too much or too little water?

Hello 
I planted a beech hedge last Sept from pots. There was a wholly aphids slight issue noticed in may so I sprayed the hedge. I've notice now tho that the leaves are browning and seems to be loosing that deep green colour on some leaves
It's been a really hot may and I have been watering via a leaky hose every few nights (I did give a couple of soakings too. I'm wondering now if too much or too little. The branches are nice and bendy. Was thinking to stroll around the village and see how the other beeches are coping right now for some reassurance on mine. 

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  • TaraogTaraog Posts: 3
    A few more pics of the hedge. Ive also noticed on a couple of the trunks, looks like a bit of bark has been stripped. Might be from the strimmer a few weeks back


  • JoeXJoeX Posts: 1,731
    Im giving my twelve a heavy soaking once per week from the hose, concentrate it at the base of each tree for about a minute - keep going after it puddles as it all drains down in a few minutes, then move in to the next one.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,179
    I'd remove all the weeds/grass from the base - they're just competition-  and give it a trim now. It'll encourage new growth and bushiness. Take a bit off the height too.
    The browning foliage is nothing serious. Just weather. 
    Make sure when you water - you water properly, as @JoeX describes. A canful at each stem, or the hose for a good while. Then leave for a few days. If you just water the surface, it doesn't get down properly into the ground, and doesn't encourage the roots to get down either. That's what you need so that the hedge roots can access water in future during dry spells. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,629
    edited June 2020
    Hand-weed around the base of the hedge - it's too easy to nick the bark with a strimmer (and it doesn't dig out the roots of the weeds and grass so they'll just grow right back).
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,179
    I agree @JennyJ - horrible things, strimmers.  :/
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,629
    I don't own one any more. I had one when we first moved in and were faced with badly overgrown grass but when it packed in I didn't replace it.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,179
    Useful for a rough area needing cleared, but not for anywhere near  young trees/shrubs or valuable plants  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • TaraogTaraog Posts: 3
    Do you guys think the strimmer may have done lasting damage? The bark isnt nicked the full way around so presuming nutrition will still run? 

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