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Laurel Hedging - 'recently' planted maintenance

Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,115
We are shortly moving and the property has had a healthy looking laurel hedge planted along one boundary. My guess is they've been in the ground around 2 or 3 years when this boundary was put in. The plants look in good nick but don't appear to have been pruned recently or at all even. Some are higher than the 6ft fence they are against but not filled out fully yet although not far off.

Just looking for guidance as to looking after them when we move in which will probably be another 6-8 weeks so the weather / seasonal conditions may also play a part? Should I be looking to reduce them in height? I guess we'd be happy for them to be c6ft. Higher is not needed as we are not overlooked and I don't want to take the neighbours light.

Sorry, don't have any pics at this point.

Thanks

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,245
    If your weather's favourable when you move in, you could prune them back. They aren't easy to kill  ;)
    However, you may have other things to do which are more important at that point, so you could wait until March/April instead. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,115
    You're not wrong there @Fairygirl :)

    When you say favourable would that be no imminent frosts? Or? 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,245
    Any cut stems might get a bit frosted, but even then - it's unlikely to see them off.
    It's a common occurrence here on lots of shrubs, but the blackened tips can just be broken off. 
    It doesn't stop me pruning stems off things if I feel they need it - we get frosts from October onwards, and I've often taken stuff off at this time of year. I don't think I've lost any hardy shrubs or hedges yet  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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