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Hi all, I have just moved to a new build house and have this growing at the front. It has been planted in a way that suggests it will grow into a hedge but just wanted to ID it so I know how to look after it correctly. Can anyone help and let me know what this is?

Thanks

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,559
    Looks like privet to me
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    Me too  :)
    It'll need a bit of trimming to get it bushier, but other than that, it won't need much attention. 
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    Pete.8 said:
    Looks like privet to me
    Me too.  If they were mine I reduce the height of the whole hedge to about 3 ft at the most.  That'll encourage them to bush out and form a thick hedge ... at the moment they're just getting tall and lanky and will never make a good dense hedge.  
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  • Thanks all. Can I keep it short? It's at eye level and I don't want it blocking the view out of the window.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    Yes ... as per my post above (think we cross-posted).  
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  • Thanks, and apologies for all the questions but I am very much a gardening novice, when is the best time of year to trim back?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,433
    You can do it now if you feel like it and there's no major frosts forecast for the next few days, and even then, it won't kill it. Privet's very tough.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Thank you
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