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we have recently moved in to our house and would love to keep the hedge however as you can see there is a large chunk missing in the middle any ideas on how we could repair this hole? 

Thanks so much in advance!! 


  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,109
    @retinol_zippy0o Do you know what sort of hedge this is not sure from photo.
  • retinol_zippy0oretinol_zippy0o Posts: 3
    edited 2 April
    @GardenerSuze I think it’s it privet hedge..but we are amateurs in all things gardening 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,095
    It does look like privet, but a close up would confirm   :)
    Privet can be prone to honey fungus, but if it's healthy, you can often take some stems across the gap and tie them in to others. You might need to let a few grow in order to do that, and it'll be growing away soon so you wouldn't need to wait too long. It might take a while to get decent coverage, but it's fairly easy to do. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,063
    Yes, close-up needed. The gap could be due to any number of reasons from honey fungus to something having been leaned up against it blocking the light, an over-enthusiastic child falling into it and breaking some branches, another shrub in front that blocked the light but has been removed. If it's not a diseased plant it'll grow back, and if it is you can do as @Fairygirl says with branches from the good bits either side.
  • @Fairygirl @JennyJ thank you both for your replies!! I have attached some close ups which will hopefully help :smile: 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,095
    The first thing to do is remove that tree sapling that's growing through it. That could be taking a fair bit of moisture from the privet, which won't be helpful. Privet likes a good amount of moisture.  :)
    You can see the vary solid 'trunk' with new foliage emerging on it. You may not be able to dig it out, so you can either keep cutting it right back to the ground, or try a weedkiller carefully applied. You'd probably need something stronger than the stuff for basic perennial weeds, and they tend to be best applied over winter - the stumpkiller types are the ones to use.
    You can try just cutting back every time it appear until autumn, and see what happens. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,063
    Good shout @Fairygirl . I reckon the tree's been clipped as part of the hedge for some time but is deciduous and hasn't come fully into leaf yet.
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