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Conifers, will the 2 in the picture ever look well?

LsinshirleyLsinshirley Posts: 64

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  • LsinshirleyLsinshirley Posts: 64
    Ok, so I am now feeling sad for the Tulips, it’s windy today 🤓. It’s the branchy bits on the conifers that make them look tatty. Do the conifers need to go, or will they look better in time. Maybe they have come to the end of their life? 🤔
  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,679
    I believe that once you cut into the dead area they do not regenerate green leaves.  I'm sure someone who has more knowledge than me will come along and help.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • LsinshirleyLsinshirley Posts: 64
    I believe that once you cut into the dead area they do not regenerate green leaves.  I'm sure someone who has more knowledge than me will come along and help.
    Thank you, I moved here last year and I am watching what transforms in the garden, I suspect these conifers may have to go…. I will be patient…. Or try to be….. Thank you for your thoughts. 
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze South NottsPosts: 1,215
    @Lsinshirley My first thought was do you need them both? It is not very likely that these areas will improve, has another plant covered the one on the left and blocked the light? Junipers and Thujas can be pruned, someone else will know what they are. You will probably find the fence behind is a different colour and also that the conifers are dead where they face the fence.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    No - those bits won't regrow. Those are better removed, and then you can't plant something more attractive  :)
    They're not really adding anything to the surroundings, and you've got some evergreens there already, so unless you just want to hide the fence with greenery of some kind, there are plenty of  other shrubs or climbers that would give you a nicer backdrop, depending on aspect and soil etc.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • didywdidyw East SuffolkPosts: 1,736
    I inherited lumpy old conifers in my garden when we moved here 20 years ago.  They did nothing except suck up the moisture and the light so I hoiked 'em out.
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