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Hi Everyone
I have a problem with my privet hedge. The leaves have turned from dark green to bright green and look crinkled. Only a small part of the hedge has remained dark green with normal leaves.
Can anyone help with how or if I can correct this please


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,991
    They look very dry. Privet likes loads of moisture, and a decent base [soil] to start off with. When was it planted?
    That plastic won't be helping - its seems to be right up against the roots/main stems. That will also prevent water getting into the roots.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • edited June 2022
    Thank you for your reply. 
    It was planted middle of March as bare roots. Dipped in root grow. Chicken pellet fertiliser. 
    I water it on a regular basis. So most days if we haven't had rain. 
    The hedge I planted on the other side at the same time etc. has the same problem and there is turf that side.
    The weed barrier you see is down temporarily to stop weeds before I lay turf. But will roll it back. 
    It was growing very well and is about to flower. The leaf change in colour/crinkly leaves started about a month ago. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,991
    How much water are you giving it though? New hedging, or any shrub, needs a full watering can every couple of days on each one, to encourage roots to get right down. If they're watered too lightly, the roots stay near the surface, which isn't good.
    March and April were very dry in many areas, so it's even more important to water deeply. They're also big specimens, which makes it harder for the root systems to cope with all the foliage, especially right at the end of bare root season. It's easier to plant them in later autumn or through winter, because of conditions being more suitable. They'd have benefited from being cut back  bit too, as that makes it easier for them to establish  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,614
    If you lay turf right up to the trunks of the hedge, the grass will compete for moisture and it won't be good for either the hedge or the lawn. It's best to leave a border of maybe 12 to 18 inches between the two so that they each get the water they need.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Thankyou, I am planning on laying the turf at least a foot and a half from the hedge. 
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