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Does anyone know what could be causing the leaves to fall off my beech hedge. They have stopped on in previous years but this year they have started to fall away, starting from a small area in the centre of the hedge and now spreading both ways leaving the hedge looking bare



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,244

    Ihave a patch like that. It is in the part of the hedge that is driest, due to the overhanging oak tree. I assume its because of the hot,dry summer.

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  • In reply to "hollie hock", it is definitely unusual. The leaves normally turn brown and stop on through the winter, but at the moment we have a large bare area that is getting bigger by the day.

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Mine is okay, just turning bronze, it does keep most of it's leaves until spring. I have watered it during very dry summer, currently had rain for 5 days. Soz but I can't help you Taffsdad. Posted so you will move back up and someone might know what is wrong.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,037

    If I remember correctly, beech hedges retain their brown leaves because they're clipped so most of the shoots are young growth.  Older growth drops its leaves as on beech trees.  My best guess is that if you clip back the twigs/branches in the area where it's dropping leaves, this time next year it will retain them.

    In short image keep the growth as young as possible and it will retain its leaves.  image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,244

    The OH cuts in in August. It usually retains its leaves until spring,but there is a patch in the dry spot, where all the leaves have droped.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,037

    Possibly if it was too dry it wouldn't have put on much young growth?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I'm hoping to plant a beech hedge soon - can anyone tell me please if

    I've left it too late for  this year, as my local GC doesn't have any beech

    hedging at all?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,244

    You caan buy bareroot whips of beech now for hedging. Plant from now up to March.


  • Thanks FB I'll check that out!  So glad I haven't left it too late for this year! image

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