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Laurel Hedging

I have a Laurel hedge about 5 ft high and it looks very healthy and thick on the top half.  However, low down from the ground up it is quite thin on leaves.  It is not very old, perhaps 9 years.

What should I use or do to encourage lower growth ?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,572

    Snip it back all over but keep it narrower at the top so the bottom isn't shaded

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    The only way I know of is to cut it back quite hard.  You will temporarily lose the height of course, but hard pruning is always followed by much stronger growth and you'll end up with a much better balanced hedge.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 20,609

    I agree with Bob, hard but much needed, it will romp away though afterwards. 

    These hedges should be cut down a bit right from planting, but not too late, you are catching it at its best time.

    I would cut at least 18 inches to 2ft off it.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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