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My privet hedges (adjoining next door's garden) are pretty sad looking for the bottom 24".The rest looks healthy & green.

How can I rejuvenate the lower levels, please?

I have already pulled out a lot of old dead wood & clip them regularly in season.

New plants ? ................ Fertilise the roots?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    A good cut back, feed and water. They're very good at coming back from nothing. Don't let the top get wider than the bottom. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Fish2Fish2 Posts: 11

    Thanks. I do trim the top narrower but can't really cut them down as they are the barrier (?) between 2 semi detached houses.

    Manure pellets or Growmore or leafmould around the roots ?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,358

    one of the first 2 and some of the third would do nicely with plenty of water. That is the trouble with hedges isn't it. We know they'd sometimes benefit from a severe cut back but it leaves you so exposed.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Fish2Fish2 Posts: 11

    Indeed ......... & at my age the less exposed the better !

    I will give it all a try tomorrow.

    I reckon I should probably fork some holes around the the roots too. 

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