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Huge bramble in my laurel hedge

I have a big old bramble growing right out of the top of my laurel hedge image unfortunately because of its position, I have no way of getting at the base of it without cutting part of my hedge down, as it's so thickly planted at that point, so digging it out is nigh possible. Is there anything I can do, aside from keep cutting the top of it where it emerges from the hedge to minimise the appearance? Kill it with fire? Swear at it?


  • The last two suggestions weren't serious, although number two may have already occurred image
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Treat the exposed leaves with a brushwood killer, paint it on and it'll die off.

  • EsspeeEsspee Posts: 274

    You could try painting it with a systemic weed killer, I would put it into a plastic bag first  to protect the laurel then paint it, seal the bag then wait.  If it doesn't work try bruising the shoot and painting again.

  • Thanks Dave, that's definitely worth a try? Having read some bits on the tinterweb, they suggested doing this but only after you'd cut it right back to the ground level (which obviously isn't an option).

  • Thanks Esspee, good tip re: the plastic bag.

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