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Laurel Hedging

Hi can anyone pls advise me.  I have just moved into a new property and it has a huge corner plot front garden with Laurel Hedging but unfortunatly it is not private due to the gaps in the hedging. I need it to be private so that we can sit bbq etc out there.  Is there a plant I can get that would grow in between to make it private.

Thank you



  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,393

    Plant more laurel in the gaps?

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,870

    That's what I would do Redwing ... or possibly the gaps are due to the previous owner being in too much of a hurry to get the hedge to grow tall, and didn't cut it back properly when it was newly planted in order to get it to thicken up.  In that case I'd bite the bullet and hard prune the whole hedge - it'll then thicken up as it grows.  

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

  • As Dove?Cut it back and it'll grow back thick as you want it. I've got lots and love the big leaves.

  • We got it back cause it was wild when we moved in but you could still see through it when wild. That was about 5 weeks ago. How long does it take to grow ?

  • It should be showing new growth now where you've cut it back, I trimmed one of out hedges about then after the birds had left the nests, it's new shoots are 5to6" long now. Next year will get good length . Stick with it.

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,284

    One question. What is the spacing between the plants at ground level?

  • Ours are 2' 6" apart. I've seen laurel cut down to ground and still they grow bushier than ever.

  • Peter-11Peter-11 Posts: 12

    I planted 60  5cm apart to encourage quick growth but read you can plant a metre apart I would hazard a guess that if you prune the top,it will get revenge by growing in every other direction possible, I pruned my mother in laws (avoiding the word bush ?) 12ft in height and width laurel to a stump and its grown back 3ft this year.

    Mine did nothing for two years clearly getting their roots established. Then they had a growth spurt establish more roots and off they go again, in summary the better the roots are established the quicker the growth subject to rain. The ones in the shade have grown better I think this is due to the ground not drying out as quick. Pictures taken 2012 to 2016 imageimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    wait til it really gets goingimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Peter-11 is that 2" apart or 20" apart? Looks like 50cm.image.looking good this year.image

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