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Why isn't my box hedge growing properly?

A previous owner of my house planted some box hedging along a boundary. Some of it is growing nicely whereas one end is not growing at all. 

I have been told that there used to be a brick path running alongside where they have been planted. Could something to do with this be causing the issues? 

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can try? 

Ive attached a few pics. Thanks in advance. 




  • I have to say, it doesn't look that bad. At least there's no blight. The little clusters of flower indicate that it's not been clipped since last year. I would give it a haircut, all to the same height, perhaps about three inches off and then weed round it and feed it with something like a sprinkling of fish, blood and bone to give it something on which to draw some energy for its first flush of growth.  I'd do that in about a month's time and then see how it goes


  • Thanks for your replies so far. So it sounds like I shouldn't be worried that some seem to be growing an others not so much, which is good. 

    Should have said before, a couple of patches have red leaves. Should I be worried about this? image

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Frost damage?

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • That's just because it needs a feed. That's typical of plants that are under stress, particularly in pots, either from drought or starvation.  It'll come through that with a bit of care


  • Lion SLion S Posts: 263

    This reddish colour indicates that the soil is getting too compacted or is waterlogged (during Winter?) Sometimes this is also visible when there's only roots and no soil.

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