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hi, I'm new to this gardening lark! Recently moved last September and the hedge was green and lush, I thought it would die out over winter but it is April now and still no sign of greening up.  Not sure what the hedge plants even are! Does anyone know why my hedge is still brown in April? has it died? Any advice? Thanks in advance

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  • Hi

    I think you might have a beech hedge (might be hornbeam but looks too dense) and the leaves will drop off and new green leaves will appear. 

  • Thank you, so it's not dead? Any idea when it will start to green up again? 

  • You should start seeing buds in the next 2/3 weeks.  My hornbeam is full of buds and leafing but my beech hasn't woken yet.  

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481

    It won't be long now - beech and hornbeam are lovely hedges - if you continue to clip them every year as has been done with yours it will hold onto the autumn leaves through the winter, thus increasing your privacy.  

    Instructions here https://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/gardening-advice/how-to-plant-hedge/beech-hedging-pruning 

    So much nicer than the boring Leylandii hedges.  You lucky thing image

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  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Not dead at all, mine is exactly the same although it's continuing to shed it's leaves now in preparation for the new ones. The amount of leaf mould I could make from the beech hedges & trees would fill many, many trucks.

  • Thank you everyone for your replies, was worried I had somehow killed it! looking forward to the new crop of green leaves. Kind regards. 

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