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Hi can someone tell me if I can save and how to save these hedges image

I don't know what kind they are or how long they have been here. I recently moved to a new house. image


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    looks like privet. I'd suggest cutting it in half and weeding around the base, feeding and mulching and watering.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989

    Yes cut them hard back and then weed and feed as Hosta has described. Your hedge will thicken up and grow well  - when trimming it in the future make the sides slightly sloped as an 'A' shape - this will make sure that enough light reaches the bottom of the plants and leaves grow down to the bottom rather than developing 'bare legs'. 

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

  • KeyanaKeyana Posts: 2

    Thank you so much everyone. What kind of weed and feed would you all suggest for good fast growth and results?

    Also, some of the twigs are very dry and hard some were so easily to break, should I go throughand break all of those or will they come alive after maintenance?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989

    You'll have to pull the weeds out by hand, loosening the roots with a small hand fork or trowel ... any weedkiller will kill the hedge too.

    As for feeding - I use Fish, Blood & Bone which is a slow release organic fertiliser - available from most garden centres, DIY places etc either in powder or pellet form - follow the pack instructions for amounts etc.  I use it twice a year, once in the spring and again in mid summer.  

    If the twigs are dry and brittle and have no leaves anywhere on them, snip them out with a pair of secateurs.  Getting rid of them will allow more air circulation which will improve the health of your hedge.

     Reducing the height of the hedge by half at this time of year will ensure good fast growth and a handsome hedge image

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

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