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Restoring hedge health after removing ivy

After removing a lot of ivy which had blocked light to and killed large sections of hedge, we would like to restore the hedge thickness as they are now quite thin (and missing in places). The hedges are privet and are likely very old.

I have been unable to find any information on what to feed them or how to treat them to restore their health. Any help would be much appreciated.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,252

    Try putting a mulch of well rotted Farm Yard Manure or home made compost along the hedge line. A good sprinkling of a fertiliser such as blood fish and bone will likely help too. A hedge will use a lot of water, so a soaker hose laid along the base and turned on for a few hours once a week is probably a good idea too.

     If large portions are dead, you may need to remove and replant, but I would do that in the winter, not in the growing season.

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