Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,548
    Tetley wrote (see)

    Well, that is ...fairly brave  image    think I may have been a bit braver though.   Your plants are actually a bit close together. 

    Now wait....they have some work to do underground.  The less they support on the top, the more root they will grow.   Let them get on with it, and stop worrying.   

    I'd have tried to be a bit braver too - I'd take them down to knee-height - perhaps you have long legs? image  But ok, you've done it and even if you don't reduce it any lower you'll still get a hedge - just lower would encourage quicker and thicker growth.

    As Tetley says, the roots have got to get established now, so don't worry about them, let them get on with it - don't expect to see anything happen now until next year - if it does, then that's a bonus image

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  • dan9dan9 Posts: 8

    Every cut made me wince initially....but after a few plants I just got on with it.  The photos might not show it but they did get lower the more I did.  Yes I do have long legs image  

    This heavy rain this morning is a bonus.  Should help the feed down into the soil.

    I'll keep this thread updated.  Hopefully the OP does the same with his hedge.

    Thanks

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,548

    That's it - you really only have to be brave when cutting back the first one - the rest you have to do so it doesn't look silly! image

    Looking forward to the updates image

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  • Id like to get rid of my laurel but the roots are far too big to do so without a huge amount of work. It grows too thick and fast for me.  And you lot want it to be faster! imageimageimage

  • Dan9:   "Hopefully the OP does the same with his hedge."

     

    I cut mine back to about half, 6 months ago. Getting some growth now.... although the new growth is swarming with little black flies and wasps which I hadn't banked on!

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  • dan9dan9 Posts: 8

    Looking great.  Very encouraging after looking back at your initial photos.  Has it really been 6 months?  4 months max i'd say.  So that's even more encouraging.

  • dan9dan9 Posts: 8

    Updates from me. :)

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    How you doing befuddled?

    Last edited: 22 May 2016 14:54:58

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,999

    Coming on lovely Dan. If they were mine  I would have those long bits down by half this year, they will then shoot out right fron the base, they will grow loads this year they look as they are becoming well established, and then that will probably do. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • dan9dan9 Posts: 8

    Thank you Lyn.  I did give them a chop last week when I weeded the ground before putting the gravel down.  Before the gravel I did another feed and a layer of mulch.

    So you think another chop now would be good or during the summer?

    Thanks

    Dan

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,999

    I would do it now Dan then they've got all summer to catch up, and boy, they certainly will, you will love that hedge by the Autumn.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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