Save my hedge?
full disclosure: I am not a gardener. In fact plants usually die in my care but last year we bought a house with hedges that block the sound of the busy road. I think they are dying and i don't know what to do. I've read some stuff online about pruning but I'm still not sure what my hedge really needs. A couple of them were brown but we didn't give it much thought..now two of the hedges have died completely and we cut them down for fear of fire hazard. A couple more are brown and the ones that are green are brown inside. I don't even know what kind of hedge it is. It smells cedar-y. I have a pruner thing... not sure what to do really. Not sure if it's normal for them to be brown inside. I stuck my arms in today and shook out all the dead pine needles because that seemed sensible to me. a family member told me to cut downwards into them at a 45 degree angle to allow sunlight and I ended up with a gaping hole because I think I cut a pretty big branch. I've also noticed the occasional spade shape leaves vine around the base but there's not a lot of it and it doesn't appear to be growing inside.