Newbie planning to replant a conifer hedge!!
Wondered if you could help me with some guidance re my project from hell!!
We have inherited 55+ 'yellow' conifers that are about 15ft tall and bald from 0-5ft. Many people have advised that the best way to get the privacy that we want is to dig up this hedge and replant another one - so that's what we've planned to do!!
I've been advised to go for Western Cedar trees instead of these Leylandi baldies and these will come as soon as we get the old ones out.
My questions are:
a) Are we right in going for the Western Cedar?
b) We want a full and thick (I want a blackout!) hedge from 0-6/7ft - how far apart should we plant them?
c) Should we leave the ground alone for a while between taking the old out and putting the new in? If so how long?
d) Should we do anything to the soil inbetween the old and new change over?
e) Is there a 'management' bible on how and when to trim the trees to get the blackout effect that we want??
Sorry for all the questions, but thanks for any advice you can give - complete newbie!!!!!!!!