We have a hedge down the right hand side of our garden. It seems that it has been left for a few years without any maintenance. I wondered if any of you might be able to give me some ideas on how to get it back under control. There seems to be about 3 ft of dead space at the back of the hedge before the boundary.
The plants are Snowberry and rhododendron's. I only found one of the rhododendron's last year when I cut back the snowberry a bit. It seems that snowberry is really invasive and I've found shoots about 5 ft further into the lawn which I try and keep cutting back.
I'm thinking that I should cut back the snowberry and let the rhodo's flourish more. I found an azalea today too. Should I also cut back the rhodo after it has flowered so that I can move the hedge back a bit so it doesn't keep invading the garden?
It seems that the hedge goes snowberry rhodo, snowberry rhodo. The snowberry is coming out past two ornamental fruit trees that had been put in. I'm thinking I should take the hedge back in line with those trees, would that be a good idea?
Sorry it is hard to show in photo's but I hope you get some idea. The rhododendron's are quite leggy, as there used to be lots of shade in the garden but we have removed some big trees and cut down the boundary level to let more light in.
a photo from last spring.
I hope someone can help me with some idea of how to tidy things up.