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01/06/2013 at 10:07

Hello everyone


I'm new to the forum and i have a query regarding my garden hedge which  a couple of years ago lost all it's leaves in the middle section leaving a gaping hole. Since then the dead section has spread outwards, i tried planting a new section there but this although hanging on to life has not flourished as hoped.

I'm very much a novice gardener so i'm at a loss what to do, there is a white paint-like smear on some areas if that helps.

Thank you for any advice you can give.

01/06/2013 at 19:05

Hello!  Sorry you've had no replies so far - perhaps it'd help if you could tell us what plant(s) your hedge consists of.  Is it all the same species?  Can you post some photos?  - several diffferent aspects including close-ups too if possible.

01/06/2013 at 20:36

ok thanks. will do.

01/06/2013 at 20:39

Good idea  

01/06/2013 at 21:42

Im guessing its a privet hedge that is suffering from honey fungus. Hows that for a precognition?

01/06/2013 at 21:52

Yes, that was my fear LF. One thing that affects my privet in snowy winters is mice/voles/some rodent or other, eating large amounts of bark to the point where large branches die. That's pretty random though, not spreading out froma point.

01/06/2013 at 22:20

The reason I thought that is because my privet suffered from honey fungus. I think it was coming from a nearby cherry tree that was rotting.


Heres a photo of the affected hedge, you can see the colur chage of the affected area...


I had to cut down the beautiful cherry tree and chase out its roots. No easy task. I waited for the cherry tree to have one last blossom before cutting it down. Heres the cherry tree in its final blossom...


And after its demise,


 I took the opportunity of creating a wildlife pond in its place...


I then had to dig out the affected parts of the hedge, along with a few healthy parts next to it. Fortunately I had some privet elsewhere in the garden to replace it with, So far its looking healthy. Fingers crossed. But I do miss that cherry tree

01/06/2013 at 22:22

That cherry tree has splendid blossom for a HF sufferer 

01/06/2013 at 22:26

True. But its branches were rotting away...



I can only assume it had honey fungus as they are prone to it. I took a gamble to be honest. I didnt want to loose the tree but I defunately didnt want to loose the hedge. But the tree got its own back, when lifting out the root ball I did my back in and two years later my back still isnt right!  

01/06/2013 at 22:28

That really doesn't look very well. .


01/06/2013 at 22:31

My thought exactly...



Threelawney, I hope the above is of use to you. HF can also grow on dead tree stumps if you have any in your garden. Saying that, yours might not be a privet hedge!

01/06/2013 at 22:33

I hope so. 

01/06/2013 at 23:00

Quick question for Leadfarmer - how deep did you dig the deepest bit of your wildlife pond? I've had a few conflicting opinions so yours would help as you've built one already

01/06/2013 at 23:08

It was about 3ft deep at its deepest part, with a shelf around the edge and a gentle slope from the edge. To be honest I used the hole left behind from the tree, just reshaped it a little.

01/06/2013 at 23:14

Thanks for letting me know.  Pity about the tree, but the pond looks good!

02/06/2013 at 10:53

I've had a "dying hedge" problem here. The near end of the privet hedge was dead, so I cut it out and got rid of it. Then the next couple of trees died too, so I cut them out and got rid of them. The fourth time round, I just left the dead trees there as a trellis for my akebia, and the dying stopped. Some of the stumps covered by the akebia are regrowing through it, too.

Where you've replanted in the gap, the soil's probably full of roots of surviving trees. I took several tries to get something to take in a gap in this hedge.

The hedge was 20ft tall and 6ft wide, obviously just left to grow since planting, when I moved in. I pruned it hard and found some gaps ... and some elder and ash trees ... and 4ft of flowerbed.

What seems to have finally worked for plugging the gap is digging out a pit in the gap and planting the new trees in compost in that, so they've got some space to themselves and some time before the established trees can spread roots their way and start competing. You can take this further by putting hemp sacking or something like that around the outside of the pit. It'll rot eventually, but it'll hold the other trees' roots back for a while before it does.

03/06/2013 at 14:11

Thanks for the replies. So there's no treatment for HF?

Where i've replanted the new hedge hasn't died it just hasn't grown. I thought maybe the soil was lacking so at various times i've added compost and manure but without any improvement.

So my best bet seems to be to get rid of the dead section and some healthy hedge on either side, then dig out as much as possible before planting new hedge.



03/06/2013 at 14:16

If it is honey fungus, unless you're commited to replanting the same species you could choose something from the rhs list of not so susceptibles

23/09/2013 at 13:46

Armillatox kills Honey Fungus and has been used by gardeners as such for decades. They are now prohibited from claiming that ability under European Law. so now it is described as a "Patio Cleaner". Available in many garden centres or hardware stores.



19/10/2014 at 17:46

Hi All

I have exactly the same problem with my privet hedge. I have seen a white fungus in the soil that seems to be the result of a rotting tree stump which I removed. Do you think it would harm the healthy roots if I apply Armillatox to the soil in the area as I don’t want to dig up the good hedging if possible?


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