Posted: 03/01/2013 at 18:40
Now I am confused! All the advice I have looked at elsewhere seems to be conflicting.I need the hedge to be 6 or 7 ft eventually.
Nothing to be confused about - you are starting a hedge, not regenerating an old one. If you want the hedge to be bushy and erm hedge like then you cut the leading part of the whip and that forces the side branches to grow and you get a thick hedge. You do that in year 3-4, you are in year 0. Even if you want it tall and thin, the trees still need to be pruned or they will be thinner at the bottom. You want the hedge to be thinner at the top than bottom for various reasons.