Posted: 19/09/2015 at 20:08
Hi all, time to ask advice rather than give it!
I have a privet hedge in the front garden which has become a bit of a pain. The neighbour on the other side spends 50 weeks of the year overseas so that side never gets cut and, together with the fact that I find it hard to manage cutting it on step ladders these days, it has got a bit out of hand. It's about 2.5m high, 1m thick and about 10m long.
I've asked for quotes from several local companies for complete removal (roots and all so I could replace with a mixed hedge for wildlife) but not one has got back to me after 2 weeks, so it looks like I'm going to have to tackle it myself. The least difficult thing to do would be to cut it back hard with my chainsaw and hope for regrowth so I could keep it at a managable 1m high.
I don't have a car so ripping it out with a towbar/ropes is not an option and it will certainly have to be done over a number of weeks as I know from experience that it will take several hours to shred just a metre wide chunk with the awkward branching way privet grows. What I don't know is: Can/should I take it back almost to the ground or would it be better to leave longer stumps, say 0.5m? How likely is it to regrow from such a severe hacking?