Posted: 30/04/2013 at 16:32
It may also be less full on your side if the sun comes at a different angle from that of your neighbour. Indeed, prune hard later on when nesting is over, feed, feed and then water, water and then leave alone for a year or so - if it can recover, it will. A year of lack of attention won't do a decent privet much harm at all - if it looks tatty now, it has suffered longer than that - but can be imporved.
My neighbour has a lovely red rose that fills our side of the fence with lovely flowers, but not his, mine faces south, his, therefore, north - so of course I get the flowers. We have installed a fence with spaces between the lathes, this has improved matters no end for him, besides breaking up the wind instead of just causing it to swirl round damagaing everything.