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Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 22:32

Robert, from your picture the hedge is too wide at the top, it should be wider at the bottom, it's also quite heavily shaded by the Pieris and the rhododendron to the left of the path. It needs light at the base and if you cut the hedge as in the picture you are cutting too deeply. Privet should be trimmed lightly regularly every 2 months during the growing season. Light at the base will encourage new shoots, and if it's like the picture, mulch to a depth of 6 inches around the base of the hedge as well, you'll get new growth if you do. The alternative is to cut it down to a foot high and let it regrow.

Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:23

The secret with privet is to cut it at a angle so the lower part gets as much sunlight as the upper parts. You leave it wider at the base than the upper part, thats why it's bare at the bottom. You haven't tapered it enough really. A good mulch will help and a feed of a slow release fertilzer like bonemeal tickled in . Privet needs light on the wood to produce new shoots. From the picture, I'd be tempted to cut out some of the older wood which will encourage new growth from the bottom. It will look rough for a year but if your'e patient as fairygirl has said, it's pretty indestructible and it will come back. 


Posted: 26/07/2014 at 20:15

If you want it to self seed leave it, if not cut it down and feed it.

Is this the beginning of blossom end rot?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 20:24

Not sure it's blossom end rot, it's more like deformed fruit caused by lack of water at some point.


Posted: 25/07/2014 at 20:17

Fresh as opposed to shop bought strawberries have hooks/hairs attached to the external seeds, thats probably what you are feeling, nothing to worry about they can still be eaten.

Please help me before I do something I regret !!

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 20:11

Looks like Virginia Creeper, can be rampant if left untamed. Glyphosate sprayed on will kill it. Spray on a hot day, hopefully at least a day or two before any rain, then a week later do it again. It will take about a month to die back properly, any regrowth should be sprayed again. Not that I am advocating that you do such a thing, as doing so is technically Criminal Damage, however if it was yours and you wanted to kill it, that would be the best method.

How to Seed big kelsae Onions

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 16:11

Are you sowing them or intending to collect seed from them?

Ceanothus life span?

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 10:49

25 years for any shrub is good going, but from your description it sounds like yours is going the way of all things and checking out. If there is any suitable cutting material there I'd take some, they root readily so replacing it won't be a problem. Once it has finally given up the ghost, I'd dig it up and replenish the soil and either put another in it's place of something different. Everything has a life span so I wouldn't be unhappy about it's performance.

Diatomaceous Earth

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 10:41

I think I'd read this first.

loopin care

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 19:58

Cut off any flowered stems and let them get on with it. Lupins aren't hard to care for. Slugs are their biggest enemy, a liquid feed, say seaweed wouldn't hurt either.

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