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Posted: 19/06/2016 at 21:17

On average - and it greatly depends on the climate where you are - an established laurel will grow around 12 to 18 inches a year, sometimes more if the conditions are right, and as they mature, they'll often put on a good bit more than that. 

If you buy them, don't make the mistake of thinking bigger is better. Bigger specimens are harder to get established. Around three feet is about the best size.  They need room to grow out as well as up, as they're not the type of hedge you can clip tightly and keep narrow like Beech or Hornbeam.  Remember that anything which grows quickly will also need a lot of pruning. Laurels can also become truly enormous if left to their own devices. 

As you're replacing conifers, make sure you enrich the soil before planting anything else. Conifers take a huge amount of nutrition out of the soil. Manure, compost and a general feed dug in first. Keep the plants well watered till established. A mulch after watering is also beneficial. 

Hope that's of some help 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:55

Cracking on a pace now Wonks!  

You'll soon have no grass at all.... 

Himalayan Poppy

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:53

Good luck with it Glenys. Many people are envious of those who can grow them!  


Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:52

Thanks BM. Just put the hill pix on this morning as I wasn't home till ten last night. Far too late for a little fairy to be out!  

Panda - is that the dress or your hair that's slate grey? 

Slate is the colour of my new bedroom carpet - I must be very fashionable. 'That'll be a first'  I hear my children cry...

I've made up for no dinner last night. Carb overload - I made macaroni cheese, then had a piece of fairylet's lemon meringue pie that she brought home  today....

Wonky box hedge

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:27



Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:19

Glad we sorted that one Copperdog  

I know nowt about begonias - I'm in Monty's camp with those  

Himalayan Poppy

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 20:10

Not boggy Glenys, just reliably moist, with reasonable drainage. Good, rich, friable soil will suit most types.

Wonky box hedge

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:59

You just keep checking it by standing back every so often ppauper, and keeping a steady hand.  Good exercise, going up and down the ladders  

I did all my own hedges, and did my Dad's for a number of years - beech and conifer - and his were monstrous. Ladders plus an attachment on the hedge clippers, and even then it was a struggle to get across them. I didn't use a string as I'm not bad at getting things straight by eye.

The top should be narrower than the base - not a right angle D'House. It lets the whole hedge get more light and prevents the bottom getting sparse.

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Himalayan Poppy

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:53

Cool, moist, shady conditions Glenys.

Think of Scotland re the climate they prefer....

Wonky box hedge

Posted: 19/06/2016 at 19:27

Canes and string will also do a good job for getting a nice straight line if it's something you struggle with.

Don't worry - once you've done it a few dozen times you'll be very competent and won't need a string...

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