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Advice on cutting back an overgrown hedge

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 12:05

It's pretty robust  - if you're worried just wait till later ie April/May, but I've never had a problem before. It can look very dead if you cut it right back but it actually does it the world of good!   It does need trimming a few times during the year to keep it looking sharp though. It's also only semi evergreen so don't worry if it looks a bit sparse over winter. 

transporting-plants-in-pots-when-moving-house

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 11:47

I got in early and reported it jo - the mods must have removed it quite quickly! 

Himalayan Knotweed

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 11:44

Restoring wooden trough planter

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 11:42

I know the shape you mean Eileen. I wouldn't worry about moisture getting in- there will be plenty coming in all directions once it's planted up and being watered! It'll just help to keep all the moisture away from the timber especially if it's got a bit of wear and tear. Let it dry thoroughly before and after you've painted, and give it a few coats for extra 'belt and braces'  

Advice on cutting back an overgrown hedge

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 11:39

Hi Santy - looks like privet - nice healthy one. You can cut it back with no issues. Usually you would try and shape it so that the top is a bit narrower than the base so that it gets plenty of light. It might look a bit sad if you really hack it, but they recover well. A good watering if you do that, and a little general fertiliser will soon see it perk up. Alternatively, just tidy it up for the winter and do more severe pruning in spring.

dahlia's

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 11:25

Sorry Tricia - we went off topic slightly  

Hope your Dahlias are great next year. I'm sometimes tempted, especially when forum members say how easy they are from seed  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 11:11

 

 

Dordogne Damsel wrote (see)

Bushman, vacancies as long as you promise to behave. 

 

He's a naughty Scot DD - it's a tall order ...

Gaura - do you deadhead to prolong?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:42

Gaura's a beautiful plant. I've never grown it but I'm very tempted. Perhaps it wouldn't be too hardy up here and that's why I've not had it. Must do a little research...

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:40

LP  - no - racing's not my thing at all!  My feet are done in anyway. I won't be doing anything more strenuous for a while than getting into the car! 

You should see the colour of the water my trousers and socks are in to soak before I wash them 

I'm only competitive with myself. I set realistic targets, but I get very annoyed if I don't achieve what I've set out to do - which fortunately isn't too often. Better for my blood pressure that way 

BL - the problem with having the bubbly first is that you go two steps up and one back so it takes longer! 

Gaura - do you deadhead to prolong?

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:06

I'd certainly remove spent flower stems  - it usually encourages new ones to flower or at least stops the plant spending all it's energy on trying to produce seed from the old flower heads. I wouldn't cut it back after it's finished - leave it to die back itself.

I don't grow them so I hope that's correct advice though! Someone will come along and correct me if I'm way off the mark 

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