Posted: 04/04/2015 at 11:03
Have to agree. We have an inherited conifer hedge in part of our garden and it makes a very useful windbreak to shelter our greenhouse and shed but they do suck the goodness out of the soil and make it very difficult for other plants to get the food and water they need.
We've left ours green to the base and then made a 2' 6" wide path of chipped bark which allows us space to trim it. The bed in front of it is planted up with shrubs, a parrotia persica (Persian Ironwood), a gingko and lots of perennials and bulbs which are now much happier.
The bits you have cut will not regrow so I suggest you lift the base to the same height across the width of the hedge and maybe use the freed space between the trunks for compost heaps and storage of pots, trays, toys, whatever. You could then put a path in front, as I have, and then do as Gemma suggests and erect a rail or maybe trellis fence to about 1m25/4' high and make a bed in front to disguise it all.