Posted: 24/11/2015 at 20:03
When I moved to Somerset I inherited a beech hedge, planted in a staggered double row. It took years to get rid of it. The dense planting encouraged aphid infestation, as well as fungal problems, since there was a lack of air circulation.
It grows fast, and if you like that sort of thing it will certainly reward you with a stock-proof hedge. But it will suck the ground dry for about 3ft, either side and will cause many problems when you try to plant "in front" of it - by the time you expect your plants to be in full bloom with a hedge backdrop, you may very well find your choice specimens growing inside the new, rapid beech growth.
The retained copper leaves are not to everyone's taste throughout the winter, and the shedding of leaves in the spring, together with the sticky coverings for the new leaves can cause problems.
If you are aware of the implications of the planting and look forward to it - enjoy! I found it a sore trial, to be honest.