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Posted: 09/11/2016 at 17:04

Thanks to all so far. Tetley, there is only one tree, I asked as it is near the house. Where does 'brown wood' end? Is it just the trunk?


Posted: 08/11/2016 at 14:54

My neighbour has a leylandii of some sort which has grown to about 12 feet high but is very spindly being only about 4 - 5 feet wide at its biggest. My question is whether if the top few inches are lopped off, will it stop, continue to grow up or will it expand sideways? Thanks


Posted: 29/04/2016 at 16:59

I have had the above plant in a fairly large pot for some years which has lots of new growth and is now about 4 feet high. Should it be pruned? Is it too late? If not, how low should one take it? I cannot find this shrub mentioned in any of my books (admittedly a little old). Thanks

Photinia (Red Robin) hedge

Posted: 07/04/2016 at 15:47

Thanks. It is in full sun but looks superb when trimmed. I just don't know why the one next door on the other side of my drive has died.

Garden design fails

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 20:01

Here on the north Kent coast numerous front gardens are being filled with beach stones. I think it's probably mainly by what we call "DFLs - Down from London) who have been to the beach and want to transform their gardens to look the same. Low maintenance but bland, repetitive and ugly.

Photinia (Red Robin) hedge

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 19:33

Sounds good. Will cut later in the week. Thanks.

Photinia (Red Robin) hedge

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:56

Thanks Dave. The 'rest' is the other two or three shrubs which make up the rest of the neighbour's 'hedge' (I am trying to be polite here!) Any particular feed would you prescribe and as the hedge has a large carpet of dead leaves underneath should I clear that for a better mulch? Thanks again.

Photinia (Red Robin) hedge

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 12:21

I have a 12 year old Red Robin hedge which I have trimmed throughout the years but which has now reached about 8' in height and 4' wide encroaching more and more onto the pavement. I wish to take about 2' off the top and 12" or so from the front. At present it is a beautiful red with its new growth - am I too late? If not I presume the gaps caused by quite heavy pruning will take a year or two to fill with new growth?

Secondly, the nearest plant of the neighbours Red Robin "hedge" (which has never been looked after!) which is the other side of my drive completely died last year and the rest does not look good. Is there a known cause/remedy to protect mine?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 21:27

Snap! Worth a look.

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Posted: 07/01/2014 at 21:15

Many thanks.

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