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Privet hedge help

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 16:50

Hey!  That's fine misterpf.  It will fill in well by late spring.  Just trim at least once a year.

jusf an observation though....trim the sides so the top is slightly narrower than the bottom.  Hedge will look better and remain green from the bottom 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 16:46

Dry and beautiful sunshine all afternoon.  Felt pretty warm 

Privet Hedge

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:33

Lynn, just potting compost?  Mixed with your soil?  Is that all?

dried manure, garden compost, bark chips, mushroom compost, etc. and fish blood and bone would have been my choice. Privet is a greedy plant esp as a hedge so needs something more substantial than potting compost 

your compost is likely to dry out quickly...have you watered since planting?  The leaves turning purple/blue is a nutritional thing though or being hit by cold winds.

I would also cut back those plants at planting time....perhaps by 20 cm or so 

yes, a picture would be good Lynn 

Last edited: 18 October 2016 12:34:14


Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:13

We crossed there Bob.  


Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:12

If your soil is neutral to alkaline mushroom compost is excellent Pokhim 

bark chips are slow to break down and will not be "ready" for spring for fine tilthing as in the veg patch.  In borders it will be will need to add fertiliser in spring though to replace loss of nitrogen as bark breaks down.  The mini bark chips are better than regular chips in my opinion. 

the very best autumn/winter mulch is raw seaweed if you live near the coast

farmyard manure in bulk is excellent and breaks up nicely by spring of applied in early autumn 

I mix garden compost, mpc and dried manure too as a mulch.  

Whatever mulch you use should be as thick as possible...a min of 2" 

Invasive grass around pond margin

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 08:51

if the liner is pierced and not replaced it is the same as not fixing the roof before the rains come.

Keeping Dahlia tubers

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 22:30

Keep them dry aym.  And frost free.  Start watering in early spring ...just a little and then more so as shoots grow

Privet hedge help

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 21:56

It would give a better idea of how your privet currently is Paul.  

Bargain hellebores

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 21:54

They are the so called Christmas roses aym....of course ! 

Privet hedge help

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 19:57


can you post a picture?  If you have those "thick woody stumps at the top" you might want to cut even lower.   it is possible that growth will come from those top stumps so a lower cut will produce lower dense growth.  Regardless, new shoots will emerge in spring.     

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