How can I rejuvenate a privet and hawthorn hedge?

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How can I rejuvenate a privet and hawthorn hedge?

Post by NW Novic » Wed, 03 Apr 2013 04:47:22



I have a mixed hedge which is about 6 feet high. I think it is privet
and hawthorn.

Currently, it is very top heavy in terms of the growth, and it has a lot
of bare stems lower down. Please see the photographs.

[image: http://i.stack.imgur.com/yXDbNl.jpg]

[image: http://i.stack.imgur.com/X4AyNl.jpg]

[image: http://i.stack.imgur.com/Z5tUGl.jpg]

I want to try and get the hedge to be bushy all the way down to ground
level.

I've read about pruning back hard, which I take means to basically chop
the whole thing down to within 12" of the floor.

However, I don't know if this is the right thing to do, especially at
this time of year (April). There are buds appearing on the hedge, so I
don't know if a hard prune down to ground level at this time of year
would kill the hedge.

I've got no gardening experience, so I'm nervous at taking such a
drastic step.

Please does anyone have any advice.

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NW Novice

 
 
 

How can I rejuvenate a privet and hawthorn hedge?

Post by Brooklyn » Wed, 03 Apr 2013 07:39:00


On Mon, 1 Apr 2013 19:47:22 +0000, NW Novice

Quote:

>I have a mixed hedge which is about 6 feet high. I think it is privet
>and hawthorn.

>Currently, it is very top heavy in terms of the growth, and it has a lot
>of bare stems lower down. Please see the photographs.

>[image: http://i.stack.imgur.com/yXDbNl.jpg]

>[image: http://i.stack.imgur.com/X4AyNl.jpg]

>[image: http://i.stack.imgur.com/Z5tUGl.jpg]

>I want to try and get the hedge to be bushy all the way down to ground
>level.

>I've read about pruning back hard, which I take means to basically chop
>the whole thing down to within 12" of the floor.

>However, I don't know if this is the right thing to do, especially at
>this time of year (April). There are buds appearing on the hedge, so I
>don't know if a hard prune down to ground level at this time of year
>would kill the hedge.

>I've got no gardening experience, so I'm nervous at taking such a
>drastic step.

>Please does anyone have any advice.

That doesn't look at all like hawthorn, looks like ordinary privet.
Yes it can be chopped practially to the ground, and lop off completely
the older wood.