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bollard

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privet hedge
« on: March 14, 2016, 10:20:46 AM »

can i have some help please? Between us and the neighbour is a mixed honeysuckle nitida and privet hedge which isn't doing terribly well due to the proximity of buildings and limited light. Nevertheless it would be nice to try and improve/thicken/enhance it if I can as it is somewhat 'see through'.

I am trying phostrogen, diluted with rainwater but is there anything else I could try please?
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Re: privet hedge
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2016, 01:27:12 PM »

Phostrogen has a NPK ratio of 14:10:27 I believe. That's Nitrogen/ Phosphate & Potash). As you can see the highest content is potash (a key component in fruiting & flowering) then Nitrogen (for lush leaf growth) & phosphate (primarily to encourage root development).

So a feed of Phostrogen will not do your hedge any harm at all - it should perk it up. Dilute it in water - it can also act as a foliar feed, but DON'T get any undiluted powder on the plants themselves.

Pruning is the key to thickening up a hedge. The privet is no problem. there's an old saying that says "the best time to prune privets is when the shears are in your hand"! I.e. any time and regular.

The honeysuckle you have to be more careful with. As a rule of thumb it's best to prune them about a third back in late summer - after they have flowered.

I hope that helps!
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Re: privet hedge
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2016, 03:05:29 PM »



Re: I hope that helps!

yes thank you  :)
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Re: privet hedge
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2016, 03:49:17 PM »

just a little add on to what BG has told you
cut the hedge so that the bottom is wider than the top that way the whole hedge gets light
a sprinkle of blood fish and bone around bottom of hedge  as a long term feed would help as well
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Re: privet hedge
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2016, 09:34:11 PM »

right i'd get some blood fish and bone thanks

i'm afraid that it is a little too late to modify trimming shape much as the hedge is already tall and scrawny but i have planted some fresh privet underneath which will be able to get some light.
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Re: privet hedge
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2016, 10:32:22 PM »

Privet cuttings root very easily. You can probably fill the gaps with rooted cuttings from your trimmings. You can start them off in pots, & then transplant them once they've 'struck' or just stick them straight in the soil. I've seen trimmings root on bare soil without any help before now. they have a zest for new life!
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Re: privet hedge
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2016, 11:08:50 PM »

A good layer of well rotted manure will help it ..  Would also help it if you could reduce it,s height and encourage some growth from lower down ..
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Re: privet hedge
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2016, 11:12:16 PM »

thank you both  :)
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