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green privet hedge

22 March 2011 21:51:36
has anybody got a green privet hedge & would you recommend it. Need to pull out my escallonia as it is dead and was thinking of planting this. If anybody has a picture of it, and experience of it would love to hear. Thanks

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Drumanagh Drumanagh 22 March 2011 22:22:08

I think there is one down by the beach here - I'll take a pic of it tomorrow. It does have lovely flowers, in early summer I think.


fintan fintan 22 March 2011 22:33:42

privet is fine and healthy , do you not like laurel ? its hardy .


rosburke rosburke 22 March 2011 22:36:49

Thanks Drumanagh,

Fintan, like the laurel & portuguese laurel, My mum has both and they are nice, Mother in law has the green privet. a lot of laurel in hedges here, privet does not seem to be around as much so thought i would go for that. need to make my mind up, nearly end of bareroot season.


Rachel Rachel 22 March 2011 22:41:47

I planted a very long green privet hedge last spring. It was given to me by another garden.ie member (a great kindness). Not a leaf in sight at the minute but I presume they will come. Martin Begley is the privet king. You should contact him.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 March 2011 23:16:01

Weighing up Privet versus Laurel - I think Privet needs more clipping to keep it neat and if you keep it too neat you don't have flowers! Laurel only seems to need trimming once or twice a year but you have to try not to clip leaves as they can be ugly!


Scrubber Scrubber 22 March 2011 23:23:45

I know its neither but there is nuttin' I think, nuttin, to beat a well clipped Beech hedge! Green. My Berberis has huge patches of brown in it I dread to think of replacing it as its very awkward on the edge of a bank. Much of it is still ok. But i wish I had planted beech originally!


sallysarah sallysarah 23 March 2011 07:22:21

Rosaleen, are you sure the escallonia is dead.  Ours is budding now after looking dead.  I heard on radio that if you have an established escallonia hedge, it will come back!    In mild winters privet keeps its leaves, but in a real hard winter a different matter where it will appear to look dead.  Laurel is good and I really like a holly hedge and that is so hardy.


rosburke rosburke 23 March 2011 09:51:35

Sally, it is completely dead, all brittle and breaking apart. checked it out yesterday and no sign of life at all. Did not think of the holly, great idea, Love holly. Thanks.


rosburke rosburke 23 March 2011 09:56:31

Scrubber, I know part of the attraction of beech hedge is when it goes brown in winter, not too sure if I want that, would much prefer something to stay green.


Keego Keego 23 March 2011 15:03:39

Rosaleen I have exactly the same problem as you and I was asking in the garden centre last weekend and they advised me that Laurel, Beech and Privet are the only truly hardy hedges,Holly as well of course but slow growing - I was considering leaving mine until May to see if any life will emerge but as you say by that time we will have missed the option of bare root's - love to hear what you decide on


sallysarah sallysarah 25 March 2011 08:25:30

keego - I find with Holly that it sits there for say the first year and then takes off.  We have two 7 ft hollies that were put in as small shrubs 5 years ago!!  We did make a fuss of them when planting!


yorkshirelass yorkshirelass 03 April 2011 21:29:19

I have a green privet hedge which was looking quite sad after the horrible winter we have had here, I watched gardeners world and Monty was talking about box hedge and that hedges can get stressed with severe weather, he was spraying it with a pressure sprayer containing liquid seaweed, he also said it worked on other types of hedge, I bought a pressure sprayer for £7 and I already use seaweed so had some in, I made up a mix and sprayed our hedge, it is starting to green up nicely after only a week. You can also put growmore, or blood fish and bone into the soil which should help keep it healthy. Then regular trimming throughout the summer months to keep it tidy.


rosburke rosburke 03 April 2011 21:32:36

Thanks yorkshirelass, can i use that on one that is just planted, have put plenty of rotted horse manure around it at the moment and it has loads of lovely green shoots.


yorkshirelass yorkshirelass 03 April 2011 21:44:04

I am not sure about using it at the same time if you have already put lots of rotted horse manure around it as I think the manure will certainly provide nutrients and help retain moisture, hedges tend to get very dry underneath once established ours has been here for many years mum has lived in the house for over 25 years, it stays evergreen and can be a bit brown over winter but I have never had any die back and our soil here is full of stones and very free draining. Best wishes with it.


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