Beech Hedge dieback

Karen Harford asked 10 years ago

I have an 8 yr old Beech hedge which has begun to die back in the past 3 years in sections. I have heavy clay. On reading your problem section, if the die back is caused by a root rot or fungus is there anything I can treat the ground with in order to replant and should i use a different plant type?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
Beech does poorly in heavy soil at any age. The roots are suffocated by lack of air in the soil. Well-aerated soil is a nice red-brown colour and smells sweet.

Hornbeam is like beech in appearance and might be a userful alternative, if drainage cannot be improved.