Beech hedge problem

Shane McGorry asked 5 years ago

I have a beech hedge which I planted bareroot 3-4 yrs ago and it has never properly established. Each year in spring time the buds/leaves burst and flourish out and it seems like it is doing well, but then by around mid June, it seems to stop growing. Some plants die, some turn yellow, some wither away and it generally looks unhealthy. I do water it if we have any dry spells but doesn’t seem to make any difference. I have lost about 20% of the plants each year and have been replacing them each winter but I need to find out what the problem is. How can I find out what the problem is?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 3 years ago
The most common problem with beech is the soil too wet and heavy. Plant roots can be affected in winter and die back, the top yellowing then due to a reduced root system. Try hornbeam as replacements as it is more tolerant of heavy ground.