leggy’ beech hedging.

HARRY BOND asked 13 years ago

Hi Gerry, part of our beech hedge, which is 4 foot high, is leggy, with few branches on the lower half. Can I cut this back to encourage branching, and when? Thanks, Harry Bond.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
This is a common problem when beech is planted as large plants.

Pruning, short of cutting the plants to almost ground level, which is risky and not an alternative anyway, is not a solution.

The hedge will furnish the lower part, very slowly, as the lowest branches reach as a result of clipping.

The solution is to plant small well-furnished plants along the base of the hedge. 

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