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should I trim my escallonia and olearia hedge?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:15 pm    Post subject: should I trim my escallonia and olearia hedge? Reply with quote

I planted an escallonia and olearia hedge 18 months ago. It has done well and is now around 4 ft in height. I live on an exposed coastal site and want the hedge to provide as much windbreak as possible. Should I prune it back or should I leave it alone??
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 ft in height over 18 months ago is good going, what height were the plants upon planting.
On the subject of pruning, if the hedge is quite full, I would not top it until it reached above the eventual height you require. But if at 4ft it is quite sparse and leggy, the by all means lightly trim the top of it now to promote bulking of the mid-section. A light trimming of the sides can be done this autumn if you feel it looks scraggly, if not I would leave it for another year.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the advice - they were bare root plants so were about 2ft in height. A bit scraggly at the moment and some gaps to fill. Would I be better just getting a few more bare root plants and shoving them in?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sakigrant wrote:
Would I be better just getting a few more bare root plants and shoving them in?


How far apart did you initially plant them?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I planted them about 3ft apart...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sakigrant wrote:
I planted them about 3ft apart...


Too far apart. You will need one plant between each one you have already planted to ensure the hedge fills out. Most forms of Escallonia and Olearia are planted at 1.5ft or 45cm spacings.

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