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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:12 am    Post subject: Pruning White Thorn Hedge? Reply with quote

Hi

Last winter I planted a white thorn hedge. As we had a large area to plant we went for the cheapest option and planted quiks. There was a fair bit of growth on them during the sprig/summer however now they are just bare tall sticks! I heard that you should prune them down in the first year so that they bush out. Is this true, how much do you prune off and when should it be done?

Many thanks

Orla
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a case to be made for removing (clipping) the top third to half of growth from freshly planted containerised and bare-root hedging. This technique is the same as pinching off the top of a lanky plant to induce bushiness. Topping a newly planted hedge will spur the plants on to produce more roots, side shoots and prevent the unsightly bare "dog run" type look that many hedge bases have.

If you want to carry this out, do so in early spring before new leaves emerge from buds of the hedging plants.

This is taken from my article here...... How to plant a hedge in Ireland.

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