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Abbica
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:19 am    Post subject: Red robin laurel or green laurel Reply with quote

Hi, I was planning on planting red robin laurel around our perimeter, 202sqmtrs, but was told at weekend I woudl be better off planting green as green as thicker branches and you won't get gaps in the bush which would happen with red robin. Is this true and would I be better off just going with green laurel?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Abbica,

I have both in a hedge and although the red robin does tend to grow a bit leggy if let grow unchecked it is a lovely shrub and would be a pity to omit from your hedge. You could encourage it to grow bushy by regularly pinching out the growth on new shoots and if privacy is a concern don't go for a 50/50 split, instead just put in a few red robins here and there to draw the eye to a splash of colour. Best of luck with it. Very Happy
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