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Young Privet - to feed or not to feed


 
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Brendankearns
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:40 pm    Post subject: Young Privet - to feed or not to feed Reply with quote

Hi,
I planted a young bare root privet hedge in Nov 2011 and had hoped it work be larger and bushier than it is now (jan 2013). Hedge is about 20m long and some of the plants are growing well but half of it is struggling to grow at the speed I would expect. Should I feed it or leave it and it'll come good on its own?

Also there is grass growing at the base of the hedge, would that impact the growth?

Please help
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The grass definitely isn't helping your young plants......it is competing with them for nutrients and water. I have always been advised to keep the base of hedges grass and weed-free.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I had hedging, I used to put my mowings as a mulch at the base of the hedges.
It kept the weeds & grass away and fed the hedges.
It did three jobs in one, the most useful being somewhere I could put the mowings as the lawn was an acre at that time. My lawns have been completely removed now, thank goodness.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the responses. I like the idea of putting the grass cutting at the base. Hopefully this will work for me.

Thanks again
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