Along a hedge I have a group of five forty-year-old laylandii. Three
have died, probably because they were over-run by ivy. I'm going to pull
them out. But what can I put in their place? I want something fast
growing. It doesn't matter about the new ones being intruder-resistant
because I'm also going to have a strong fence along there.
Datstest grwires are...leylandii.
You might try bay if you want a fast growing evergreen
Or bay laurel.
Even yew is not that slow - 4"-8" a year.
Don't plant holly. You will be dead before it grows and box is another
slow grower too.,
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Sreiousluy. I planet holly. The only hedge sized on is now 20+ years
old. The rest are still knee high, but I hvae Bay that i need ladders to
top as well as yew.
I really like my viburnum tinus. Winter flowering white, and clips to an
evergreen bush or hdege
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There is a 40 feet high one with similar spread on the other side of my
back garden fence in a housing association property.
It was a potted shrub that was planted outside about 44 years ago
according to the old boy who still lives in one of the flats, while
the planter has long since joined the carbon-cycle.
Now no-one wil accept responsibility for it. Every year it rains
berries onto my garden which germinate and grow. There are
brambles growing right up through it and then dripping down onto
my side of the fence, also dropping berries everywhere.
Laurel turns into an effective hedge, possibly too effective.
On Mon, 23 Sep 2019 06:59:52 +0100, The Natural Philosopher
Yes, leylandii are the datstest grwires :-) Besides, it would look odd
to have something different there.
But it would be worth improving the soil where the old ones were.
After 45 years it will be pretty impoverished. Dig in plenty of
compost before you plant the new ones, either your own garden stuff if
you make it or a bag or two from your local garden centre.
Planting leylandii in the same position might be asking for trouble
since whatever killed the originals may still be lurking there. Soil
fungi pathogens specific to that species is a possibility and the soil
will be drained of all the nutrients that leylandii prefer. I can't
imagine what it takes to kill a laylandii. I can't see ivy managing to
do it. Strangler fig might.
Beech isn't a bad relatively fast growing hedge. Cotoneasters have nice
berries. Lonicera nitida is a fast grower and clips well. Yew is fairly
slow (toxic) and holly is slower still. Chunks of about 3m all the same
can look good if you have a long run of hedging and want have something
less monotonous than a monoculture of one planting.
Holly will eventually get there I allow a few to grow in my hedge along
with wild rose, ivy and honeysuckly. I reckon they take about 15 years
from seed to get to full hedge height and another 5 to thicken out.
even that Kubota is going to struggle removing the stump of a
Tip for Bill. Leave about 6 foot sticking out above ground, so
you have something to apply leverage after you have dug around the
base and chopped the roots with an axe.
Or hire a bloke with a stump grinder.
Yeah great. All you need to do is move to America where the ground is
tinder dry and it will work. I have burned out a pear tree stump using
potassium nitrate to preload it so it will smoulder deep underground.
His solution basically lopps it off at just below ground level and
probably only really works for resinous pine trees at that. It might
just work on leylandii stumps if he loads them up with KNO3 during the
winter and waits until a long dry midsummer spell to set light.
Eventually I had to dig the remaining roots out anyway since they
started sprouting suckers from each detached underground piece.
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