Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire No. 48: Ren­o­vate a hedge

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Ven­er­a­ble hedges, such as yew or beech, that have grown too wide, per­haps cov­er­ing a path, can be ren­o­vated in two stages. Do one side this year and the other side in a year or two. With hand tools, care­fully, neatly and thor­oughly cut away all the growth back to the de­sired point. The re­sult looks un­nerv­ingly dras­tic, but be of good cheer. Re­move the dis­carded growth. Spike the ex­posed soil with a fork, ruf­fle the sur­face with a hoe and ap­ply a mulch of well-rot­ted or­ganic mat­ter. The re­cov­ery will be steady and take time, but it will come.


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