Northumberland, United Kingdom
Please can someone help. I have a 6' high mixed conifer (not leylandii) hedge between my neighbour and myself, planted on my land, and inherited from the previous owners of my property. I'm not too bothered about it as it affords privacy. However, it is very close to my neighbour's bungalow, and he wants me to have it cut down, and a beech hedge put in its place. He is prepared to pay half the cost. At the moment I have side conifer hedges which are abutting onto copper and ordinary beech hedges at rear and front.
I've had three lots of people round for estimates, and two of them suggest that I have the conifers cut down to the ground and the stumps ground, then plant beech whips in between the ground stumps. I have been assured by these firms that provided the soil between is properly prepared the beech will grow. However, the third firm are telling me that I must have all the conifer stumps out, then plant the beech hedge. Needless to say their estimate is over twice the price of the other two.
Quite honestly the least I spend on the hedge the better, and if it is OK to plant the beech as above then I would do so. I have a similar conifer hedge the other side of my property, which if I have one done then I'll have to have the other one done to match up.
What do you suggest please?
- 19 Nov, 2009