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beech hedging

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I planted a bare rooted beech hedge last year. It has done well and is now 3 foot tall. I want the hedge to grow to about 7 foot, but I also want the hedge to fill out and become 'bushier'. If I prune the top of the hedge to encourage thicker growth, will it still grow as tall as I want? Does anyone have any pruning tips on how to achieve this? Thanks



I would say take out the tips of every other one, to a node, wood just thick enough to have to use secateurs. Good time to plant now, I've ordered 50 to plant soon.

9 Nov, 2008


I am not an expert on this but I believe that light pruning , on the top too, is the way to get a good bushy hedge. And yes it will continue to grow taller.

10 Nov, 2008


To avoid a leggy or top heavy hedge, I would also prune the lateral or side shoot as well as the top. This will encourage the plants to thicken up at the base in the spring.

17 Nov, 2008

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