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Beech hedges

Can I just check with you all

.... a new owner has moved into a large house where we  look after the gardens. The drive is bordered by a curvy 12' high beech hedge that has over the years got wider than it should. If we take it back by a foot or so it will, over a couple of years green up from the centre won't it?

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  • PRO

    That is the hedge is on both sides.... so taking it back around afoot on both sides would be the ideal 


  • PRO

    I have only ever followed the textbook way and it works for me.... the only issue I see is deciding which neighbours side is done first if they both expect their sides being done hard at the same time up the boundary. Best to do one side hard and trim the other, then the opposites 12 months later if recovered. Should also add have done in both Mid-spring and also late summer (after birds) where beech growth was restriciting parking areas. The results were it grew back perfectly for a new side

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  • PRO

    I think it will be ok, we took 6-10 foot off a clients beech many years ago and it grew back within two years and is now although still wide a smaller version, we only took off one side admittedly 

  • Hi Adam,

    Yes you can regenerate beech like that. Back to the stum on one side if you want. Better to wait at least two years before tackling the other side.clean cuts with a very sharp saw blade will lend faster better results.a good feed afterwards and a mulch if your doing it right now


  • yes its ok but check for birds nests first it would have been better to do it before the nesting season i have seen them done it the back end but it will not green up till next year 

  • It'll grow back. No worries there.

    one side a year though.

    sunny side first.

    if you want it to be a foot less deep on each side, take 18" off on each side.

    the waste burns very well.

  • PRO

    Thanks everyone... the client has now decided he doesnt want it done !! :(

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