If you're looking into tending to overgrown hedges this summer, we've got all the gardening expert tips needed to give your harden a bit of care and help nourish it into healthy hedge growth.
Beautiful hedges act as a frame for your garden, which you can consider the painting you're about to photograph. They can really enhance the overall look of your garden, whether they are an evergreen hedge, a boundary hedge, allotments hedge, or if they're deciduous hedges. If you're new to hedging, you've likely come across a photograph of a perfect hedge (most likely a boundary hedge, the type with a dense body to help guard your garden from prying eyes)- with all those geometric shapes carved in, perfect box shapes, straight edges, and a gapless body.
When you really get into hedging at home, you'll come across more hurdles than you think, giving you patchy hedges and sometimes even a dead plant. Don't worry though, it can easily be fixed.
There are two main points at which you need to perform different steps to ensure a non-patchy hedge growth: when planting, and when it's mature. Root rot is a culprit of a hedge with gaps too.
There are four steps to follow in order to ensure non-patchy hedge growth from your overgrown hedge, and these can be done during the planting process. These preliminary steps will help build a solid foundation for the entire hedge and growing area for each individual plant.
You've completed the preliminary steps, and are now facing a mature tree/adult tree. Or you perhaps weren't able to perform the preliminary steps, and would like to fix patchy growth in an already matured hedge. Regardless, these steps can be performed to tidy up overgrown hedging.
As we mentioned before, overgrown hedging is usually a result of inconsistent plant spacing and irregular pruning.
The main thing to do is to keep allowing sufficient width. In many cases, lateral hedge branches are seen to be heavily hacked, with dead branches and missing foliage. Hence, unwanted branches (wood) are showing and the whole hedge appearance is ruined. Provide your hedge plants with room grow in a lateral direction, this will help fix the hedge shape that is currently disorderly. Any unwanted branches will soon be covered up, crossing branches will also be covered up, and above all- major branches will be covered up.
Sometimes, proper care can nurture a faster-growing hedge, provided optimal conditions are sustained- giving you excellent privacy hedges. You'll need to determine whether you need dry soils or moist- and ensure you aren't using imperfect soil. Improper soil can give rise to disease transmissions of fungal diseases and give you crumbling, dry leaves.
If you weren't able to get around to performing any preliminary steps or any matured-hedge steps, don't worry. All hope is not lost.
In the case of having cut your hedging plants back on the sides a little too much as a result of poor pruning or damage, you don't have to worry. They'll grow back, just give some occasional deep watering to help nourish and sustain them.
The solution is less simple if you find the gaps at the base of the hedge. This may have been because your plant spacing was too wide, or absence of pruning near the top. In this case, you have two options: