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Hi

Sadly, a section of our 4 year old double planted beech hedge, which borders a road, has been deliberately vandalised by someone with some sort of disc cutter. The hedge, which had been so carefully nurtured, had reached about 2 metres in height & about 12 plants have been cut off at ground level. One saving grace is that all but one of the plants were on the roadside so rather than a gaping hole we now have a decidedly thin section.

We are considering our options with regards replacement & think we have two choices - one is to replant with container grown plants or the second is to await regrowth from the stumps.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, also an idea if the plants would regrow from the base & how long it's likely to take for new shoots to appear?

Many thanks

Christine

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  • Posted: Fri. 25th April 2014 16:58

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Reply from Muriel

Hi Christine. Am so sorry to hear about the vandals. The good news is that the beech should regenerate and I think you should see some growth in a few weeks. It may be a bit thin for a while but given time it should fill out. You might want to consider 'laying' the hedge to make it stronger and thicker over time?

  • Posted: Sat. 26th April 2014 11:00

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Reply from Christine

Hi Muriel

Many thanks for your comments. It's encouraging to think it may regrow.

  • Posted: Sat. 26th April 2014 12:20

Re: Re growth on beech hedge

Reply from Christine

Well, the good news is the damaged plants are putting up lots of new shoots. Some plants have as many as 12 - 16 shoots. We are thinking it would be best to rub some of these off leaving, say, 6 per plant? Any thoughts much appreciated.

  • Posted: Mon. 11th August 2014 15:27

Re: Re growth on beech hedge

Reply from Muriel

Hi Christine
Glad to hear that your beech hedge has survived! I wouldn't bother rubbing off any of the new shoots - let it grow and then give it a trim either next Spring or next Autumn, depending on how it gets on.

  • Posted: Mon. 11th August 2014 20:38

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Reply from Christine

Many thanks Muriel.

  • Posted: Tue. 12th August 2014 14:24