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Dithering as to whether I should take my hedge out???

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Gatekeeper Mon 27-Jun-16 14:09:45

15 feet privet hedge separating our front garden from next door - a mixture of variegated and common privet. It is a complete pain in the arse when it comes to trimming as it does every 2-3 weeks this time of year

The variegated part grows much more slowly than the ordinary green one so it's all uneven, I can't avoid standing on some of my plants, picking the bits up afterwards is horrible, next door works away so never able to take his turn and finally the variegation is not a good 'foil' for my plants

dh would like to remove and replace with a fence of the equivalent height (about 3-4 feet) but I'm finding it hard to agree as i hate the thought of a hedge being taken out. Birds don't nest in it but the spuggies like to sit inside and chatter on at least until our cat comes along.

back garden is wonderful for wildlife and I have let part of the top lawn grow as it likes. There is campion, ragged robin, ox eye daisies and all sorts growing in amongst it

I still have a bit of reluctance though even though I hate the bloody thing...argghhh

Gatekeeper Mon 27-Jun-16 14:10:35

next door has no objection to the hedge being removed by the way

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Mon 27-Jun-16 14:12:02

Do it. You could always replace it with beech or yew or something that will keep the birds happy but only need to be trimmed once a year.

littlemissneela Mon 27-Jun-16 14:32:13

I would be replace it with either a trellis type fence and grow climbers (honeysuckle etc) up it or replace it with a native hedge of mixed native plants like holly, yew, hawthorn, wild rose. That way you get lots of different plants for various insects, plus a beautiful looking hedge. Not sure on the trimming part, but as I also have a mixed privet hedge in my back garenand have the same issue as you with the different growth rates, I am thinking of taking mine out and just letting the hyperniucum fill the space. It is a bit of shame to do this as the dragonflies seems to like sitting on it.

15thaugust Mon 27-Jun-16 22:20:41

I love Privet in flower, it smells great and bees love it. Unfortunately if the hedge is trimmed too often you don't get any. I would chop it really hard so that it didn't need a haircut and you could enjoy the flowers next year the. Hard prune again after flowering, let it be more relaxed and fluffy in between times so it is more a n undulating wave of shrubbyness and less clipped.

traviata Mon 27-Jun-16 22:30:30

Go for it. Life is too short not to have lovely plants (and a fence).

Gatekeeper Tue 28-Jun-16 08:14:37

15thaugust I love the smell of privet flowers as well- it transports me back instantly to my grandmothers house in Sussex where I stayed during summer holidays but this hedge is scrubby and very uneven. If it was in the back garden i would just leave it to grow but it just doesn't please my eye here. It grows like stink so even a hard pruning doesn't work on it - apart from the variegated parts - so you get tightly clipped parts and then parts that look like my hair on a morning!

dodobookends Wed 29-Jun-16 21:54:45

Go for it. Privet sucks the life out of the soil - we had a hedge between or front garden and NDN's and I was thrilled when they got rid of it.

Gatekeeper Thu 30-Jun-16 12:47:51

right then...its for the chop come October !

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