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How to help our tall cedar hedge grow thicker?

One common problem is trying to grow them with the sides completely vertical - they do better if the top is narrower than the bottom. If the top is wider than the bottom it will shade the bottom out. ...
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Making a leylandii hedge more bushy and thick

It seems your trees (yes, Leyland cypresses are trees) were never properly trimmed, more likely planted once and then left alone. Which means they behaved like all trees planted closely together: ...
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How to tame a Pyracantha?

There's no easy answer I'm afraid - pyracantha hedges can be kept neat and tidy and shaped to whatever form you choose, but once they've overgrown, they're less easy to cut because of the thickness of ...
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What is the optimal spacing for emerald green arborvitae?

Depends how quickly you want your privacy hedge to be dense - as you say, the predicted eventual spread is 3-4 feet, but at ten years, the spread is predicted at 24-30 inches per plant. If you don't ...
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What privacy hedge plants create little shade?

I would choose a climbing plant. Many of them can be pruned, to that you create some holes. I think it is better to have strong sun on few places (sun moves), then translucent leaves. Maybe some ...
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What tool is most suitable for this task?

The least expensive tool to use that will also be effective are loppers and a ladder. That hedger is not meant for this level of hedging. Not even close. A ladder, sharp/bypass loppers with long ...
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What tool is most suitable for this task?

To answer the part of your question... The lilly pilly is currently flowering. Is it a good time to trim it? No, do not prune while it is flowering. As a general “rule of thumb” for pruning ...
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When to trim ivy-full hedge to avoid bees and wasps?

The Ivy will be in flower, and is a valuable source of nectar for bees and wasps at this time of year. Activity on the part of those insects will be highest on sunny, warmer days, but just wait a ...
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What is the best privacy hedge for the US northeast?

Leyland Cypress is a popular privacy tree on the west coast, and will also grow well on the east coast from what I have heard. It can be planted as a dense hedge, and provides year round color. They ...
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Performance of a bamboo (Phyllostachys) hedge in South-West UK

Fargesia Robusta, one of the greatest bushing bamboo. This bamboo is able to withstand harsh weather. It will be safe between temperatures of 0 Degrees Fahrenheit - (17 degrees Celsius) and 90 ...
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Making a leylandii hedge more bushy and thick

Everything that Stephie said is fine. However, the trimming would most likely work for the right side of the hedge (right side of the last photo), but for the left hand side, it would be a difficult ...
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How far apart should I plant Japanese box for a low hedge?

Rather depends what you mean by Japanese box hedge - as far as I'm concerned, it means varieties of Buxus microphylla (as opposed to Buxus sempervirens). Although the varieties differ a little in ...
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How to remove a Pyracantha

Once a shrub gets this large, the method for removing and stopping regrowth is the same as that used with trees. You need to cut it right down and bore out the main roots with a stump grinder down to ...
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How tall can Boxwood Green Velvet really grow?

The link you've given does indeed suggest a possible, very mature and eventual height of up to 6 feet. However, every other source on the net says 2-4 feet high and wide, so the odds are with the ...
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What is the right plant for obscuring a neighbour's second story window?

My answer to this is classic potted Bamboo. Its the perfect screen, grows tall with a cool contemporary, beautiful aesthetic. I am a native New Zealander born and bred with no Asian bias to bamboo. If ...
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What is the right plant for obscuring a neighbour's second story window?

To me, it sounds like a better place to grow a vine than either bamboo (which I personally find to be very messy) or a tree. As @bamboo has pointed out, assuming you really do mean mm and not cm that'...
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A hedge for my working place? (indoor)

A hedge might be difficult, but in a space that size, you could have 5 or 6 different potted plants, smaller ones stood in front of larger ones, to achieve the sunblocking effect you want and to ...
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When are the best times to prune or trim leylandii?

The recommended time for cutting back mature leylandii hedges in the UK is two or three cuts between April and August, so its a little late now, though you could risk taking some off if you're ...
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Less invasive alternatives to willow for living structures

Most species that are good for edges (so that they allow strong pruning) should work. Maybe try not to use species which produce too much wood. (Many) willows likes humid places, so there is a risk ...
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Less invasive alternatives to willow for living structures

You are wrong in thinking that it rules out willows. I have to do root influence calculations regularly as part of my job (landscape architect). Firstly, willows and any other trees are unlikely to ...
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Xeriscape substitute for boxwood?

I had a ton of questions that I was going to put into a comment, but made the following assumptions: You have a formal landscape, possibly mulched with stone or river rock You want to plant something ...
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How can I trim my hedges evenly?

Cutting a long and large hedge evenly isn't an easy and quick task, especially only doing one cut a year, its quite time consuming to try to get it even and straight. You can use the string and pole ...
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Is there major drawbacks to plantings cedars in the fall?

I would not plant these until spring. When I worked in a southern Zone 4 nursery, we wouldn't even sell arbor vitae after September 30 unless pushed to do so by the customer - and then we wouldn't ...
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Which hedge plants can be used for animal preventive fencing?

If you are looking for some low fence against rabbits, planting Rosa rugosa close to each other might be helpful: Rosa rugosa (rugosa rose, beach rose, Japanese rose, Ramanas rose, or letchberry) is ...
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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Plants don't produce flowers

I can think of two possible reasons: Fertilizer balance General "grow" fertilizers usually contain more N than P and K, often double (ie. 2-1-1) or more. Relative abundance of Nitrogen and ...
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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Plants don't produce flowers

I fully understand the surprise in the nursery: Brunfelsia pauciflora is known as an easy grower also in cooler climate outside optimal conditions. The lack of flowers does not mean you did anything ...
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How to refresh an old hedge with thick trunks and few branches/leaves (Eugenia)

The first thought is to consider hedge laying which is an old and tested technique that works in an agricultural context. This may or may not work since your existing trunks are quite thick already ...
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Goat-friendly evergreen hedge plants on Iberian Peninsula

Goats avoid strong-flavored plants such as sage and lavender. Sheep and deer will, too. You know how well these herbs grow in Provence and throughout the Mediterranean. Rosemary, aromatic and ...
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hedge trimmers Ryobi powr LT2

What do you do in the fall before putting it away? If you don't run stabilized fuel through it, or drain every drop of fuel out of it, there will usually be problems from gas/petrol sitting over the ...
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Irrigation of a hedge in a raised planter

You normally don't bury the drip hose in the soil. You place it over the soil and you cover it with mulch. Make sure you use drip emitter tubing instead of soaker hoses. Soaker hoses don't water ...
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