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How do I make Emerald Green Arborvitae grow as fast as biologically possible?

The time you spend in preparation is as, or more, important than post planting time. site location, cedars like access to water, not soggy and not dry some shade is fine and full sun is tolerated if ...
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How do I make Emerald Green Arborvitae grow as fast as biologically possible?

There's an interesting piece of research online carried out in June 2005 at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and published in the Horticultural Research Institute Journal; one of the ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I make Emerald Green Arborvitae grow as fast as biologically possible?

Depending on your space...STAGGER your plants making an equilateral triangle between 3 plants. 2' distance on each side or more (how high did you want to make this hedge?). 2'is great for a 6-8' ...
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How do I make Emerald Green Arborvitae grow as fast as biologically possible?

Thujas like a fair amount of "food" to jump start them after xfer/transplant. Purchase some sort of evergreen fertilizer product ("M Roots" is one name brand) that has a mycorrhiza element within it ...
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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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How do I get rid of wild grape vines?

If you are patient enough to do it, I think its worth going through with a pair of small hand pruners (Fishers makes a very small pair for indoor floral work) and cutting free the tendrils wrapped ...
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How can I add drainage to an area with shrubs already there?

You need somewhere for the water to go. If there is anywhere close by that is lower than the planting area then: dig a trench to the lower area about six inches wide and at least six to twelve inches ...
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Is it practical to sharpen hedger blades yourself?

I would say that it is worth the time, based on my sharpening experiences. Here is a nice e-how article on the process that breaks it down better than I ever could. I've only sharpened trimmers a few ...
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When is the best time to trim cedar hedges?

It is best to prune cedar hedges more than once during the growing season, starting in the spring after the sap is running. This will prevent the plant from excessive dehydration. See here. To ...
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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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How much seasonal, internal die-off of Arborvitae is natural and expected?

I agree with Ecnerwal. Both white pines and cedars in the wild will drop needles or leaves in the fall. If you can find wild stands of these trees you will notice there is little else growing on the ...
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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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How do I prevent basal shoots from bay laurel (Laurus nobilis)?

If you just cut down the unwanted plants and left the roots in situ, they will continue to try to grow all the time. The only way to stop that is to treat the stumps with stumpkiller, something like ...
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How much seasonal, internal die-off of Arborvitae is natural and expected?

Internally shaded parts of pretty much all dense evergreens will die off due to lack of light, as the exterior parts grow and shade them out. When light levels reaching a leaf become too low for the ...
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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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Cutting height of Cedar Hedges

Yes, they will regrow. I have seen cedars be chopped down to less than half their original height. They do regrow but are powerfully ugly for a few years. Providing more water and fertilizer in the ...
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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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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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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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