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We have recently had our 3 m high Laurel Hedge cut.

 

Prior to cutting it was a beautiful thick hedge with glossy leaves - after cutting large gaps have appeared (please see the photograph attached) so we can see through to the house next door.

 

I am hoping the gaps will fill in when the spring growth starts?

 

Could anybody please confirm that this is likely to be the case!

 

Kind Regards

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Laurel is resilient, it will regrow. Best to give it a feed in the spring if it looks like it's not performing too well. Personally I wouldn't be concerned as there seems to be sufficient leaf cover remaining, although a couple of photos showing more of the hedge would help. 

Shape has a lot to do with the long term health of a hedge, it should ideally be narrower at the top than the bottom. Trimming twice a year helps keep it thicker too.

It might be worth considering a trim in late spring and early autumn, this will help thicken the hedge and allow for a little regrowth before winter sets in which will help cover any gaps which can open up after trimming.

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Conor - Thank you for your comprehensive reply.

 

It is good to know it will regrow.

 

Can you suggest an appropriate feed? - I generally use Miracle Grow around the garden

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It depends, if the gaps are due to the trimming, ie the reduction in width of the hedge.

If that is the case I wouldn’t worry a jot or bother with feeding. It’ll come back strong in the spring.

 

If the holes appeared in the weeks afterwards due to defoliation it’s a different matter all together.

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Mick,

 

Thank You.

 

The comment you make:-

“If the holes appeared in the weeks afterwards due to defoliation it’s a different matter all together”

 

Slightly worries me as I feel the holes are getting bigger.
 

The Trees are about 50 years old - could they possibly be diseased?

 

Regards,

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Cut a Laurel to 6” about ground it’s now 12ft high a few years later, it bounced back straight away/never stopped growing, it would be pointless feeding it. 

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3 hours ago, parkgate said:

Mick,

 

Thank You.

 

The comment you make:-

“If the holes appeared in the weeks afterwards due to defoliation it’s a different matter all together”

 

Slightly worries me as I feel the holes are getting bigger.
 

The Trees are about 50 years old - could they possibly be diseased?

 

Regards,

Get some better photos up.

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The " gaps " were probably there prior to cutting , just covered up by the foliage .  It will come back I am sure .

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It's a hard task to kill a laurel but it is worth giving them a helping hand like any hedge. Try some rotten horse manure. It has worked well on some privet hedges that have looked a bit weak but I think stubby might be spot on. 

I've hacked plenty of laurels to within an inch of their lives but they always come back.

 

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It'll be just fine, as others have said you can cut laurel back to ground level and it'll regrow. 

 

Your hedge was probably left too long without properly trimming it. 

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