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Old 04-04-2011, 08:58 AM   #1
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Hedges? Are mine salvagable?


Inherited a house from great Uncle, hedges are roughly 7' - 8' high. They get green leaves, (pretty lush) on the top, but about 3' down they are basically sticks! (no sunlight getting to the bottoms for a LONG time years) There is a 4' high chain link fence on the outside of them and I would like to cut them down to 5'. But that is about where the sticks only start. IF I cut them down to 5' WILL they leave grow back? IF so approximately how long would it take? (I am guessing 1 - 2 years???) Question 2, if they WON'T grow back are they replantable? My sister wants them if I am not keeping them? I live in Philadelphia Pa, not sure of zone? When would be the best time to trim them or dig them up to replant?

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We will probably need pictures to identify the type of plant. Most often though, when the lower branches die off, they are dead. If you cut off the top living part, you might as well cut down the shrub.

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It depends on the type of shrub. For example, I have privet hedge, eonymus and red tip shrubs. Either of these I can cut off to short stumps and they leaf out pretty well in one season. The best time to cut them is winter or early spring. The width of coverage of each plant will be reduced, so you may have gaps between them for a couple of years.

Do you know what kind you have?
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It depends on the type of shrub. For example, I have privet hedge, eonymus and red tip shrubs. Either of these I can cut off to short stumps and they leaf out pretty well in one season. The best time to cut them is winter or early spring. The width of coverage of each plant will be reduced, so you may have gaps between them for a couple of years.

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Nancy Thank You! No I don't know, I believe they are privet hedges, they are just all green

.http://www.blujay.com/item/PRIVET-HE...090702-2789460
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