Question: PRUNE AND REDUCE SIEPE LAURO
Good morning, I have a big problem with a Lauro hedge, we have recently bought a house, the previous owners have let go of the garden on their own and now I find myself with another 2.5m laurel hedge and a 1.80m wide hedge with big logs. I wanted to reduce it a bit in height and also in width, can you give me some advice please?
Thanks so much
Answer: PRUNE AND REDUCE SIEPE LAURO
unfortunately many plants that are used to produce hedges are not so suitable to all live near, and with the passing of the years they tend to become vegetable monsters, of large dimensions, with the green vegetation that develops above all in the external part of the bush , and dark logs inward. I realize that replacing a hedge of this type involves not insignificant costs, as you should cut it all off, dispose of abnormal amounts of foliage and timber and also have the stumps removed, which certainly take up quite a bit of the land. So you can try to prune your huge hedge, hoping to be able to get something a little smaller and more agreeable, like a plant wall and not an impenetrable wall. The only problem is that if you today halve the branches of your hedge, you are likely to find yourself with sad, dark branches, without leaves, which are unlikely to be able to fully recover, producing new foliage. I therefore advise you to proceed step by step, without thinking of solving the problem in a couple of days of pruning. The lauroceraso tolerates pruning quite well, and is a vigorous shrub, which responds quite quickly to human interventions; however, consider that the plants tend to grow more after pruning, because they try to re-establish the previous relationship between the woody part and the green part. Proceeding step by step means starting to cut the green branches, but without arriving at the woody and vegetation-free part, but keeping enough outside the hedge; in a few months, you will repeat the operation, in order to favor the development of green branches even in places a little more internal to the foliage, to allow you to prune more and more in depth, containing the final dimensions of the hedge. It is not certain that this work will certainly lead to an aesthetically beautiful and luxuriant hedge, so before starting it is a good idea if you should repeat several prunings, favoring the development of green branches even in the inner part of the hedge, or if instead you should try to remove all the plants and replace the hedge with some less vigorous and easier to manage plants. You must also consider the size of your garden and the development of the hedge as a whole; try to make a light pruning, and see the result, and maybe even by simply shortening all the branches by 10-30 cm and making the hedge more pleasant, the monster will seem less "monstrous".