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Q.Laurel hedge planting

Zone Birmingham | Whitekarl added on December 8, 2018 | Answered

I have had a laurel hedge planted by a local gardener – couple months ago. Not knowing much about gardening I didn’t notice at the time that they planted it right up against the fence – no space behind it.
Will it grow ok? Should I try to move them forward to give them some growing room??
Thanks for any replies!

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Answered on December 8, 2018

That is very unfortunate. It will not hurt the fence, but the hedge will not like it too much. I wouldn't move them, since they are getting established, and now would be the wrong time to do so anyway.

The best thing to do from here will be to prune that side heavily, and keep it pruned so that it stays off of the fence. Eventually, you will have an area trained into an alley way. This will give it the best chance.

This article will give you more information on the care of these: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/shrubs/cherry-laurel/growing-cherry-laurels.htm

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Answered on December 10, 2018

Great, thanks for the help bushdoctor!

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