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When is the best time to reinvigorate a hawthorn hedge?

I have one that's got too tall and spindly so all the growth is at the top. Can I cut the main trunk down to about a foot? Will it regrow?

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Stafford Lake Nursery

    I'm cutting my native hedges now. I like to get it done before birds start looking for spring territories. You can cut the main trunk down fairly low,but in my experience with hawthorn it doesn't respond as well as some other species to really hard pruning. Also hedges should ideally be cut so that they slope in slightly towards the top, allowing light to filter down to the bottom of the hedge to help growth stay dense all the way down.

  2. Grower


    Thank you for the info, i might try having a go at laying it over as the main stems are still quite slim never done it before so will have to look up how to do it.

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Amanda,

    There was a post here last year about spindly hedges - the post related to a privet hedge, but some of the comments after the post might be useful to you?

    As Stafford Lake says, now is the time to do some work on hedging, as the birds won't be trying to set up home yet - and without the leaves, you can often see more of the skeleton of the hedge.

    Hope this helps!

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