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Protecting an evergreen hedge over winter

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by 280807, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. 280807

    280807 Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi,
    Can anybody give me any advice for protecting an evergreen hedge over winter? I have a hedge of Griselinia Littoralis which is about 100ft long. It has been planted for 20 months, the shrubs vary from 4ft tall to 6 ft tall, it is protected on one side by a 5.5 ft fence but it is open at the other side so will get all the wind and weather that comes from the West. Last winter some of the shrubs were frost damaged, we only lost 1 or 2 although some had to be cut back because some leaves and branches didn’t make it. I have read reports that we are going to have another harsh, cold winter, so I was wondering if anybody can advise how I can protect my Griselinia Littoralis hedge over winter. Any help will be very much appreciated and I thank you in advance for any advise.

    Thanks
     
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    If it was a mature hedge then it would probably hold it's own against the weather, but as you say being young it is best to give it some protection.

    The only way I can suggest and I've seen it locally, is to put stakes up along it's length and pin or staple a fine meshed netting to it, it will let the air through but keep the worst of the weather off. :)
     
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      Go to your local garden centre and see if they`ll do you a good discount on 100ft of frost fleece.:thumbsup: Which part of the country are you? Welcome to the site by the way.:dbgrtmb:
       
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        280807 Apprentice Gardener

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        Hi, I live in the North West. Thank you for your advise, and for the welcome to the forum, I am looking forward to getting lots of useful advise and tips.

        I have also had advise to cover the border around the base of the shrubs and the roots with a layer of mulch or fallen leaves. Do you think this is good advise?
        Thanks again.
         
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        Yes mulching is a very good thing to do. Cover the soil with a 2 inch layer around your shrubs or cover the whole border if your budget allows.Mulch provides some protection against the frost and improves the soil structure.
         
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