How To Deal With Thinning Conifer Hedges.
As the climate in the United Kingdom changes and warms conifers, especially conifer hedges become more susceptible to disease and fungal diseases. Combined with the fact that conifers are short live plant on average 30 years most hedges are starting to die back naturally as they age, although correct pruning and feeding helps.
For people that have thinning conifer hedges at the base, we normally recommend planting with Lonicera nitida or taxus bacata, common yew which is happy to grow at the base of the conifers and thicken up and stands being clipped.
For general thinning conifers, we recommend and plant a range of replacement plants such as bamboo which will fill the spaces in the conifers created by the conifer dying back. As the bamboo becomes established the conifers can be cut back and the bamboo will create a new replacement hedge.
Golden Bamboo (Phyllostachys aureocaulis )
Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra)
Green Bamboo (Phyllostachys bissettii)