Rejuvenating conifer hedges

 Thuja and yew hedges. The rejuvenation method, as described above, is not suitable for conifers, since they have very few dormant buds. Thujas and yews are an exception, since they respond well to sever cutting back. Old plants should be reduced by half, and lateral branches should be shortened by half or a third, so as to shape the hedge into a sloping form. Dead branches should be removed. The best time to rejuvenate conifers is summer, from the beginning of June to midsummer. You could also prune in the second half of summer to early winter, however, this period is less favorable. The rejuvenated plants should be looked after, fertilized, and watered in a prolonged dry spell.

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After the builders have gone

The suburbs are expanding, with new properties mushrooming all over the place. After construction work has been finished, the builders will only clear up the site and level off the ground, at most. So it is down to the new owners to face the challenge of tidying up and planting the plot. Some new home owners are lucky enough to buy a new property with lawn and several trees installed; however, their joy is often short-lived.

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