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    Default Overgrown privet hedge

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    I have recently bought a house with an old garden which has privet hedging which is 20ft plus tall, all the leaves are at the top. Does anyone know if it will grow back if I cut is to about 4ft?

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    Yes it will grow back over quite a long time. Wait until Spring before cutting it back and give it a good feed in the Spring too.

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    i cut mine down to about 4ft in november, and right back to about a foot wide, no green stuff left at all, when i moved in, it grew back quickly when spring started (and is just starting to sprout now) and was covered in leaves completely by summer and by the next year was beautiful
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    Don't so it during bird nesting time just in case. One thing to consider is that it can be a bit of a thug and does take water and nutrients out of the soil so you might want to think about taking it out and putting something else in it's place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by draig View Post
    I have recently bought a house with an old garden which has privet hedging which is 20ft plus tall
    That is incredibly tall for a privet. They normally don't get much taller than 9ft at most

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    Hi and welcome to the vine.

    Our privet was 20 foot tall - we keep cutting it down but it always gets out of hand. This spring it is coming out completely and we are going to put a fence in instead. Remember the long straight bits can be used instead of canes for your beans and the twiggy top bits are good for pea supports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nick the grief View Post
    Don't so it during bird nesting time just in case. One thing to consider is that it can be a bit of a thug and does take water and nutrients out of the soil so you might want to think about taking it out and putting something else in it's place.
    As long as it's not Leylandii!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Two_Sheds View Post
    That is incredibly tall for a privet. They normally don't get much taller than 9ft at most
    one of my neighbours privets is so tall, you can only see his house roof above them ..... don't think he likes people much.

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