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How much water do privet hedges need?

After planting your privet hedge, it should be watered regularly until it’s established. For a newly-planted hedge, we’d recommend watering every 2-3 days. It’s better to water generously 3 times a week, rather than a little every day.Dec 20, 2018

How often should I water new hedges?

To keep your new hedge growing well, check out our tips from Morris, our resident horticulturalist. Do – water thoroughly. Give your new hedges and plants a thorough soaking. New bare root plants should have 5-10 litres of water once or twice a week (depending on the weather) for each metre of hedge.

Why do privet leaves turn brown?

Woody plants can become dehydrated in winter, showing symptoms of water-stress such as dry, brown leaves. To help prevent water loss, water the privet well during fall dry spells and mulch around the plant to help retain moisture in the soil.

Why is my privet hedge dying?

Privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium) is highly susceptible to honey fungus, Armillaria mellea, and this is almost certainly the cause of death. There is no cure. Remove the infected hedge as soon as you can, but don’t compost any material.

Why are the leaves on my privet hedge turning yellow?

Privets are susceptible to several fungal disorders, such as leaf spot and root rot, that can cause leaves to turn yellow. When the problem is severe, leaves may blacken and die. Proper spacing of plants helps ensure good air circulation, so that foliage dries quickly after rain and fungus doesn’t grow.

How do you keep a privet hedge healthy?

Grow privet in moist but well-drained soil in sun to shade. Keep plants well watered in the first two years and the area around the plants weed-free. Prune once or twice a year to maintain a traditional ‘hedge’ shape. Be careful to check for bird nests before pruning.

Should I feed my privet hedge?

Fertilize the privet in the pot

From March to the end of August you should fertilize with liquid fertilizer in the irrigation water every two to three weeks. Alternatively, you can fertilize with compost and horn shavings in spring.

Can you over water privet?

Install two drip emitters per plant rather than just one and put them on either side of the plant: 6 inches when they are first planted and then move to 12 inches away after a couple of years. Root rot comes from watering too often not by giving it too much water. Whatever you do, don’t water these plants every day.

How do you rejuvenate a privet hedge?

To rejuvenate a privet hedge, cut the entire hedge back to within 12 inches (31 cm.) of the ground. Do this in late winter. The shrubs re-sprout after being cut back hard.

How do you revive a dying privet hedge?

By pruning out dead or diseased growth, regular watering and feeding and with a thick layer of mulch and compost, it is possible to nurture your hedge plants back to good health. And that is a wonderful thing to achieve.

What kills a privet hedge?

The most common hedge killer is Honey Fungus (Armillaria). Honey Fungus spreads through the soil and feeds on roots. Privet hedges are especially susceptible to Honey Fungus. To lower the risk of infection, avoid damp soil conditions when watering and provide good drainage.

Can dead hedges come back?

Reviving a dying hedge is possible if you detect the issue causing it to die and treat it in time. Knowing what the main cause is, behind dying hedges, is crucial in order to mend them and bring them back to life. Insects, overwatering, underwatering, pH levels and more may need addressing.

What is the best fertilizer for privet hedge?

15-5-10 fertiliser

A 15-5-10 fertiliser is best for privets, and don’t forget to water your hedge well after fertilising to ensure the product sinks in and reaches root-level.

How do I make my privet hedge thicker?

Trim at the Right Time

For privet hedges, it is best to trim at least twice a year between May and August. This is to maximise the chances of growth and make your shrub stronger throughout winter months. Put simply, the more you trim your privet hedge, the thicker and denser it becomes.

How do you encourage hedge growth?

To encourage even growth of your hedge plant, trim it at the right time of year – cutting back new growth at the top of the plant in Spring will redirect the growth hormones down to existing areas, leading to a thicker hedge in the Summer.

Is privet an acid loving plant?

Privets can be classified as preferring a slightly acidic soil, but true acid-loving plants need a pH below 6.0.

How often do you water privets?

Young Privet shrubs will need regular watering to establish the roots. Weekly watering an inch deep during the first year is suggested. Mature shrubs are drought tolerant. Water every 10-14 days increasing the frequency as needed during drought conditions.

When should I feed hedges?


Although shrubs and hedges are not quite as hungry as Roses, they do benefit from an annual feed. In early spring, use an all-purpose, organic fertiliser to feed your trees, shrubs and hedges. This will aid healthy growth and will especially benefit new, weak or recently pruned plants.

What type of soil does privet like?

Privet tolerates most soil conditions, so doesn’t require amendment or fertilization. Privet’s sole soil requirement is that the soil drains well. Standing water will kill a privet, as it drowns the roots and also kills off the microorganisms in the soil that help feed and nurture a growing plant.

Do privets like wet soil?

Will a privet hedge grow well in soil that is wet most of the time.

How long will a privet hedge last?

Depending on the settings, this privet can survive for up to 30 years in the correct conditions. Partially shaded to full sun is the optimal environment for this plant. It is able to thrive in both damp and dry environments. These bushes will provide no problems for the vast majority of homeowners.