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Conifer Hedge Replacement

Jan B asks:

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We have inherited a long row of conifers against a boundary fence in our new garden which are almost as tall as the house, have not been looked after and we would like to remove and replace. Could you suggest a replacement for them? We thought of a beech hedge because we know the birds will miss the cover of the trees but wonder if the soil would be too full of roots. We live in Ringmer in East Sussex and the soil is clay.


Answer

The Beach trees are a good idea however anything you plant will need to deal the previous conifers root system. Planting maybe difficult but can be done.

If you are looking to go with a deciduous plant like a beach look for species with "columnar" in the variety name. Columnar means upright narrow growth and will make a great screen when planted in close proximity of one another.


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