Rescuing a poorly maintained hedge

We have a hedge that's grown wider rather than taller with most of the growth on the outer edges. I'm worried that cutting it back will make it look a bit sparse. Can it be remodelled or encouraged to grow more densely after cutting back?

Asked by Adam on 10th Feb 2023
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"I would like to come sout and see what is to be done to be honest pal"
Answered on 13th Aug 2023 - Member since Aug 2023 - report
"The hedge has a natural direction of growth...
You can't force it to grow up instead of sideways.
Why not just tidy it up... make it look neat and trimmed... simple."
Answered on 19th May 2024 - Member since Apr 2024 - report
"it depends on what type of hedge it is. Some can be cut right back and some will leave it looking sparse."
Answered on 27th Feb 2024 - Member since Feb 2024 - report
"This depends upon the species of the hedge. Coniferous (evergreen) trees/hedging will not tolerate harsh pruning as they lack the cells required to regenerate and produce new growth. Deciduous hedging such as Laurel, Privet, Hawthorn etc can be pruned quite heavily and will regenerate. Please note all works should be conducted outside of bird nesting season. Heavy pruning of deciduous hedging should take place close to the end of September. New growth should appear the following year."
Answered on 5th Jul 2024 - Member since Aug 2023 - report
"Hi... my opinion is that if you cut back a little, it will probably become less common, but after a while and because of the cutting back, the new shoot will be more, so you will be much denser than before!"
Answered on 10th Feb 2023 - Member since Feb 2023 - report
"It depends on what type of hedge it is, some shrubs can handle a good cut back which then allows for new growth from the centre."
Answered on 13th Feb 2023 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"What type of hedge is it because there are some that you can and some that can’t"
Answered on 10th Feb 2023 - Member since May 2019 - report
"After a good cut it will go back perfectly in the spring and you can reshape it"
Answered on 10th Feb 2023 - Member since Jan 2023 - report
"Depends on what the hedge is.
Conifer needs small amount of green left or will just turn brown and not grow back.
Privet hedge can be cut back and will grow back within 3 months"
Answered on 10th Feb 2023 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
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