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 Post subject: Hedge suggestions
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:38 pm 
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Last summer I moved into a house that had a hedge of Japanese euonymous around the front porch. As you might expect, half of the plants in the hedge were dead and the other half had a bad case of scale.

I managed to save the surviving plants last summer, but this summer several more of them have died off.

The surviving plants seem to be doing OK for now so I don't want to go to the hassle of digging them up. Does anybody have any suggestions for a plant that could be used to replace the dead Japanese euonymouses (euonymice?) that would work well with the surviving plants? I'm looking for something that is that same dark green/yellow color and would be about 3 feet tall and could be trimmed into a flat topped hedge shape.


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 Post subject: Re: Hedge suggestions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:26 am 
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Where are you located? The recommendations hinge on that answer.

My recommendations may not line up with what you've been thinking about, but they may offer food for thought.

I don't like hedges. I'd rather plants have a plant shape, so I don't use them to augment the architecture by cutting them into boxy shapes. There was some of that diseased hedge euonymus stuff in my yard when I moved in a few years ago. During the first year I felt quite liberated when I got rid of it entirely. I didn't dig out the roots (cut off at soil level) until they rotted out, but just mulched them heavily and planted around them. I had to trim suckering stems for a while, but this worked and they are all gone. Sugar or molasses poured on the stump helps it rot faster.

I don't have a hedge around the house now, I reserve that zone (here in North Texas) for the plants that want the extra water that comes from running a soaker hose about 18" away from my foundation for summer watering.

Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Hedge suggestions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:53 am 
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I'm in Dallas. I've got heavy clay soil and this particular part of the yard has shade in the morning and then sun from late morning through early evening.


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 Post subject: Re: Hedge suggestions
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:13 am 
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You have a good amount of light then! What is next to the hedge? Turf? What kind, and do you have a sprinkler system? How much water is the hedge area liable to get? Do you suppose the unhealthy hedge has to do with water issues? Too much or little make a big difference. This is something to tackle in conjunction with finding the right mix of fertilizing and pest control. Then find something to interplant.

For a low-growing evergreen plant that will stay a low growing plant, dwarf yaupon is a good one, great for xeriscape. There are several nice plants in the holly family you could consider.

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 Post subject: Re: Hedge suggestions
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 1:40 pm 
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I agree with Northwesterner. A good holly will also benefit the birds! Plant native and attract wildlife!

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