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May 13, 2013, 01:22 PM
Alex Reynolds
Cotoneaster disaster
We have an insanely labor intensive Cotoneaster hedge we are trying to take off about a foot from it, but have no idea what the right tool for the job is, we can rent whatever is needed at home depo I'm assuming, any suggestions?
May 13, 2013, 02:10 PM
Is it old, overgrown and have lots of woody stems...almost like small tree trunks? Often with only top growth instead of fullness throughout?

The best cure we have found for an old cotoneaster hedge, is get a chain saw and cut it down close to the ground (late fall or early spring). The roots are still strong and active, and it will soon start to quickly send up new shoots. It will not be full size in a year or even two, but you can control the height, health and shape with much more success. It is also a good cure if you have scale on the old growth.

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May 13, 2013, 07:05 PM
What is it about the hedge that makes it so labor intensive? I have the same questions as Conrad, as well as whether or not there are too many plants too close together. Sometimes hedges are planted this way initially but the plants soon grow into each other and became a tangled mess.

Do you have any photos of the hedge so we can see exactly how it's overgrown?

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