Answer: Salvaging plants can be quite rewarding, providing you have the equipment to properly dig and transport them to their new growing sites. You should expect some dieback due to stress and some transplant shock. Usually this kind of damage can be pruned away and the plants will recover. So, depending upon whether or not you have access to the equipment, salvaging might be worth the time and effort. On the other hand, once established, laurel hedges grow quite rapidly. New plants won't have the woody framework, but they will develop it over time. You might want to compare the prices of new plants and the cost of salvaging before making your final decision. In any event, best wishes with your laurel hedge!
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