Maple saplings growing in hedge. - Knowledgebase Question

Cheltenham, PA
Question by srkaplan
September 28, 1999
We recently bought a house that has a high hedge around three sides of the yard. We also have a lovely maple tree. Unfortunately, maple saplings are taking over the hedge. They are growing throughout it, some as tall as the hedge and too thick to cut with hand trimmers. As a result, the hedge looks terrible, and if all the trees were removed, there wouldn't be much left of it. I'm tempted to cut out all the trees and substantially prune the hedge and hope it looks better next year. Is this the right approach? How do I keep the saplings under control in the future? Should we fertilize the hedge? I'd appreciate any suggestions.


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Answer from NGA
September 28, 1999

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You may also find, however, that the same tree is now shading much of the hedge, or that its roots and canopy are competing with the hedge for light and water and nutrients. If this is the case, it may be time to consider other options such as a fence or wall or a fence covered with vines instead of the hedge at least in some areas.

Good luck with your project! top to bottom.

You may also find, however, that the same tree is now shading much of the hedge, or that its roots and canopy are competing with the hedge for light and water and nutrients. If this is the case, it may be time to consider other options such as a fence or wall or a fence covered with vines instead of the hedge at least in some areas.

Good luck with your project!

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