Had 10 Big Hemlocks And One Died, Now I Have Only 9 Big Helmlocks - Knowledgebase Question

Emerson, NJ
Question by NYDIADECRIST
March 10, 2000
WHAT CAN BE DONE WHEN A ROW OF 10 HELMLOCKS, ONE DIES AND IS IN THE SECOND ONE IN. I TRIED PLANT 2 MORE, BUT THEY DON'T SURVIVE, THE ONLY OTHER SOLUTION WOULD BE TO CHOP DOWN EVERY OTHER ONE AND PUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT. CAN YOU HELP ME ON HOW TO MAKE OR DO SOMETHING ABOUT DECORATING OR ARRANGING SOMETHING ON THIS ROW OF HELMLOCKS THAT ARE MY PROPERTY DIVIDERS, THERE HAVE BEEN THERE FOR 30 YEARS AND EVERY YEAR I SHAPE THEM, THEY LOOK BEAUTIFUL AND VERY FULL, SO EVEN FINDING A MATCH IS VERY DIFFICULT. tHANKS


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Answer from NGA
March 10, 2000

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What a dilemma! The best solution would be to do something that looks very deliberate rather than like "something happened" -- and it will need to be something rather large and architectural looking in order to fit in with the trees. You might try placing a large, substantial and very attractive section of decorative trellis covered in a vine. This would continue screening the property line and yet hold its own weight visually. Try planting a sweet autumn or fall blooming clematis on it; this plant will bloom in sun or shade and can cover the trellis in one season. It blooms in the fall with fragrant white flowers over a long period and the bright green foliage should make a nice accent to the darker hemlocks. Alternatively you might try a small ornamental tree such as a redbud. This tree will tolerate sun or shade and has lovelypinkish purple blooms in very early spring. Ideally you would plant several of these, either three or five altogether so that they blend the "replacement" into a grouping thus making it less obvious that is what you have done. If you consider using a tree, make sure there is enough room for it in among the hemlocks. I hope this gives you some ideas.

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