Hedges are wonderful things! Not only do they provide much needed privacy for many gardens, but they are often also a haven for wildlife. If you find yourself with an old evergreen hedge, like a privet, yew, holly or box, that’s a bit worse for wear, now is the time to begin its restoration. Evergreen hedges respond best to pruning when they are actively growing.
On one side of the hedge only, cut back hard to at least 15cm less than your desired width, cutting into some fairly thick stems. Cut the other side and top as usual, then apply a feed and mulch to encourage new growth. In the summer, clip the new shoots lightly to encourage them to thicken out. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly the new growth begins to fill the gap.