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In order to maintain well-kept hedges, tireless hours of pruning and clipping are essential. But who has the time to be a slave to their hedges? At Blaxland Lawn Mowing we are proud to commit our time to keeping your hedges trimmed and in beautiful condition.
I have to say that over the years I have found Hedges give me the Greatest reward in seeing them trimmed correctly. whether its conifer I personally Love doing them. We come out, set up our portable scaffold and get them back in order. First in most cases we take out the bulk with our heavy machinery then we go back over the whole lot with various hand secateurs in order to give the straight cuts on the stems required for health of the plant. Finally we spray our natural antiseptic over the entire hedge to ensure the stabilizing of the plant after the shock of a cut, Finally we pour a tonic at the root base of each plant comprising the hedge and mulch out the base in if its heading into a colder season.
Because the climate of the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney is so conducive, hedges grow at a rapid pace. Trimming is not only done for visual appeal but regular trimming is necessary to train the hedge to grow to its fullest capacity. Managing your hedges is critical and letting the hedge grow too far without attention can cause problems, we can consult with you regarding regular maintenance of the hedge or hedges on your property. There are many different types of hedges and Blaxland Lawn Mowing has worked on most types over the years. so whatever the issue may be we will find the solution quickly and competently for you. Call now on 1300 882 787 for a free quote.
The red tip photinia is a popular shrub used as a fence row in the eastern half of North America. The oval leaves of photinia plants start out red, but turn into the dark ever green after a couple weeks to a month. During the spring, the photinia also has small white flowers that produce red fruits, that often last into the winter. Care of Red Tip Photinia It is important to provide the red tip photinia with a few basics to maintain a healthy plant and avoid photinia disease. Be sure to provide a well-drained soil, so that it isn’t too wet. Photinia plants also prefer full sun, but it can tolerate partial shade. It is also important to make sure it doesn’t grow to dense. Pruning photinia plants is crucial to the health of the plant. If there isn’t enough room for air to move around the leaves, it can develop photinia disease.
Diseases That Affect Photinia
A common photinia disease that affects red tip photinia is caused by a Fungus attacking the leaves of the plant. The symptoms are red, purple or maroon circles on the leaves. It is important to avoid getting the leaves wet if there are signs, because it helps spread the mold to healthy leaves. The leaves will fall off, eventually leading to the death of the red tip photinia. It is important to either completely remove dead leaves or cover them with mulch to prevent the fungus from affecting the rest of the photinia plants.
Propogating Red Tip Photinia
You can promote a new healthy plant by pruning photinia and making cuttings from another healthy plant. There are three basic ways to create a new photinia plant, using pieces that are three segments, or nodes, long:
Put cuttings into a mix of perlite and vermiculte in a ziplock bag, place in light.
Put cuttings directly into potting soil, let them root under light
Put cuttings in water, place on a window sill with plenty of light.
When you have new root growth, plant the new plants from the photinia pruning in pots till the roots are stronger. Then you are able to plant a new red tip photinia in an area where it has plenty of room and light to grow strong and healthy.
"Sweet viburnum" is a hardy, fast growing hedge plant. "Sweet viburnum" is suited to hedging from 1.3m up to 3m tall. Viburnum odoratissimum "Sweet viburnum" is a thick growing and evergreen shrub. White flowers develop in late winter and spring. "Sweet viburnum" is best suited to mild climates, Temperate (avoid heavy frosts) Warm temperate, Mediterranean (with summer watering) and Subtropical climates. Shrubs will withstand light frosts. Sweet viburnum also makes an excellent screen plant, although it can grow wide and bushy if not pruned.
In regard to care, plant your "Sweet viburnum" in a well drained soil, in an open sunny position. Plant with an organic planting mix and use slow release fertiliser. Water well to establish plants. Fertilise in spring with any general purpose NPK garden fertiliser, this will enhance growth considerably. Viburnums thrive on liquid fertilisers also. Best soil types are loams, however "Sweet viburnum" is quite an adaptable shrub and will grow in sandy and heavy soils just as well, but they are not suited to heavy clay soils. Plants will live for 40 years plus under good conditions. Requires good watering to establish, however once established is reasonably drought tolerant. Regular pruning is required, around three times a year and more for a neat hedge. Hard pruning is best done in spring after flowering. Grows best in full sun to semi-shade conditions.
There a few species that are fast growing to screen the neighbours. Lilly Pillies are popular fast growing shrub and Leightons Green conifers are also very popular.
Acmena Smithi - Will grow to approx 6-8 metres in Sydney. Australian native which bears flowers and berries in spring/summer. Bird attracting, reasonably fast growing and will provide a natural thick dense screen. Can be pruned to desired height. This species is commonly known as "Neighbours be gone".
Acmena Smithii 'minor' (Dwarf Lilly Pilly) - For those who only want a screen to approx 3-4 metres this is perfect. Low maintenance however a little slower than Acmena Smithii. Thick dense foliage with flowers and berries. Smaller foliage than Acmena Smithii.
Sygygium Leumanhii (Weeping Lilly Pilly) - Excellent hedge or specimen tree. Can be left unpruned. Will grow to approx 6-7 metres if left unclipped, alternatively you can prune to any desired height to form dense hedge. White fluffy flowers and berries form in spring/summer.
Sygygium Hinterland Gold - Also known as the Gold Lilly Pilly, Syzygium Hinterland Gold is an Australian native that forms a dense screen without an invasive root system. A compact and fast growing shrub reaching 2 metres high x 1.5 metres wide with glossy green foliage and gold coloured new growth. Minimal pruning is required as it has a naturally uniform habit. Performing best in well-drained soil in a full-sun to part-shade position.
Cupressus Leightons Green -Fast growing conifer is a hardy evergreen tree with conical shape. Will grow in almost any soil type. Best grown in sunny open area with well drained soil. Will grow to approx 7 metres. Height can be determined how close the plants are planted. If you would like a dense screen recommended spacing is 1 every 1-1.5 metres apart. Can be hedged. Tops can be pruned off at early age.
Conifers Leightons Green
10 >Plants of Leightons Green Conifers LEYLANDII cupressocyparis
Fast growing cypresses that make great screens and hedges as well as magnificent specimen trees. Long living, with many decades of growth, they can be left to grow to their full height or contained by regular pruning.
The plants you will receive in this listing will be in individual 50 by 70mm pots. They will have established roots and will be ready to plant into your Gardens
This variety of cypress is a deep to mid green fast hedging, screening, privacy conifer
Hardy, Tough, Resilient Plants
Frost, Wind and Drought resistant.
Full sun or partial shade.
Known for their fast, hardy and dense hedging capabilities.
Cupressocyparis leylandii Leightons green conifers are great as a living privacy screen, maybe as a magnificent feature interdispered within a large garden, the artistic and relaxing form of the bonsai/topiary, the wind break or stock shelter belt on the farm.
They will grow to an approximate height of 20 metres tall when mature.Able to be maintained at any height and width within its growth range It will grow between 50 to 80cm per year.Some growers/sellers say over a metre a year but I haven't seen this Plant them 1 to 1.5 metre apart for a quick dense hedge. If you have the time then you can plant them further apart
To hedge even faster for privacy, plant them close together at 0.5 to 1 metre apart and then remove every second tree when they really crowd each other.
CAN BE HEDGED IN AT 2 TO 15 METRES IN HEIGHT.
Also able to be grown in pots for portable Screen, Hedge, Topiary.
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