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What do you do with hedge clippings?

The clippings that fall from the pruned shrubs are beneficial to the yard as mulch. The shrub clippings can be used as is, shredded or composted to be spread around plants and trees. Only use clippings from healthy shrubs; plants infected with disease or pests must be destroyed to prevent spreading the infection.

Similarly one may ask, what do you do with hedge cuttings?

Larger Hedge Clippings (1cm – 4cm in diameter)

  1. If you have space, stockpile the clippings and allow them to rot before being added to your main compost.
  2. Snip them into short lengths and used as an alternative to a woodchip mulch.
  3. Pass through a ‘domestic’ shredder and use as a mulch or add to your main compost.

Additionally, how do I take cuttings from a privet hedge? Dip the bare end of the cuttings into the rooting hormone and shake off any excess residue. Stick the hormone-treated end of the cuttings into the planting medium, and firm the soil around the cuttings so they stand erect. Cover the container with clear plastic, or place it in a clear plastic bag and seal it shut.

Then, can you compost yew clippings?

Citrus, rhubarb and the clippings of conifer, walnut, laurel and yew can all be composted: any toxicity will break down in the heap. Woody material will decompose more quickly if shredded, as will conifer, eucalyptus and rhododendron leaves.

Can I compost conifer cuttings?

No! Like all plant matter, conifers, including Leylandii, can be composted but most people avoid adding them to their usual compost heap. The branches and leaves are very acidic so can upset the balance of your compost heap and later, your soil. The resin can also be toxic, so be careful of that.

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