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I have just bought a property in Hamilton with boundary pittosporum hedging. It was quite bald in areas and has improved(looking at photos)but I have a 2m area that seems dead till you see new growth in random places—what do I feed and or spray etc to encourage it and sort any issues

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Hi Jan, I would use the age of the hedge as a guide line, If you think the hedge is quite old I would consider replacing this. A starting point would be to remove any dead wood, once this has been done re-assess what it looks like and decide to replace or see if you can get some new growth. To make this happen use a good slow release fertiliser like Novatec first (try to apply this around the drip line) Then apply a good Mulch (like the Manuka mulch) to keep the moisture in and the weeds down. Right now would be an excellent time to do this. All going to plan you should see some new growth appear here and there over the next 6-8 weeks and then lots more during the spring months. If not enough new growth has appeared by mid October you will need to consider replacing the hedge.

Thanks the Palmers Team

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