details about renovating a hedge (privet)?
we got an allotment/ garden plot since last year with abot 6 yards of privet hedge in one corner. All in all ok, just somewhat a little too tall and wide. I want to take it back from about 3-4 feet wide to about 2 f (within 2 seasons).
And I am clear about timing and tools and all,
BUT the detail: I read in several books that you should rigg up some kind of batter board /template in order to get an even outline or shape, which in my case is tapering/ getting more narrow towards the top, prefarably in an regular angle and smooth surface.
So to make it clearer a pic of the hedge, with added coloring
Red: present outline or profile of the hedge
Purple: planned outline (well, roughly) and template/ batter board made out of roof lathe/ tiling batten/ timber batten
Pale blue: position of string/ wire to cut along at it
now, I wonder how you would do this. I thoght I put in 3 templates-thingies. The one at the end and front would be easy, the one in the middle bothers me. I would need to sqeeze it somehow into the hedge with it beeing aligned with the two other and of exactly the same built.
As fort he actual pruning: I planned to use wire and attach it to those timber frames, moving it from bottom to top in measured bits and prune working from one side to the other. OK, part of the fun is to put theory to practice, and now ist he first time that I can lay hands on a hedge and do this.
Any thoughts or pointers or what I should avoid? Has someone done this before and could help with the actual constructional drawing? Thanks a lot, bye, Lin
ps: sorry, couldnt find a better pic of the hedge