The hedge had gotten quite overgown with grass and weeds and I knew this would affect how my hedge would grow this spring/summer. It was great to get outside into the fresh air and get the job done. It has made such a difference to our lawn and hedge, now I can see that I have a hedge and not just overgrown grass! Once I had all the weeds pulled, there were a couple of gaps in the hedge, so I just planted a couple of the bare root whitethorn whips.
I covered the base of the hedge with bark mulch.. The bark will help to suppress the weeds this coming summer and hopefully I'll have less weeding to do - which to me equals success. I'd much rather be planting than weeding if out in the garden!
I had a bit of help too, the kids loved to get out into the fresh air and 'help', although they find Bryan's shovel and wheelbarrow more interesting than the actual weeding.