New hedge requires TLC
Tuesday 15th July 2003 in the garden diary...
I've been a bit worried about the hedge which I planted last November: much of the hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) has developed some sort of mildew.
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I hadn't paid the whitish patches appearing on the hawthorn much attention and before I knew it, practically every hawthorn in the hedge was affected. The blackthorn (Prunus spinsoa), field maple (Acer campestre) and crab apple (Malus sylvestris) were unaffected.
I realised that I had been very remiss in my care of this young hedge - particularly given the very dry weather we have been having. I believe that the hawthorn is suffering from 'powdery mildew' which is encouraged by dry soil. I cut as much of the affected shoots away as I reasonably could and gave the hedge a good watering. In dry weather, I have resolved to give the hedge a good soaking at least once a week. I hope that too much damage has not already been done.
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