Leaves on privet hedge turning black in spring

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    Hello all,

    It’s been a while since I visited the forum, I need your help, guys… Also please tell me if I’m posting in the right section!

    I was going around my garden this morning and noticed that a portion of my hedge hasn’t grown as well as the rest. It’s been a few weeks since leaves have started appearing. About three feet of hedge space aren’t even growing at all. There are a few green buds, but some are all black as if they were burnt. And leaves are turning yellow, too.





    About three feet from this one, a second portion is starting to die off, but it isn’t as bad:



    This is an old hedge that dates back to when the subdivision was built, maybe 40 years ago. I pruned it last August but didn’t cut this part any different from the rest. I share the hedge with a neighbor, technically they’re on his side, and the hedge looks much greener on his side than mine. The patch I’ve shown here is south-facing, the rest of the hedge looks great.

    Do you have an idea what I can do to make it look better?

    Thanks!  😀

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    Hi Gin, for my part I can’t help but think about old age. I had a 25 year-old hedge at the back of the garden and it started out exactly like you. Bare spots appeared and then spread, and half the hedge died within the next 3 years.

    I replaced them with Elaeagnus, I’m happy I did that.

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