Dear Sir/Madam, I have what I believe to be a Thuja Occidentalis Pyramidalis (?columnar) hedge. This hedge consists of 40-50 trees that range roughly from 18-22 ‘ in height and approximately 2”6” in width. The hedge was cut by my gardener to 12’ in height. Since the house behind us is on a steep incline, the hedge no longer provides any privacy. The gardener is very remorseful for his error and wants to try to speed up the growth of the hedge to help restore our privacy. He plans to use a combination of fertilizer, sea salt and watering starting in February. I would like to be very careful about not causing any further damage. I have a few related questions; 1. How much growth can be expected annually? It appears to be a slow growing variety. 2. Can we expect to appreciably speed up the growth with this plan? 3. With the original top being cut off, will it be more likely to grow "out" instead of "up"? 4. If the growth is forced will the resulting tops be more susceptible to damage from wind and snow? In the attached photos, which show the "before and after" change in height, I am Not referring to the portion of the hedge that shows the lower trunks exposed, these are not involved in the privacy issue and appear to be a slightly different variety. Thank you very much for any insight/advice you may be able to provide.