Hedging your Home Garden
Hedges are usually planted to define property boundaries and provide privacy or to give shelter from prevailing winds.
Hedge plants are comparatively easy to plant and form an attractive boundary more quickly than many gardeners imagine. As well as providing structure to the garden, they can be perfect for wildlife, and particularly nesting birds.
Rows of thickly planted shrubs can be a handsome way to define borders and boundary lines, keep children and pets in (or out), and give birds shelter and even food.
Nurserylive offers Top 10 plants to make hedge around your garden :
1. Duranta Golden
Advantages of hedging a garden :
- Clearing the air
- Attracting birds
- Protection of small plants from the elements like heavy breeze or storm.
- Defining your garden’s design
- Screening unsightly features
Choosing the best hedge:
Most trees and shrubs have potential to make hedges.
When it comes to choosing hedges, there’s lots of choice. Decide whether you want evergreen or deciduous hedging and always consider maintenance. The best hedges only need a once-a-year trim and slower-growing hedges make better barriers.
- Planting distances vary from 30-60cm (1-2ft), depending on the plants’ final size, the size of hedge required and plant vigour. For hedges thicker than 90cm (3ft), plant a staggered double row 45cm (18in) apart, with plants 90cm (3ft) apart.
- Trim back damaged roots to healthy growth with sharp knife or old pair of secateurs.
- Spread out the roots, ensuring the planting depth is correct (note that the previous soil mark on the stem indicates how deeply the plants were grown in the nursery or pot.)
- Work soil between the roots, firm plants in so that soil is in close contact with the roots. Water if the soil is dry.
- Mulch to a depth of 7.5cm (3in) after planting to prevent weeds
10. Cypress Golden
- Ensure plants are well-watered during dry spells for the next two years.
- Top-dress annually with a general-purpose fertiliser, such as Growmore at 70g per sq m (2oz per sq yd), and re-apply mulch as required.
- Keep the hedge and 45cm (18in) on each side weed free.
Buy ready to use nutrient rich soil
As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil.
If you don’t have a good soil for plants, you can also buy ready to use nutrient rich soil.
In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.