Frequently Asked Questions
What plants are best for a hedge?
For a hedge, it is best to select deciduous or evergreen shrubs that are native to your area. Common choices for evergreen hedging plants include laurel, privet, euonymus, hawthorn, holly hedging and box.
With careful selection, you can create an attractive and long-lasting hedge to suit your needs.
What is the best time to plant hedges?
For optimal growth and results, the best time to plant hedges is between mid-October and the end of March for bare root and root ball hedging, or from the start of September to mid-October or from the beginning of April to mid-May for root balled evergreens.
Proper soil preparation prior to planting is also essential for success.
What is the fastest growing plant for a hedge?
The fastest growing hedge for most gardens is the Common Privet, which can grow up to 30-60cm a year with regular pruning. It is a popular evergreen or semi-evergreen hedge with dark green ovate leaves and white flowers, providing a great source of privacy in any garden setting.
It is a hardy plant that can tolerate a wide range of soil types and conditions, making it an ideal choice for gardeners of all levels. It is also relatively low maintenance, requiring only occasional pruning to keep it in good shape.
What is the cheapest way to grow a hedge?
The most cost-effective way to grow a hedge is to simply plant bare-root plants during the dormant season of November to February. Beech, Hornbeam and Yew Hedges are all popular hedging plants which can be planted in this way.
Whereas evergreen plants such as privet should be planted in early to mid autumn. By following these tips, you can enjoy a thriving hedge at an affordable cost.
How do you prepare the ground for planting a hedge?
To ensure the growth of a healthy hedge, preparation of the soil is key. Remove any weeds, dig over the soil, and add compost or Rootgrow to ensure it is well fertilised before planting.
This should be done a few weeks in advance for the best results.