How far apart to plant a Laurel Hedge
The general rule of thumb is to plant laurel 2 - 3 feet apart, depending on how dense you wish your mature hedge to be. When planting laurel hedging plants, it's important to use the correct plant spacing so they have room to grow. Laurel hedges grow at an approximate rate of 20-30cm per year, so its important to get the distance between each plant correct.
However, if you're using a smaller variety such as Compact Laurel, you may want to plant them a little closer together as they have less overall width and spread.
Once you've marked out the area where you'll be planting and determined how far apart to place each laurel, it's time to start planting.
The first step is to loosen the soil at the planting site with a shovel or hoe. Then, take a pot or garden trowel and dig a hole that's big enough to accommodate the root ball of the laurel plant.
Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole. Make sure the roots are spread out evenly and that the top of the root ball is level with or slightly above the surrounding soil.
Fill in the hole around the plant with soil, making sure to pack it down firmly so there's no air pockets. Water the planted laurel thoroughly, then continue filling in any remaining gaps around the hedge with additional soil.