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Instant Evergreen Hedging

There is a big rise in interest in planting instant hedging and screening particularly in new gardens where many houses are built very close together. Instant screening not only provides privacy for the occupants it also adds a natural softness to the garden against the vast areas of new red brick visible from every aspect of the house.

Griselinia littoralis -New Zealand Laurel

With its distintive apple green and small yellow green flowers in spring, Griselinia is a great choice for a quick growing dense evergreen hedge. It is particularly tolerate of seaside conditions as salt laden winds do it little harm.  Easy to maintain, it can be kept small otherwise if it isn't pruned it will reach up to 10ft high. Plant in full sun, although semi shade is okay too with its only intolerance being heavy soil. The local birds will enjoy feeding off the purple fruits during the winter months.

 Laurel - Cherry Laurel

The most popular of hedging plants in the UK the common Cherry Laurel with its glossy green leaves and its tolerance to grow very happily in the shade. Not only is it tolerant of shade it will grown in almost all soil conditions although do not allow a newly planted hedge to dry out.  If you don't want a conifer hedge then a Cherry Laurel is the next best thing. It provides a good screen and can grown 2-3ft per year.

 Copper Beech

The Copper Beech is great either for screening purposes or for a dense natural hedge. It works well as a hedge because it can be cut back hard, which also means it will keep most of its leaves. This in turn gives your local bird life a home in the winter months. 

 How to Plant your Instant Hedge

 Dig a shallow trench, approximately 1ft deep,the length of your hedge  and make it wide enough to spread out gently the roots of each plant. Dig in some well rotted organic compost and sprinkle the trench with bonemeal. Loosen the roots around each root ball before placing in trench and covering over with the soil. Plant each shrub approximately 2ft apart. Press in soil gently - do not over compact the earth.If the weather is dry water in well and check every couple of weeks if it doesn't rain. Then leave for the roots to become established over the winter months ready for strong growth in the spring.

 

 

Posted by Tina Abbey
11th November 2019

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