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THE RIGHT HEDGE

Not sure what the right hedge will be that will suit your needs?

When thinking about putting in a hedge there are a great many things to think about, the main being:

  • The purpose the hedge will perform. Will the hedge be used as a privacy screen to block out neighbours and reduce noise? Or is it purely for ornamental purposes as a feature in the garden?
  • The root systems and common diseases prevalent with each plant. Thought has to be given to the root systems of the plant and how invasive they will be to underground pipes or driveways. Some plants are more susceptible to diseases than others or are more suited to a particular environment – If you are in cool areas where there is frost, or in drought prone areas this may affect they type of plant that you can grow.
  • Growth of hedge and the maintenance required to keep it looking good. Plants grow at different rates, the quicker it grows the more time you will have to spend maintaining it.
  • The size of your plants and how easy they will be to establish. Smaller plants are cheaper to purchase but will take longer to form a hedge, larger plants will take a shorter amount of time but are harder to establish and their success rate is lower. You will also have to consider how patient you are prepared to be for it to reach your desired size.

Great consideration should be put into the purpose, environment and maintenance requirements of any plant so that you choose the right hedge that will meet all your needs.

And, of course, if you want some additional help and advice on planting, hedging & tree trimming, then the simplest solution is to let Fox Mowing look after it all for you.

And while we’re there in your garden, we can do a lot of other stuff too to get your garden looking, and feeling, its best.

PLANNING THE HEDGE

Are you wondering what type of hedge you would like to place in your garden? Well, you need to choose hedges that are pest and disease resistant, and of course these hedges should also be suitable for the climate and garden conditions in which they will grow.

When planning where to place them, you need to plot a line on your garden. You can use a measuring tape as a guide. The lines can be straight or curved, depending on your preference. Allow space for your potted shrubs and set them in two rows for a thicker hedge. When marking the holes, use the mature width of the shrubs as spacing between plants’ roots. After that, you can remove the pots and start digging the planting holes. But always keep in mind the spacing for each shrub so they can reach their mature spread. Remember to water them well.


PROS AND CONS OF HEDGEING

 There are plenty of reasons for and against planting a hedge. We will lay out a few points for each to consider:

Pros of Hedging

Evergreen hedges can look fantastic alongside your garden design

  • Hedges look great! Any shape, size or for any purpose, they will add a great feature to your garden!
  • Hedges change with the season. Depending on what type of plants you get they can flower or change colour through the year adding variety and interest to the garden.
  • Hedges are wildlife attracting. Birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife will be encouraged to enter your garden.
  • Hedges are weather resistant. Unlike metal fencing which can rust or wooden fences that can split, warp or peel. Plants when properly looked after will generally outlive fences.
  • It’s easier to DIY. You don’t have to pay someone to construct or fit a fence, wall, retaining wall for you, as you can plant a hedge yourself instead.

Cons of Hedging

  • Plants are expensive. They are definitely not cheap and the larger the hedge you want the more it will cost to set it all up.
  • Planting a hedge that fails to grow is a costly exercise. There are no guarantees that you plants will flourish and form a beautiful thick hedge. You may need to fork out more money to replace any plants that failed to grow.
  • Depending of the type of plant, hedges can take a long time to establish. Sometimes plants especially the larger they are take a lot more time and effort to establish than others, so getting a hedge can be a timely experience and does not happen over night- it’s a work in progress!
  • Ongoing Maintenance. The hedge will need to be watered and then pruned regularly in order to keep its shape & appearance.

And, of course, if you want some additional help and advice on planting, hedging & tree trimming, then the simplest solution is to let Fox Mowing look after it all for you.
And while we’re there in your garden, we can do a lot of other stuff too to get your garden looking, and feeling, its best.


FREQUENCIES

Trimming will depend on what type of hedge you have chosen. New hedges are usually trimmed at an early stage to establish the shape and prevent unhealthy growth. Usually the rule of thumb for how frequently to trim the hedge is two to three times a year during May to September, where it is usually their growing season.


THE HISTORY OF TOPIARY

The history of topiary is not as definite as most arts that are present today, though it is widely believed to be society’s oldest gardening form. Although it is known that topiaries date as far as 4000BC when the Egyptians clipped their hedged into boxes in their gardens, there is also evidence of elaborate figure animals in shaped greens during the Roman times. This beautiful art of shaping trees and shrubs into leafy structures is also called different names in the far east. For instance, in China it is called ‘penjing’, and ‘bonsai’ in Japan (often found in Japanese zen gardens).

During the 18th century, there was a decline in topiaries in the English gardens of the elite. Luckily, they survived in the homes and cottages of regular folk, in simpler or more traditional forms like a ball or a perfectly trimmed tree shaped into a cone (which might have even been considered an heirloom, since it takes an average of 13 years for the plant to mature before it could start to be shaped).

Today, this practice has grown into an intricate art and gone are the days of being limited to just the basic shapes. Topiaries nowadays comes in animal shapes, cartoon characters and even in the images of people’s faces. Truly, gardening has come a long way, but it most certainly still brings beauty to our environment, for us and the future generations to enjoy.

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