What are hedging plants?
Hedging plants are shrubs or trees that are planted close together to form a hedge. A hedge is a row of shrubs or trees that are planted close together and are used to separate two areas of land or to mark the boundary of a piece of land. Hedges can be made from a variety of different plants, but some of the most common hedging plants include: yew, hawthorn, beech, boxwood, and privet.
Why you should plant and grow hedges?
Hedges offer many benefits including:
- providing privacy and security for your house and garden
- blocking out unwanted noise from naighbours or motorists
- creating a windbreak
- deterring intruders and pests
- providing shelter for wildlife
- enhancing the appearance of a property
How to plant a hedge?
When planting a hedge, it is important to choose the right plants for the job. Consider the purpose of the hedge, the location, the soil type, and the climate. Once you have chosen the right plants, dig a trench that is twice as wide as the root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is level with the ground. Space the plants evenly along the trench and backfill with soil. Water thoroughly throughout the year.
Tip: Digging some compost in the bottom of the trench is important in providing the young screening plants with nutrients and helping the root to penetrate the soil easily and quickly. Prevent weed growth and reduce the loss of water by applying a layer of mulch around the area where the hedge is planted.