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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


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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.


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