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Garden with a Winner!™

Hedge Garden

Do you desire privacy or a little extra security “Fencing”? Growing a hedge could be your solution.

Generally, evergreen and deciduous shrubs are used but the possibilities are pretty endless to create a “living wall” by planting the correct varieties you can have a fast growing, low maintenance, hardy hedge in no time.

Tips and Tools

  • Space hedging shrubs 12 to 18 inches apart, specimens should be spaced further at about feet apart.
  • Suggested tools: hedge shears, pruning shears, hedge trimmer.
  • Hedge shears are good for smaller hedges; for large hedges electric hedge trimmers will do the trick, assuming they are sharp and well lubricated.
  • Hedge trimmer tip: Use a wide, sweeping motion and work from the bottom up so the cut foliage falls away.
  • Cutting straight edges with the naked eye is difficult; stakes and a level string can be a guide for vertical lines.
  • Shaping? Cut a template from cardboard or plywood and cut following the line of the template.

Formal Hedge

  • Adds unique designs to a garden.
  • Cut back all stems by one-third after planting (repeat the same time the following year)
  • Need regular clipping and pruning, potentially every 6-8 weeks (May-September), to maintain the desired shape.
  • Trim side branches and allow it to taper toward the top.
  • Use to create boundaries, structure, division, and edges formative pruning: the process of shaping a tree when it is young.

Informal Hedge

  • Provide privacy, block unwanted views, and divide spaces.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Pruning required to restrict height and width.
  • Can provide fruit and flower.
  • Prune flowering hedges once in spring, as they will still be able to produce flowers that year.
  • Do not trim conifer hedges after August it can encourage bare patches to develop.