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How To Guide - Plant My Hedge Using One Type Of Plant

How To Guide - Plant My Hedge Using One Type Of Plant

So you have decided you need to block out those pesky neighbours. Great! Using plants to create a screen is a great way to provide privacy they act as a noise buffer, windbreak and keep the awkward eye contact with the neighbour at bay all whilst looking mighty fine. Before you make a long-term commitment to growing a hedge there are a few things to think about to avoid disappointment.

This is a three part ‘how to’ series which will guide you in creating the perfect hedge. To kick off the series we will ask a series of questions and then get into some nitty gritty design stuff.

1. What is the width you have to work with? 
The width of the garden bed will determine the types and how many plants you can use. Work out the space you have to work with from your boundary line to the edge of the garden bed. If your garden bed is less than 75 cm wide stick to using one type of plant. Any wider you can start adding more plant types to get a layered effect. Series two and three will explore the layering effect using more than one type of plant and a wider garden bed.

2. What look are you going for? 
Do you want a formal hedge? A shrub with flowers? Dark glossy leaves? Are you going for the tropical look or more of a cottage garden feel? Ask yourself what it is you want. This will help to narrow down your plant types.

3. What height do you want?  
How tall is your fence? A typical neighbourhood fence is 1.8m high so you won’t want a shrub that grows much bigger than 2-3m. Just remember you want your height to be in proportion with the size of the yard. You don’t want a hedge so tall it feels like the walls are closing in on you. 

Ok so now you have answered the above questions below we show you how to work out how many plants you need and how to plant them to achieve a well-covered fence.  

Most of our evergreen shrubs can be planted between 60cm and 100cm apart. If you want a quicker, dense, coverage plant 60cm apart if you have patience 100cm apart will take longer but will be more cost-effective and have the same desired effect in the long run. 

Check out the images below to get an idea of spacing and what your plants will look like.

Above is what your babies will look like when they go in the ground. You might think there is a lot of vacant space around that needs to be filled but fear not they will grow!

Below is what they will look like in two - three years. 

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