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The Right Hedge

Not sure what the right hedge is to suit your needs?

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

  • The purpose the hedge will perform. Will the hedge be used as a privacy screen to block out neighbours and reduce noise? Or will it be 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 the 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 you choose the right hedge that will meet all of your needs.

And, of course, if you want some additional help and advice on planting, hedging and 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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