Garden hedges are barriers made of plants and shrubs that divide properties in the same manner as a fence. These have to be maintained on a regular basis so that they do not start to grow wild and look unsightly. Gaps will tend to form at the base of the hedge over time. To start a hedge you plant the type of shrubs of plants very close together. Then you need to cut part way through the stem of each plant bending it and interweaving it by using wooden sticks. This process will help new shoots to spring up from the root.
There are different types of hedges depending on the purpose for which they are used. As an adornment for a garden, a hedge is usually made up of golden and green dwarf conifers. This is called a tapestry hedge. If you like the unclipped look, you will need to allow more space for the hedge and include flowering plants and shrubs. Hedges that do not come above the knee are called borders. Larger hedges can be used for privacy or even laid out in a labyrinth pattern.
How does one know what kind of hedge to have? First you have to think of all the advantages to planting a hedge. These include:
- Provide shelter from the wind for other plants in the garden
- Absorb some of the dust and noise from the street
- Provide privacy for you when you sit out in your garden
- Provide a beautiful seasonal scene as the leaves and flowers change
- Is an inexpensive way of getting a fence around your property
- Will last for a long time
You have to realize that you can’t just plant a hedge and forget about it. It requires regular maintenance, especially in the spring and fall. While you may not have to trim the hedge as often as you mow the lawn, you do need to use a hedge cutter to trim off the leaves and branches as they grow. Then you have to look at the type of plants you should choose for the hedge. You need ones that will grow well in your climate and choose the ones that will give you the kind of colors you would like to see in the hedge. Once you have the planting done, you will have to water them to ensure proper growth. The hedge won’t magically grow overnight. It may be a few years before you have anything resembling a hedge around the garden.