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A Few Pointers For Choosing Evergreen <a href=””>Hedges</a>

For many homeowners, providing an area of the lawn or garden where privacy is assured is an important part of the landscaping choices. There are several other benefits which are achieved when evergreen hedges are planted around the perimeter of a property or portion of a property. The reasons for planting a hedge can vary from privacy to aesthetics to providing a home for birds or certain types of small animals. Read on to learn more about evergreen hedgerows.

The term “evergreen” doesn’t necessarily refer to the color of the hedges, but to the fact that the plants typically retain their leaves during every season of the year. The hedge plants are available in every range of green that you can imagine, from the palest hint of green to the darkest green. Some hedge plants transition to other colors such as red or purple. The foliage may be enhanced by flowers which form a decorative accent to the greenery during certain seasons.

The care required to keep a hedge row looking attractive will vary, depending upon the type of plant and the purpose for which it was installed on the property. If there are height restrictions for the plant, judicious trimming periodically will be needed. For the plants to remain healthy, regular pruning of dead, broken or diseased branches is necessary. Some plants grow more quickly than others, so you will want to take the growth patterns into consideration before making a selection.

Correct soil conditions and spacing requirements are another feature to think about before choosing your hedging plants. Hedges can be successfully grown in most U. S. Climate zones. However, choosing a variety that requires a lot of water may not be the best option for a desert area. Conversely, a plant that doesn’t like ‘wet feet’ would be inappropriate for a more swampy location.

When installing a new hedge, or filling in empty spaces in an existing border, it is important to allow the recommended spacing between plants. An initial planting may seem very sparse, but a fact about plants is that they do grow. To be healthy, the plants should not be crowded. Allow for expansion in all directions, vertically and horizontally when planting.

The purpose of the plants will determine what varieties should be picked. A hedge that is needed to provide a shady area will need to be more luxurious in its foliage. If the plants are simply to mark a boundary with a neighbor, and are not intended to block the view, a slow growing plant, or one which is low growing is a possible choice.

A sometimes forgotten benefit which a hedge can provide is that of ensuring that birds will be drawn to the foliage. Birds can help to keep insect populations under control and most people enjoy watching the birds using flowering hedges for the nectar.

Some of the more popular varieties of hedge plants include the fastest-growing Leylandii Cypress and the English Laurel (best hedging plant for shady sites). If you are looking for a colorful hedge, try the Red Robin. Another plant with just a touch of color is the English Holly. A visit to your local nursery or garden center will help to make the best choice for your lifestyle, climate and soil type.



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