World of Hedges

Hedges have been used as a natural windbreak for centuries, proving their worth over time. Whether protecting plants, property or people, hedges planted in specific areas significantly reduce the effects of strong winds. Moreover, these functional plantings enhance the aesthetic value of any property while providing a useful habitat for wildlife.

To use hedges most effectively for wind protection, selecting the correct species according to climate and wind patterns is paramount. Hedges composed of multiple plant species or possessing a diverse range in leaf size and shape, have been proven to be more effective at slowing wind speeds than single-species hedges.

When planting your hedge, be diligent in spacing them adequately to ensure proper growth and coverage. Hedges should be planted in rows with the appropriate distance from each other to optimise air flow and sun exposure. Prune and shape your hedge as needed to guarantee it continues to provide maximum wind protection.

In addition to traditional hedge species like boxwood and privet, there is a multitude of other plant options for windbreaks including evergreen trees, shrubs, and even bamboo. With proper planning and maintenance, windbreak hedges can provide pragmatic and aesthetic advantages, significantly reducing the impact of strong winds across your property.