As a landscape designer or gardener, your freedom to choose how you define spaces, screen different areas or lead the eye to special features has never been greater, with instant hedging now a firmly established element in the mix. But the choice of hedging and supplier can still present some thorny issues around plant and soil types, prevailing conditions and planting techniques. Here are five top tips from Readyhedge, the home of instant hedging.
1. Choosing your hedge
For screening and privacy, the evergreen Thuya (Western Red Cedar) is a good choice while if soundproofing is your priority then large-leaf hedging like Common Laurel or Photinia ‘Red Robin’ provide an open character that lets sound in but not out. Colour can be extremely important too, with dark-leaved plants like Yew and Portugal Laurel absorbing more light than lighter-leaved, airier hedging like Beech and Hornbeam.
If it’s a decorative effect you’re after, try Photinia or the slower-growing Variegated Privet, while for more formal hedging, Yew, Portugal Laurel and Box can all be trimmed to produce clean lines and razor-sharp edges. In addition to native mixed hedging, which makes the distinctive character of the British hedgerow accessible to landscape designers on demand, there are even ‘niche’ varieties to choose from, such as Lavender, for a flowering, scented low border hedge or Wych Elm, which provides a thicket hedge that can even become small individual trees when thinned-out and left to their own devices. Whatever you need, Readyhedge can help.
2. Choosing your supplier
Now adopted by Readyhedge-affiliated companies in France, Ireland and the Netherlands, the Readyhedge system provides top-quality, true instant hedging that’s delivered in one-metre troughs or our specially designed Readybags for even easier handling, all ready-spaced and ready to plant. Readyhedge plants are irrigated, fed and trimmed regularly in the field or container and, before despatch to customers, plants are inspected and cleared of any imperfections by hand. We call it hand-crafted hedging.
3. Making planting easy
One of the key benefits of using Readyhedge container-grown hedging is that it can be planted at any time of year, not just within the traditional planting period of mid-November to end of March. On top of that, the Readyhedge system makes planting easy. Our troughs and Readybags are easy to handle and there’s no need to separate plants by hand before planting. There’s also no need for machinery, there’s no excessive weight and once on-site, hedging can be planted easily by one person. The Readyhedge system cuts planting time by at least half when compared to placing individual plants, and hedging can be bent to conform to any design template, no matter how complex.
4. Keeping your hedge healthy
The most common causes of failure in hedging plants are lack of water or, conversely, drowning. The key is to keep plants moist and to avoid drying-out or over-watering. That sounds easy but some care is needed to get it right, and weather and soil conditions play a significant part. More watering will be required in hot or windy conditions, sandy soils need more regular watering and peaty and clay soils can be difficult to re-wet when they dry-out. Most hedging will also benefit from a top-dressing of high-nitrogen fertiliser in spring. Whatever the conditions you face, Readyhedge can give you all the advice you need.
5. Getting expert advice
While all landscape designers and gardeners know a thing or two about plants and planting, the Readyhedge speciality makes us one of the leading experts in instant hedging. To get no-nonsense, down-to-earth advice and guidance, phone us on 01386 750585 or email email@example.com. We’re here to help and ready when you are.
About the contributor
At Readyhedge we’ve been growing and supplying top quality instant hedging and screening plants to landscape designers and gardeners since 2003. All or hedging is grown at Court Gate Nursery in Eckington near Pershore, Worcestershire, and delivered to order across the UK.