The idea of using trees and other plants to enclose an area is something that has always been around and used for centuries by avid gardeners. Hedges have also been used to create paths for walking in a garden that demarcate the growing area and permits people to view the garden as well, as they walk on the paths created.
Hedges can act as an alternative to a fence, and if you grow them on your property line, they serve as distinct markers that delineate your property. Hedges can also help to protect smaller shrubs and plants in a garden from the wind and other erosion. When grown to heights and made thick enough they can also contribute to reducing the noise from outside traffic. They also make for very effective privacy screens and help you to save the cost of putting up such screens.
Hedges can take some time to grow, and if you are planning them as a replacement to fencing, you may have to make some other arrangements to safeguard your property, while they grow. It is a good idea to erect a barbed wire fence and allow your hedge to grow over it so that it is no longer visible and still acts as a deterrent. Whatever plant or shrub you plant to form a hedge must be of a variety that will thrive in your environment. Choose a local species that your local nursery should be able to advise you about. Another way to get sound advice about the best plants to use is to consult a local landscaping company as they will have a great deal of hands on experience with other properties in your local area. These will be native plants that grow quickly even in the wild in your geographical area. The variety you chose must be fast growing so that it soon forms the sort of barrier that you are looking to provide for your property.
The plants you choose for hedges must be able to present a dense growth that makes it impenetrable to people and animals. The plants will have to be at close intervals and must be able to grow to a height of at least six feet if not more. You need to take a lot of care after the initial planting and ensure that your hedge is growing uniformly and to the density that you desire. It can take a season or two before you can consider your hedge sufficiently developed.
Hedges often need trimming, so that they present a neat appearance. The trimming can also help the growth of the hedge and make it denser and thus achieve the objective of protection and privacy that was the initial idea of planting the hedge.
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