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Growing a hedge is not as hard as you might think. If you’re not quite sure how to start, it would help to know what your objective is. Some homeowners grow a hedge as a windbreak or privacy screen. A hedge can also be used for ornamental or aesthetic purposes. 

Do you want a hedge that’s slow-growing like buxus or corokia, tall like the pittosporum or Portuguese laurel, or flowering like the camelia? Once you have clearly defined your hedge’s purpose, it’s easier to choose which among the three basic types of hedges you’ll use. 

The next things you need to know are the best materials and tools to use and an easy step-by-step guide. Our lawn experts have got you covered here! Before you know it, you’ll know how to plant a hedge for your garden and have that private, relaxing space you’ve been dreaming of. 

How to plant a hedge

To grow a thick, healthy hedge, you’ll need the following:

  • Plant of your choice for hedging
  • Shovel
  • Sheep pellets
  • Garden mix
  • Seaweed tonic
  • Watering can
  • Mulch
  • Shears

Step 1: Choose your hedge.

When it comes to starting a hedge in your garden, the right preparation counts. Choosing a suitable bush or shrub depends on what you will use it for. 

Make sure that you have enough plants for your plot to make a thick hedge. Spacing depends on the type of plant you want to use. If you’re unsure, you can always ask your lawn care experts for their recommendations.

Step 2: Prepare your plot.

To prepare your plot, dig a hole that’s deep enough for the pot you’re using. See if it’s level with the ground to ensure that the soil will firmly hold your plants. When digging, check for pipes that may obstruct your shrub.

It is advisable to use free-draining soil for your hedge. If the clay content of your soil is too high, you can add gypsum to break up the soil’s density. Enrich your planting soil by adding sheep pellets and garden mix.

Sheep pellets are organic fertiliser made from sheep wool and manure. Nutrients in the pellets are released into the soil and help your hedge to grow healthy and well-nourished. Adding sheep pellets can also improve soil structure by encouraging earthworms and other organisms to live in the soil.

Step 3: Plant your hedge.

To start planting your hedge, remove each plant from the pot and loosen the soil in the root area to help it mesh easily with the planting soil. Position your shrubs parallel to the direction you’d want your hedge to grow. You want your plants to follow the direction you’re aiming for, not to go against it.

As soon as you have positioned your plant, cover it back up with soil and top with additional garden mix.

Step 4: Water your hedge.

Strengthen your newly planted shrubs by spraying it with a seaweed tonic solution. You can make your own seaweed tonic solution by diluting seaweed tonic in water. 

Seaweed has many benefits to plants and has long been used to promote plant growth and strength by increasing their resistance to disease and stress. Be sure to water deeply to penetrate the roots of your hedge.

After you have watered your hedge, add a layer of mulch to help keep the soil cool and prevent weeds from growing. You’re almost done!

Growing a hedge is not as hard as you might think. If you’re not quite sure how to start, it would help to know what your objective is. Some homeowners grow a hedge as a windbreak or privacy screen. A hedge can also be used for ornamental or aesthetic purposes. 

Do you want a hedge that’s slow-growing like buxus or corokia, tall like the pittosporum or Portuguese laurel, or flowering like the camelia? Once you have clearly defined your hedge’s purpose, it’s easier to choose which among the three basic types of hedges you’ll use. 

The next things you need to know are the best materials and tools to use and an easy step-by-step guide. Our lawn experts have got you covered here! Before you know it, you’ll know how to plant a hedge for your garden and have that private, relaxing space you’ve been dreaming of. 

How to plant a hedge

To grow a thick, healthy hedge, you’ll need the following:

  • Plant of your choice for hedging
  • Shovel
  • Sheep pellets
  • Garden mix
  • Seaweed tonic
  • Watering can
  • Mulch
  • Shears

Step 1: Choose your hedge.

When it comes to starting a hedge in your garden, the right preparation counts. Choosing a suitable bush or shrub depends on what you will use it for. 

Make sure that you have enough plants for your plot to make a thick hedge. Spacing depends on the type of plant you want to use. If you’re unsure, you can always ask your lawn care experts for their recommendations.

Step 2: Prepare your plot.

To prepare your plot, dig a hole that’s deep enough for the pot you’re using. See if it’s level with the ground to ensure that the soil will firmly hold your plants. When digging, check for pipes that may obstruct your shrub.

It is advisable to use free-draining soil for your hedge. If the clay content of your soil is too high, you can add gypsum to break up the soil’s density. Enrich your planting soil by adding sheep pellets and garden mix.

Sheep pellets are organic fertiliser made from sheep wool and manure. Nutrients in the pellets are released into the soil and help your hedge to grow healthy and well-nourished. Adding sheep pellets can also improve soil structure by encouraging earthworms and other organisms to live in the soil.

Step 3: Plant your hedge.

To start planting your hedge, remove each plant from the pot and loosen the soil in the root area to help it mesh easily with the planting soil. Position your shrubs parallel to the direction you’d want your hedge to grow. You want your plants to follow the direction you’re aiming for, not to go against it.

As soon as you have positioned your plant, cover it back up with soil and top with additional garden mix.

Step 4: Water your hedge.

Strengthen your newly planted shrubs by spraying it with a seaweed tonic solution. You can make your own seaweed tonic solution by diluting seaweed tonic in water. 

Seaweed has many benefits to plants and has long been used to promote plant growth and strength by increasing their resistance to disease and stress. Be sure to water deeply to penetrate the roots of your hedge.

After you have watered your hedge, add a layer of mulch to help keep the soil cool and prevent weeds from growing. You’re almost done!

Someone's hand using a water hose to water the hedges.

Step 5: Prune your hedge.

Allow your shrubs to grow out and thicken for one year. Once your hedge has established, you may prune it every 3 or 4 months to follow the shape you’re going for.

If you find pruning larger hedges quite a bit of a challenge, you may use electric shears to make pruning easier for you. Start pruning from one end of the bush going towards the other end using smooth movements. Adjust the size of your hedge according to your preference.

FAQs

How to grow a thick hedge

Here are some tips on how to make hedges grow thicker: 

  • Use mulch to prevent weeds from growing.
  • Feeding a hedge every 6 months ensures that it grows healthy and resistant to disease.
  • Make sure that you have enough plants so that your hedge will be dense. Taller hedges would need bigger space in between.

How to make hedges grow faster

Watering daily during the first year increases your shrub’s growth rate. Make sure to water deeply so that the roots are able to drink in enough moisture.

How to grow a hedge for privacy

When selecting your shrubs for privacy, lawn care experts recommend choosing plants that make tall and dense hedges. Leylandii hedge is a popular choice when you want a dense, fast-growing, and low maintenance privacy screen and windbreak.

What are examples of fast growing hedges?

Leylandii and podocarpus are both popular examples of a fast growing hedge. They also make nice, dense hedges that are suitable for privacy screens and windbreak.

Want to learn more? Give us a call!

Interested in learning more about growing a hedge in your garden? Talk to our experts – we’d be happy to answer your questions and throw in a tip or two about hedge maintenance.

About Author

Jamie Donovan

Jamie is an Australian horticulturalist and landscape designer. He enjoys writing about landscape architecture, garden design and lifestyle topics.

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About Author

Jamie Donovan

Jamie is an Australian horticulturalist and landscape designer. He enjoys writing about landscape architecture, garden design and lifestyle topics.

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