Adding a privacy hedge as part of your home's landscape is sure to bring pleasure to you and your family. It likely also will be the envy of your neighbors. If hedge plantings are selected with care and tended with love, the benefits they give in return are beyond measure. In this post, you will learn points to consider in deciding where to plant your hedge. Here, too, are tips to aid in plant selection.
Where to plant your hedge
Think carefully about where you want to locate your yard's privacy hedge. If you have enough room, you can plant more than one type of plant, such as shrubs and trees. Some of the most breathtaking privacy hedges combine trees, shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses, with the slowest-growing plants in front and the tallest in back.
First, determine how much space is allowable for the full-grown hedge. Using a fence to increase privacy in your backyard by planting on your side of the neighbor's property line works well if it does not infringe on their property. It may threaten overhead power lines or underground utilities or grow so tall that plantings could uproot and fall on buildings.
You may want to run a soil test to determine the composition and characteristics of the soil in your proposed location so that, if the test results reveal problems, you can choose another location or make amendments to the ground before planting.
Privacy Hedge Plant Selection Tips
Consider the water supply and climate in your area, including weather conditions and temperatures. If you pick shrubs and other plants that are well suited to local conditions, they are more likely to thrive than plants that need special tending.
Establishing hedges that include deciduous shrubs will require the raking of leaves in autumn, and formal hedges require pruning. If you prefer an informal look, the height, width, and health of your shrubs or trees will determine whether there is any need to cut them back.
If family members or pets suffer from allergies, think seriously about the possible effects that each tree, shrub, ornamental grass, and perennial you are considering may have on them. For example, female shrubs and trees do not produce pollen, making them more hypoallergenic than their male counterparts. All flowering shrubs, however, may cause reactions in those who are sensitive to their fragrances.
Take Advantage of Expert Counsel
Before making final decisions, visit with the garden nursery personnel at Garden Delights by calling 931-692-4252. Let them know your location, ask questions, and share ideas about your newly planned privacy hedge. Our experts enjoy the opportunity to make recommendations to help you select the shrubs, trees, and other plants that fit your needs, beautify your property and add privacy to you and your family.