How to Plant a Hedge

10 Steps to a Hedge

A beautiful hedge offers a plethora of benefits to a home garden. A wall of green can be a barrier between your space and the outside world, can dampen road noise, provide a soft, nature-inspired boundary where a wall or fence may feel like too strong of a statement, and can direct views in a landscape.  The best part is that hedges can do all this affordably!

Aborvitae hedge

Here are 10 steps to follow so you can efficiently and affordably install a hedge on your property.  

1. There are informal hedges that you will not want to shear or clip, such as arborvitae Green Giant. On the other hand, there are formal hedges that you will want to manicure often. Choosing the right hedge for your garden design is essential for hedge success and reducing maintenance. You should consider: 

      • Height desired
      • Length of space to be covered
      • Size of plant at maturity
      • Degree of privacy or wind protection
      • Formal v. informal look

2. Dig a straight trench along the line of your future hedge. You can use a string strung between stakes to make sure your rows align according to your design.
3. Start by preparing the growing area so that each of your hedge plants will have the same soil and growing conditions so they can grow consistently and evenly. 
You may want to do a soil test so you can know exactly what you need in terms of amendments. 

5. Remove clumps of soil, rocks, roots and other debris. Loosen the soil as much as you can, adding in soil amendments as needed. You may want to do a soil test so you can know exactly what you need in terms of amendments. 

Buxus (Hedge) (1)
6. Take a close look at the spot where you want to grow your hedge, paying special attention to the sun and shade, moisture drainage and wind. Then, choose hedge plants that will grow well where you plan to place them. Our nursery experts can help you find the perfect plant for each place. 
* Special note: be sure to double check the height and width of the plant you’re considering, because you don’t want to have to routinely clip it back or reshape it. 

7. Water your plants while they are still in their pots, preferably the night before planting day.  Plan to plant your hedge on a day that won’t be a scorcher. If you do (especially if you do!), water the plants again after planting. 

8. Mulch the entire hedge-line, as weeds will set back your new hedge’s growth.

9. For the next eight weeks, water twice a week so that the whole hedge gets a good even soaking. A basic soaker hose attached to your tap with a timer is a cheap and easy way to irrigating.

10. When the plants are ready (most likely this will be after several months) lightly prune your plants along the front and back of your hedge. Never prune between plants because this will prevent them from becoming enmeshed and impenetrable. 

Hedge with planter

Final Thoughts: 

A hedge has so much to offer, is affordable, and is relatively easy to execute. If you have a plan, follow these easy directions, and remember to reach our to our plant experts for help, you can achieve hedge success!