These factors are critical to choosing a hedge

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Hedges provide privacy, dampen noise, build property or provide a home for zoo residents. Anyone planning to plant a hedge in their private green space for the first time may be surprised by the different aspects to consider: mixed hedge, topiary, free growing, evergreen, planting or border distance are just a few of the keywords hedge owners will come across. In the future run. But newcomers to hedges in particular shouldn’t be bothered by the big choice and instead focus only on key factors: location, space and growth.

Professional advice is always worthwhile for optimal preparation of a new hedge. Due to the wide range of options, from evergreen to flowering hedges that bloom all year round, to fragrant mixed hedges or hedges to protect birds, expert support is needed when choosing plants. Anyone who follows the wrong standards here and is only inspired by an attractive appearance or a pleasant smell, for example, can experience a tragedy instead of a hedge movie premiere. These criteria are not unimportant, but first of all the conditions that meet the new addition in the garden or in front of the balcony are decisive.

Location and space

As with any other plant option, soil moisture and texture should be clarified, as well as exposure to sunlight. The issue of space should not be underestimated either. So if you plan in a small space, you should focus on narrow-growing hedges – thus limiting cutting work at the same time.

Growth behavior also determines cutting action

The height and width of the fence determine not only the appearance. Combined with the growth period, it is also critical to the effort involved in pruning work. Fast growing hedges provide good timely privacy protection, but need more protection than slow growing hedges.

By the way: for optimal use of the fall of the light, the hedges should be slightly wider in the lower part than at the crown. Vertical cutting is also possible. However, the lower branches cannot optimally use the light.

Fruits, leaves and partners: other care-related selection factors

There are also other aspects when choosing a hedge that can also affect the scope of the business. In recent years, more and more hedges have been used in private gardens, which provide additional benefits in addition to privacy or wind protection. For example, insect or bird protection hedges are especially popular, and they are a good source of food for insects and various bird species thanks to their flowers and fruits. Due to its wide growth, these hedges can also be used by birds as a shelter and nesting area. Because of these additional benefits, horn cherry, for example, is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to coniferous evergreen hedges. However, it may not be suitable as a balcony border, as the juicy fruits can cause annoying stains on the balcony and paving slabs. However, these – like the fruits of other hedge plants – are not only a source of animal food, but are also edible for us humans, for example in the form of jam or jelly.

In addition to suitable soil and enough space for sometimes free-growing hedge plants, it is also important to know that most species are deciduous and therefore lose their leaves in the fall. This may make the privacy screen more permeable, but it is another benefit to wildlife in gardens, where the foliage forms a good protective mat. It doesn’t necessarily have to be torn.

Feldhorn: the new hedge star

Field Maple shows that a hedge doesn’t have to consist of typical hedge plants. The tree itself is familiar to many as a street or field tree, but since ‘Acer campestre’ has been called the 2015 Tree of the Year, it’s also featured in the garden spotlight as a hedge plant. This may be because of winning the title, but above all because it is very difficult because it tolerates salt, ozone and air pollutants. It tolerates heat, drought and soil compaction without any problems. It even works well as a container plant for rooftop gardens. This makes it an almost universally usable hedge plant suitable for those new to hedges who like regular but uncomplicated trimming work.

Practical tips for growing a hedge

For the correct cultivation of hedges, d. Regina Fischer from IVA advises: “In principle, autumn and spring are suitable for planting hedges, since plants planted in the fall can take root before the winter holidays and begin to grow immediately in spring.” The distance between plants is also important, as Dr. Fisher: “If the plants are too close together, the edges can later turn brown and be bare on the inside. Then there is a lack of light, nutrients, water and of course space.”

The IVA expert recommends the following basic rule for calculating the required area: “Five to seven plants are planted per running meter if the growth height is 30 cm. If the growth height is more than 120 cm, then there are only two or three . ” However, in practice, The planting distance always depends on the selected plant species.

So that there is no problem with the neighbors: if the hedge is on the property line, then the specifications for the minimum distances and height should be clarified with the local city administration or municipality in advance.

The IVA provides brief guidelines to help you adjust the hedge:

1. Even before buying plants, the soil on the future site can be completely loosened and a trench dug for planting. Purchased seedlings can be planted immediately. The planting trench should be a little deeper and twice as wide as the root ball to be planted. If you want a hedge as straight as possible, you can extend a guide line along the hedge.

2. Before planting, the root balls of hedge plants should be adequately watered by soaking them in a bucket of water for a long period of time, either in pots or as bare roots.

3. Hedge plants are placed deep in the ground so that the upper edge of the potting soil is flush with the surface of the site. It may be necessary to add excavated soil to the planting trench to raise it.

4. Finally, the planting trench is filled with soil and crushed down. Then the plants are watered generously. Adequate watering should also be ensured in the following weeks to promote growth. By the way, it is not necessary to fertilize the soil in advance. Especially if the hedge is planted in the fall, fertilization will be counterproductive, as it will encourage buds shortly before the onset of winter. It is best to support hedge plants in the spring when the temperature is stable above 10°C with a long-acting fertilizer when they sprout.

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