How to lay a hawthorn hedge

When thinking of creating a natural boundary line between two properties, hedges have always been a good choice. Hedges are still used for security, marking ownership, or dividing areas within it. Hedges can add habitat diversity to a site without affecting its overall natural development. Hedges of hawthorn, blackthorn, beech, hornbeam and other species can be maintained for many years.

Ensure that proper equipment and clothing are utilised. Use gloves, pruning shears, shovels and protective clothing for your security.

Decide where you want to lay down the hedge. Map out the area and assure that there is plenty of space for the hedge.

Prepare the ground that the hedge is to be placed in. Remove the existing grass or other vegetation. Use of a herbicide can accomplish the removal of vegetation. The area may also be ploughed to enable the planting of the Hawthorne hedge.

Planting of the hedge should be accomplished while the plants are not in leaf, from October through March. The Hawthorne hedge should be planted in a double staggered row, however where space and funds may be limited it is OK to plant them in a single row.

The creation of a well-drained bank will assist the growth of hedge plants.

Protective netting, rabbit netting and individual spiral guards may be used to protect the young Hawthorne. Ensure that the base of the hedge is weed free; this can be accomplished by hand weeding or by using herbicides.

The hedge should be allowed to grow to 8 feet in height with main stems 2 to 4 inches thick at the base. If the stems are larger than 8 inches, they should be pruned away.


A hedge that is properly maintained can last for up to 50 years before it starts to thin at the base.


Wear protective clothing and use the appropriate equipment to lay the hedge.

Things You'll Need

  • Protective clothing
  • Shoes
  • Gloves
  • Shovels
  • Netting
  • Herbicides
  • Hedges
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Cathy Pelekakis has been writing professionally since 2006. She retired from the Department of the Army in 2007. Her professional experience includes work in writing, contracting and proofreading. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in business from Thomas Edison State College.