Adding a hedge to your lawn is an attractive and natural way to create privacy and land division. Because the goal of a hedge is to make a natural fence, often planters want a hedge plant that will grow quickly. Choosing the right types of plants for your hedges and maintaining them properly will enable you to develop a fast-growing hedge that you can take pride in. Because the plants develop quickly, however, you may need to prune and care for the hedge more often throughout the growing year.
Plan your hedges ahead of time, determining where in your yard you would like the hedge to grow.
Measure the area and determine how many plants you will need to purchase. Small plants require 6 to 8 inches between each, while large plants require 18 to 30 inches.
Purchase fast-growing hedge plants such as the silky dogwood, Cheyenne privet or purpleleaf sandcherry. Different plants may prefer different growing conditions, so choose plants that are both attractive and adapted to your area.
Dig a long straight trench across the lawn to create the basis of your hedge row. The depth of the hole may vary based upon the plant's root system. However, the top of the roots should only be 1 or 2 inches under the top soil, to allow proper air for growth.
Plant each hedge plant in the trench and water each plant after.
Prune your plants after planting, cutting them down to the size of 6 to 10 inches above the ground. This will shape the plants and encourage a thicker and bushier growth from an early age.
Regularly prune your hedges through the growth cycle. Fast-growing hedges usually require a small pruning for every 6 inches the plant grows. With proper care and attention, you will soon have a flourishing fast-growing hedge.
Plant hedges in early spring to allow the plants to take root through the growing cycle for their first winter.
Tips and warnings
- Plant hedges in early spring to allow the plants to take root through the growing cycle for their first winter.
- Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Hedges; B. Rosie Lerner and Michael N. Dana; May 2001
- Colorado State University Extension: Hedges for Landscapes; Dick Christensen; September 2010
- Ohio State University Extension: Pruning Hedges; Fred K. Buscher; 2000
- About Hedges: Fast Growing Hedges