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How to plant laurel hedges

Updated April 17, 2017

Laurel is often planted to provide privacy between neighbours. When planted as a hedge, the laurel can grow to heights of 20 feet with an equal width. The first year, laurels do not grow much because they are putting their energy into establishing the root system. After that, they are fast-growing shrubs and can grow up to 3 feet per year. Laurel is an evergreen that flowers in the spring and produces berries in the fall.

Locate an area that has full sun, partial sun or shade to plant the laurel hedge.

Till up the soil to a depth of 12 inches. Amend the soil with 3 inches of compost. Rake the ground smooth and remove rocks, sticks or dirt clods.

Dig planting holes with a spade or shovel that are twice as wide as the laurel's container. Maintain the same depth as the laurel's container. Scuff the sides and bottom of the planting hole with the edge of your spade or shovel.

Remove the laurel from the container by laying the container on its side. Grasp the laurel close to the root ball and gently pull it from the container.

Center the root ball in the planting hole and backfill with the amended soil. Tamp the soil with your feet or hands to help remove air pockets in the soil.

Repeat the process until all the laurel trees are planted. Space the holes two to three feet apart if a thick hedge is desired, or space the laurels four to six feet for a less dense hedge.

Water the laurel hedge with a soaker hose, watering to a depth of 18 inches. Keep the soil moist for the first two years.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Compost
  • Rake
  • Spade or shovel
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About the Author

Gail Delaney is a writer in South Dakota and has articles published online at various websites. She is the garden editor for BellaOnline, with years of gardening experience. Being the caretaker of her parents led her in the direction of medical issues, especially natural remedies.