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Why plant a hedge instead of building a fence or wall?
In a world of increased industrial activity and an overabundance of "manufactured" beauty, people are becoming more and more interested in the natural world. It is only natural then, that when considering how to divide their property from others; consumers are skipping past the chain link fencing and going directly to the garden centre.
The idea of using trees and shrubs as enclosures or to mark off space is not a new one. Hedges were used in 16th century Italian gardens to make avenues for travel within the garden, and hedgerows, which are simply lines of bushes or trees of the same species planted close enough for their limbs to intertwine, have been in use in England for more than seven hundred years.
Hedges used as an alternative to fencing can fulfil much more than simply serving as a property boundary. They can keep wind and erosion to a minimum, cut out noise from traffic, and helps keep the neighbourhood kids from running through your newly laid grass. Hedges also help to restore native plant life, which may have been dwindling because of construction and development. Also, as a natural habitat for all manner of insects, birds and even hedgehogs, you will hear more songbirds early in the morning as they catch breakfast. Financially speaking, a hedge fence is usually less expensive than chain-link or panel fence and it won't rust and break, and rarely needs replacing. You may even choose a species that will give you edible fruit.
If you've made the decision to use hedges as an alternative to traditional fencing, we can help you by providing all the plants you need. We can advise the most suitable plants for you and also cost out the numbers of plants needed with a site visit. We can also remove old hedges and tree roots and do all the preparation work for a new hedge, including installing irrigation to ensure good growth.
Hedges serve as a wonderful alternative to traditional metal or wood fencing, because they increase the aesthetic value of your home in addition to inviting natural beauty into your neighbourhood. As the world begins to slow down and realise the importance of preserving nature, hedge fences will overrun all of those old, rusty remnants of the industrial age and reveal the gentle potential of the future.
Hedges and shrubberies can be brilliant for wildlife, and can provide much of the food, shelter and nesting sites for much of your garden wildlife.
A hedge takes some degree of care and maintainance – often these days a fence is the easiest option to segregate your garden from that of others. But hedges should be considered not only because they are good for wildlife – they are also better at absorbing the wind rather than just deflecting it.
If you have the opportunity to plant a hedge, one with mixed species is generally better for wildife. Once again native species are likely to give you the best wildlife results.
The following are recommended species (those followed by (N) are native to the UK):
* Hawthorn (N); * Blackthorn (N);
* Field Maple (N); * Holly (N);
* Wayfaring Tree (N); * Buckthorn (N);
* Alder Buckthorn (N); * Privet (N);
* Field Rose and Dog Rose (N); * Guelder Rose (N);
* Spindle (N); * Dogwood (N); * Yew (N)
Non-native species useful for hedging include Escallonia, but its wildlife value is little more than shelter and nesting sites. Some Pyracanthus species form a good low hedge and some varieties have good crops of berries.Elaeagnus is also a popular hedge in Guernsey and birds like the berries. Leylandii cypress is of course regularly grown - it has the benefit of being very fast-growing, and does provide good nesting opportunities for birds such as greenfinches and blackbirds, plus starlings and other birds often roost in them. However, they are hungry for moisture and nutrients, cast deep shade, and certainly are far poorer overall for wildlife than the native shrubs above.
In addition, the following species are not ideally suited for use in a hedge but can provide wildlife interest in a shrubbery:
* Buddleia - probably the best plant for attracting nectaring butterflies in late summer
* Pyracantha – choose varieties that have a good crop of berries
* Berberis – again, some varieties are great for berries