Hedge and Hedging FAQs

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be running a series of posts covering hedging FAQs. Here’s the first selection…

What’s the best hedging plant if you have rabbits and/or dear?
Lonicera Nitida, Yew and all of the Box varieties tend to be left alone by herbivorous wildlife. However, the roots of young and unestablished plants may still be at risk from rabbits.

How do I encourage a hedge to fill in?
If it as important – or more so –for your hedge to grow thick rather than tall, clip the young, growing plant little and often. Yew, Leylandii and Laurel, for example, respond well to this treatment. (Laurels are happier when pruned with secateurs.)
Another way of creating a thick hedge is to plant in a double row – this works particularly well with Beech.

When is the best time to trim or prune a hedge?
You can trim a hedge at any time of year, though spring and late summer / early autumn are the times most choose to get out the clippers and secateurs. Check the information on individual plants to find the optimum time.
NB: The RSPB ask that gardeners avoid trimming and pruning established hedges from March to July as many birds may then be nesting in them.

Does my newly planted hedge need feeding?
Providing you have followed the planting instructions and incorporated good compost in and around the plant, it won’t need anything else for a good nine months.
Thereafter, an annual top dressing of general purpose, slow release granular feed will keep it growing until it has reached its desired height.