Archive for January, 2014

Instant Hedging – Insider Information from Industry Experts

What do people mean by instant hedging?

We get asked for instant hedging about 10 times a day but not everyone means truly instant hedging.

In horticultural terms Instant Hedging

  • Uses small plants put into troughs or 1m long bags and grown into a mature hedge over a couple of years (sometimes longer for slower growing species like Yew)
  • Is regularly fertilised to maintain plant vitality
  • Is regularly trimmed (often 4 times per year) so that when it is ready for sale it is already hedge-shaped both on the sides and the top
Instant Hedging

Examples of Instant Hedging

It is very popular where customers are infilling an old hedge where there’s a gap caused by damage, disease, property development etc – and it’s also popular where an instant impact is needed, for example to improve the kerb appeal where a house is being sold.  But by far the majority of instant hedging is sold to customers who just don’t want to wait for individual plants to knit together.

Not all varieties of hedging are available as instant hedging.  The most popular varieties are Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Box (Buxus), Yew (Taxus).

It is expensive but it’s a premium product which takes years of time from experienced, specialised nurserymen.

The horticultural alternatives to instant hedging where the costs are not justifiable are root balls (lots of evergreen varieties) and tall pot grown plants.  Both give instant height but not instant knitting together but they’re both good options.

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Box Hedging

This blog aims to explain the difference between the normal Buxus sempervirens and the dwarf variety Buxus sempervirens Suffruticosa.

The normal variety is slow growing but would eventually, given long enough, get to 3m in height and I have seen very good, dense hedging that’s at least this tall.  However, it’s most commonly used for a hedge at about 40cm to 1.2m where it performs really well, needing only 1 very easy to do trim each year.

The dwarf or compact variety is extremely slow growing, and will reach a maximum height of only about 50cm so it’s really ideal for very low edging (20cm to 30cm) around vegetable beds or to the front of a border or a pathway.

Ascott House Gardens, Buckinghamshire

Ascott House Gardens, Buckinghamshire

Both varieties should be trimmed on Derby Day according to the old wives’ tale.  Never trim in full sunshine because the sun could scorch the cut leaves.  Also I recommend wetting the foliage with a hose before you start and as you trim each section – it seems to help the cuts heal much quicker.  Check all plants carefully for box blight (brown leaf spots, grey fungus on the underside, black streaks on the stems) and if you notice anything worrying, burn the leaf cuttings and consider removing plants showing early signs to prevent further spread.