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.

For more information on our Instant Hedging options, visit our website or give us a call on 01257 263 873 to speak to our experienced customer service team.