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Old 11-01-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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Fast Growing Hedges

We would like to surround our yard with a fast growing hedge for privacy. What are some low cost suggestions?


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Old 11-01-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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What ultimate height are you seeking to achieve? Can you have access to neighboring property to trim them or will your neighbor willingly do so? What would you like them to look like when grown? Will the hedge be on its own or up next to a lower fence you cannot extend to the height you want because of ordinances or building codes? Any problem getting water to the plants with something like drip irrigation to get them started?

Do know that fast growing hedges tend to be fairly high maintenance with potentially invasive roots, shoots, runners, etc. Can you make the maintenance commitment?

There are some ways around this. You can plant inside of collars made from concrete, or better yet, pvc drain pipe to contain roots and runners. This technique can make even things like bamboo a beautiful hedge option. Without the collars, things like bamboo will get away from you and you will curse the day you planted it.

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A problem with fast growing hedges is that they grow fast. I just recently removed some common privets from the side of the house that were planted and left to grow for years before I bought the house. They grew taller than the house, fell on the house in ice storms, and basically grew in an unruly tangle.
Had to get a landscaper to come in and dig them out - they were basically trees.

Consider a fence or, if you must plant something, a trellis with a vine of some sort, though vines can go crazy too. I am still pulling out vestiges of english ivy that was left to cover the old fence, the trees, and half of the yard.

Be careful with your choice and make arrangements to maintain the planting, whatever you do. There is no such thing and work-free landscaping.
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It depends on the level of maintenance you want to put into the hedge. Many plant cedars (Thuja occientalis) at close spacing (2 ft. apart) then pull out every other one as they start to get bigger. Privet (Amur sp.), bamboo, bridalwreath spirea, lilac and forsythia are also commonly used and fairly fast growing. Your choice should depend on how high and how wide you want the hedge, as well as your climate.
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where are you located? DON'T USE AN INVASIVE SPECIES! Privet is invasive, so is most honeysuckle. The cedar route is good.
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No idea what your climate is there but over here a commonly grown and beautiful plant used for hedging is Murraya paniculata.
Common name Orange Jessamine.
Grows fast and has a small white flower that smells just gorgeous.


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