Advice To Assist You In Creating A Beautiful, Natural Boundary Hedge

June 20, 2012 · Posted in Home improvement · Comment 

Most homeowners immediately think of fence panels when they are enclosing an outside space. But quality fence panels are often quite costly, especially when your project involves big areas.

A 100% natural hedge however, gives you an excellent alternative. A hedge can help you to resolve a range of problems like lack of privacy and security, in the same way as you can with a fence or wall. Look for plants that grow successfully in your locality when looking for the ideal varieties to use for your particular project. Your local garden or plant nursery is likely to be your best port of call as they will stock plants suitable for where you live and staff are often a great source of advice regarding your project. It is a wise idea to get your hands on a soil kit to determine the kind of soil you have on your land, as you will have to purchase plants that are most suitable for your garden.

To be on the safe side when using plants not normally grown nearby, you must first research to make sure they are going to be compatible with your local conditions. Keep in mind that native plants are usually more successful due to their resistance to local plant diseases and so on.

So, establish the soil type, choose the plants you are going to use, and then calculate quantities and costs.

A number of gardeners choose to plant an entire hedgerow using just one plant type. This will achieve an attractive, often formal look, or you could try combining different plants for a more natural look. When working out the ideal spacing for planting, you need to know their full growth size to give them sufficient room to spread out. Most plants are spaced at between 2 or or 3 feet apart.

Whilst planting hedges is not complicated, it can be surprisingly hard work. Preparing the land well and digging the correct sized holes is not something you can hurry. Holes at twice the size of the root ball are the minimum size you should aim for. You will give your hedge the best start by making sure your preparation is thorough. Make sure you plant in a straight row, pull a line across to be sure.

Water your hedge in, then step back and admire your work!

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Make A Fantastic Boundary For Your Property With An Evergreen Hedge.

May 10, 2012 · Posted in Home improvement · Comment 

When planting a boundary hedge for your property, the best option could be to use evergreens which will provide excellent year round cover.

They cost slightly more than deciduous varieties but they are always worth it.

There are a number of benefits to using evergreen shrubs for your hedge. Evergreens are very effective for privacy screening and disguising unsightly views, as well as being capable of reducing the unwanted effects created by pollution.

There are numerous great evergreen hedge plants to choose from, so you should be able to easily find a selection of plants that you love to suit your project perfectly. Keep in mind that it is not essential to choose only one type of plant as you will often achieve far more interesting results by combining several varieties for additional texture, tone and interest.

Two of perhaps the most common choices for a great looking evergreen border are Yew and Cherry Laurel.

Yew (Taxus baccata) likes quite a lot of water, especially when it is establishing itself It is a very dark green, very dense evergreen. Providing there is reasonable drainage it is very easy to grow. You can expect it to grow up to 30 centimeters every year.

Laurel is known for its beautiful large glossy leaves. It is a really hardy plant, which can grow as much as 60 centimeters per year. Laurel adds interest by producing red berries during autumn, followed by pretty white flowers in the spring. Although it does not grow well in coastal areas it is easy to grow anywhere else. As with most evergreens, Yew and Laurel will keep their shape well if you trim them annually.

Bamboo or Escallonia would provide a very different result. Bamboo will provide a unique architectural look. The low maintainance involved in looking after Bamboo has made it an increasingly popular plant. You can quickly create a wonderful boundary using your choice of Bamboo. Seek advice when selecting Bamboo as certain varieties can be invasive. Certain varieties are much less of a problem than others and you can choose from, green, golden and black varieties to choose from.

Escallonia is a great choice for a splash of vibrancy as it remains covered with gorgeous red flowers for almost half of the year. It can grow up to 45 centimetres each year and is a great choice of evergreen with small, dark green foliage.

Go to your local garden centre or have a look online for more ideas and advice.

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Use The Cold Winter Season To Organise Your Garden Ready For The Spring

March 28, 2012 · Posted in Home improvement · Comment 

Lots of us neglect our outdoor spaces and garden areas during the winter months when it feels less appealing to go outside. This is an important time for preparation work for the coming spring months.

During this period there is a great deal of clearing up to do. Dropped leaves and debris should be raked and composted for use in the subsequent year. Beds need to be carefully weeded, with roots dug out wherever possible to stop them from springing up again in a few months. Take out all of the dead annual and biannual plants that are now finished with. Whilst you are weeding and tidying the beds, take time to rake and loosen up the top soil around all of your perennials to improve future growth.

Neaten and prune shrubs and trees ready for the arrival of new spring growth.

The cold winter months are the perfect time to create some new beds. Add compost or manure to the soil as soon as possible, to give it time to break down and improve the quality of the soil before planting. Plants will grow bigger and stronger in richly composted beds. If you have a vegetable patch, it will also need to be turned over and prepared. It is best to get these tasks out of the way in plenty of time for when you are ready to begin planting. If you have some winter vegetables growing already in this area, carefully turn the soil around them and compost on top of the ground in the areas where you already have growth as it will slowly break down and give them an extra boost.

It is common for gardens to lack colour and inspiration at this time of year but this does not need to be the case as your local garden centre will have a variety of gorgeous winter plants for you to spruce it up. Just because it is winter, there is no need for any garden to look lifeless. You will find a variety of gorgeous plants to add some colour and appeal through the entire winter until spring comes.

Great shrubs like Winter Jasmine will give you a display of tiny blooms. Both the Holly with its bright red berries or the popular Pyracantha are great options too. Crocus, Narcissus and Iris are all great for adding an attractive display of colour. Grouping different kinds of Heathers together provides an appealing and subtle look through the winter. There is always a knowledgable professional at your local garden centre for advice and planting information.

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