Whether you want to have some added privacy in your backyard or block out the wind from hitting your garden, planting hedges are the perfect solution. Thankfully, they’re super easy to plant, even for those lacking a green thumb. All you have to do is follow the seven simple steps below:
Step 1: Decide what kind of hedges you want to grow
Plnating hedges is going to take some research, so get an idea of what size shrubs you want to plant and how long it will take those to reach their maximum height and width. You should pick ones that you’ll feel comfortable showing off. Once you figure that out, think about how much time you’ll have to prune and perform other types of maintenance. Don’t pick a shrub that you won’t be able to properly care for. For instance, junipers and dogwoods don’t require that much upkeep, while oleander and laurels should be hand-pruned often.
Step 2: Outline the area
With wooden stakes, begin marking two parallel lines over the path you want your hedge to cover. The stakes should be driven in roughly 4 or 5 feet deep and then tied with string so that they’re visible. We recommend keeping the two lines about the same distance apart as the shrub’s root ball so that you have a clear planting guideline to follow.
Step 3: Get rid of plants and weeds
If there is any grass, plants or weeds growing in-between your lines, remove them immediately. If you don’t, they will take away water from your new hedges.
Step 4: Place the hedges in their appropriate spots
While in their pots, set the plants out in the spaces where you plan on growing them. Remember, you don’t want to put them down too close together, because these hedges will grow out, requiring more room.
Step 5: Dig the planting hole
In the marked spots, dig out holes that are wider than the root balls, but just as deep. You don’t want to dig out too much soil though because if you do, you’ll have to backfill with loose soil to prevent the hedge from sinking too deep.
Step 6: Plant and water the hedges
Lay the root ball in the planting hole and then cover it back up with soil, adding any fertilizers the shrub needs. As soon as that’s done, water the plants thoroughly. Make sure that you continue to water the shrubs regularly.
Step 7: Add mulch
On top of the soil around your hedges, add a 2 to 3-inch layer of much. This will help fend off weeds from growing and keep your plants moist.