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Hedges serve some important landscape functions. They mark boundaries for property, walks and drives, act as fences to animals and people, serve as windbreaks or prevent drifts and provide privacy.

Garden Hedges, especially formal hedges, require time to establish them as well as annual pruning.

They are therefore useful as windbreaks during the winter months.

If we look around many office buildings and houses we will see how having a garden hedge gives a more wholesome and eye-catching look.

Growing hedges is easy but the secret lies in selecting the hedge variety that suits your situation. If you pick the right variety then hedge care is reduced and it will perform well in your environment.

Landscaping Hedge

A "hedge" in the sense that I'm using here though, refers to a line of shrubs that are trimmed regularly into the architectural form of a wall - a green wall in fact.

Growing a finely sheared hedge is one of the most labor intensive and difficult tasks in gardening, and should be employed therefore when there is a specific design reason for doing so.

Here are some of the design questions that a hedge, as opposed to a screen of bushes, can answer.

* A hedge gives a sense of order to the garden. It does not necessarily have to mean extreme formality, and can fit into a relaxed if well defined design. Of course a hedge is not a "natural" element in the garden, but then neither is a wall or a seat.

* A sheared hedge forms an ideal backdrop to focal points such as a mass of flowers, a water feature, or a sculpture. In good design, the "support" elements are as important in creating the composition as the "star" features.

* It is the preferred solution in small gardens where free growing shrubs are liable to take up too much width.

Hedge Trimmers

Hedge Trimmers were designed and built for use in park and landscape maintenance, but can also be used for a variety of jobs in private gardens and estates.

They are particularly useful when long or gnarled hedges have to be trimmed.

Depending upon the age of your hedge and the purpose for pruning (width, thickness, height or all three,) determine your goal and think past what the hedge may hide before hacking away with trimmers.

Walk around the hedge or look over the top, if it hides warehouse you might reconsider the pruning plan.

New hedge plantings don't need a lot of care until roots are established and the plants have grown together to form the border width and height desired.

Periodically snipping outgrowth of smaller bushes a few times during the growing cycle will encourage the plants to branch towards each other and up.

When the hedged achieves desired height and width, the best method for overall appearance is selective pruning by hand.

Remember

Remember that trimming your hedge prior to fall and winter months means;

whatever you've trimmed will not grow back before spring, whereas late winter or spring pruning will rapidly recover in new growth as warm weather sets in -- and recover the unwanted, accidental snip.

Hedge sides should be trimmed at a slight angle beginning with the widest part of the plant close to ground level and tapering to a slightly condensed width at the top.

This method provides more sunlight for exposed leaves and helps to reduce top-heavy hedges in the event of snow, ice, or wind damage.

Hedge Shrub

As with anything choosing the right hedge shrub comes down to personal preference and the type of look you are trying to gain in your yard.

The kind of shrub you purchase will also depend on some other factors such as how much sun your planting area gets, the type of soil you have and how much time do you want to spend caring for your new plant.

That last point is important when it comes to choosing a hedge shrub.

While some require little to no maintenance there are other types that require a large amount of time to prune and take care of.

If you don't they will grow out of control and could make your yard not look so good. If you don't want to spend much time caring for your new shrub then consider getting a forsythia or privet.

On the other hand, if you like trimming and sculpting your new hedge shrub and have the time to do so then you have many more options to choose from.

The next thing to consider before getting a new hedge shrub is how much sun does the area in which you want to plant it get.

Carefully check the amount of sun any plant you wish to buy requires and makes sure that it is suited to the amount of light.

The more sun you planting area gets the larger selection of hedge shrubs you will have to choose from.

Of course the most important point when it comes to buying a hedge shrub is what do you like.

As you narrow down you list to meet the criteria outlined above start asking yourself which ones appeal to you the most.

Remember

Remember, unless you dig it up and throw it away it will probably live in your yard longer then you live in the house.

You'll be seeing it year after year so it makes sense to get one that appeals to you.

Hedge Cutting

Before you cut a single stem or leaf, it is imperative that you have the right hedge cutting machine for the job.

If you intend to a lot of work then push the boat out and buy a quality make.

The blades move at very high speeds and the engine will need to work very hard as well so reliability is worth paying for.

If you already have a hedge cutting machine then give it the once over and if you cut a lot of hedges it is important to sharpen the blades.

Some hedge cutting tips

Start by trimming the sides.

The depth of cut will be determined by the material you are cutting.

Hawthorn - Crataegus - for example, can be cut back hard to the previous cut even if you lose some of the leaves,, but be careful. The more manicured the Hawthorn the more likely to get die-back, possibly leading to some remedial pruning in the winter to stimulate re-growth.

Privet can take all kinds of beatings and is really resilient.

Some conifers will regenerate if cut beyond its living growth but most will only be able to be trimmed back to about half an inch from the last green shoot.

Whatever you do, do not cut into brown stems otherwise this will leave a hole that may never recover.

Fast Growing Hedges

To produce a perfect fast growing hedge or screen, plant your trees at a 1 meter spacing, keep free of grass and weeds around base and fertilize regularly and irrigate when dry.


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Container Gardening at Home

Gardening in containers is the modern and smart way for gardening at home. The possibilities really are endless. You can grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers or even a combination of. How great is that?

Household containers become garden art (recyclers rejoice). With a little ingenuity one can turn items that originally were not designed as planter but have great potential as a garden container.

For instance:

Big Plastic party bowls (usually reserved for dips and chips) can be useful and colorful. Great place for growing herbs.

Large metal or plastic buckets are attractive because they are deep and wide with the added bonus of handles (easy to move).

Wire or wicker baskets, just line with plastic or moss.

Large old toys like a dump truck or wagon, especially if they still have wheels.

Foam box from vegetable shops.

Just on rule to follow, no matter what material you use, it must have drainage holes!

As a "container gardener" (yes we are in our own class) you do have an easier time then the "traditional gardener". You can make use of the smallest of space. Smaller space means less variables to deal with. Skip the backbreaking work of tilling and adding soil amendments to the beds. Harvesting is easier, you can bring the pot to you! Almost never have weeds. Containers are mobile, regroup them into a pleasing combination and take advantage of the changing seasons.

What about that old saying"location, location, location"? Anyone with a speck of outdoor space can enjoy the therapeutic and rewarding pursuit of gardening. Balcony or porch, deck or patio even steps are places to display year round interest. Fill the pot with a sweet smelling plant and welcome your visitors with a heavenly aroma. It is an easy way to bring the garden closer to you! Or a window box planted with herbs and lettuce, easy picking for a salad. Even in the yard, you can integrate garden containers in the overall scheme. Fill in seasonal gaps and take advantage of specialized micro-environments. Put each container where it fits best and move aside when it is past prime.

There are many great books that can offer how to advice on preparing, selecting plants, choosing containers and creating various themes. Books can be a guide for anyone wishing to transform even the smallest corner with flair and confidence. Make efficient use of your space with container gardening, where you can grow good things to eat or just look at! Even with one container and a little planning you can have garden for all seasons!