As plant and care Hedges

Instead of a wall or fence can be used for a hedge of evergreen or deciduous shrubs, except where it is needed an element of containment field. Evergreen hedges have the advantage of being a living element of the garden, scented flowers can make or attract birds and other wildlife. The forsythia and the rose bushes are great for an informal hedge, roses calls "Sharon" grow very well in dry climates, and type a tapestry hedge, which combine sumac, Salviastrum texanum orach and some varieties will be appropriate in a hot, dry weather.At the same time, for a hedge you can choose from a variety of colors ranging from dark green to grayish green and those with lines or spots of contrasting colors. It is also possible to combine in a common species. In general, the hedgerows are cheaper than walls or fences, and is easier to modify when you want to make a change.
However, a hedge fund that is used as needed some special attention because it is a living element. First, it can take several seasons to reach maturity. In regions where winters are harsh, also require protection to prevent snow accumulation.When space or water supplies are limited, a hedge vigorous plants can compete with those of the beds that have been created at the bottom of it, which will shortly valid for this purpose.
Some of the evergreens that are denser and therefore well suited for hedges, are boxwood, cotoneaster, cherry laurel, euonymus (burning bush), Osmanthus and pittosporum. Some conifers - Cypress "Lawson", yew, hemlock, western red cedar and yours-are also suitable. Among deciduous plants that are good hedges, including barberry, buckthorn, flowering quince and rose bushes, especially Rosa rugosa and R. gallica.
Hedges lend themselves to different forms of expression in a garden. The fine texture is special for pruning ornamental, a feature ideal for formal gardens. The flower and deciduous shrubs are best suited for an informal design. Whatever the variety chosen, we must pay attention to that at the time of maturity, their dimensions are consistent with those of the bed to which the hedge fund in question serve.

The timing of pruning

The timing and technique of pruning shrubs vary with the type of plant and the purpose intended. The deciduous shrubs can be pruned at any time of the growing season. But giving young evergreen flower need special attention, as shown below.New shrubs require a light pruning from the beginning that they can benefit from a flower more severe pruning, which will encourage flowering. To avoid unsightly gaps in the evergreen not to do severe pruning in all at once.
  • Young shrubs: Plants that have been born in a container need only minimal pruning when transplanting to the ground. In general, a cut is half of what they have grown after the first season. It will continue to cut, mid-summer, half of what the plant grows every year, until the shrub has reached the desired size, from that time will be cut during the growing season just to keep in shape.
  • Flowering shrubs: In addition to annual pruning, shrubs such as forsythia, which produces many branches from the soil, require annual pruning, with which it will eliminate approximately one third of the old or non-productive branches. The spring-flowering shrubs are pruned after flowering and summer flowering during the dormant season. In the case of shrubs that provide berries, pruning is done once fallen fruit.
  • Evergreen hedges: The pruned sparingly during the summer to keep fit. Do not cut up the stems without leaves, because most evergreens do not produce new leaves in old stems. To rejuvenate the plant, it removed large dead or damaged branches in late summer or early fall, when he ended the season of active growth.

Planting and maintenance of a formal hedge

The pruning of a formal hedge is made primarily to increase the density of foliage Council, in addition to controlling the size and shape of your plants. Some young people need a pruning hedges made by hand, but those who are already mature in time very well supported cuts with mechanical clippers. The general rule for maintaining and developing a hedge is to cut no more than 1cm of what has grown over the years. If the hedge is made up of fast-growing plants, it will take several cuttings in the year, but instead, just a slow-growing annual plants.
  • You need to decide the width of the base and narrowing of the top. You must cut the top, front and back from the bottom, to set the proper angle.Do not prune the opposing sides of adjacent plants if they are to the spaces between them are closed with the passage of time. While pruning is done, it should go back from time to time to control the shape of the whole.
  • With a mechanical mower, it cuts a flat plane at the top and side of a hedge and grown. After using this type of machine you have to go rake leaves to fall to the ground the cut twigs. Finally, we must clean the machine, so that the blades are not remnants of sap or resin.


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