Which Are The Best Plants For Hedging In Somerset?
There’s a lot to be said for using hedging in your Somerset gardens for defining your property boundaries, giving your outdoor spaces lots of shelter from the wind and also giving you and your family a lot of much-needed privacy, especially if you live in close quarters to your neighbours and are worried about prying eyes.
But how do you know which plants to choose and which ones will provide you with exactly what you’re looking for from a new garden hedge? Conifers are very popular choices for homeowners, as are large evergreens and low growing plants like lavandula angustifolia so perhaps look into some of them to see if you like the way they look.
You can narrow your choices down by thinking about what kind of height you want and the level of maintenance you’re happy with for your hedge. Think about the soil conditions in your garden and the situation the hedges will be in, as this will help inform your choices – and you should always pick suitable plants that can tolerate the site they’ll be planted in.
If attracting wildlife is a key concern for you and your garden, think about going for native hedges as these can provide both shelter and food – so your outdoor spaces will soon be teeming with life.
Evergreens are perhaps the best choice for hedges because you can enjoy shelter and privacy all year round, but be mindful that these plants will demand more maintenance work and you’ll have to prune them twice a year to keep them in good health.
Your other option is deciduous plants and they also make good hedges, but you won’t have the same level of privacy as you would with an evergreen so do bear this in mind. But that being said, you won’t have to worry about maintenance as much as with an evergreen hedge.
The majority of shrubs and trees do have the potential to make good hedges, but whatever you choose make sure you prepare the soil beforehand properly so your hedge has the best start in life possible. You do this by digging over the ground where you want the hedge and removing all the weeds you find. You might need to have a permanent drainage system put in if soils become waterlogged during the winter.