Hedges provide many excellent benefits in your backyard, from creating a natural wall barrier to increasing the overall appearance of your garden. Unfortunately, formal hedges with the clean lines and geometric shapes are not easy to do. Luckily, there are some ways you can turn the hedges in your backyard to formal ones, where they look like a professional landscaping contractor cut them. Here are some tips for creating a formal hedge.
Choose the Right Plants
A formal hedge always begins with choosing the right plants. If you select plants that have large leafs spaced far apart, you will never get the uniform lines you are looking for. You want to choose plants that have small leaves packed as closely together as possible. These plants can be cut in such a way that you create a formal hedge. You also want a plant that grows slowly, so you can better keep up with the trimming. Some good plant options include evergreens like boxwood, yew, holly, firethorn, and ligustrom.
Plant Them Close Together
A hedge includes multiple plants that grow together, not just one large plant. To accomplish this, get multiple plants of the same species and plant them very close together. You want them to intertwine and weave together as they grow. It may take several months to a year for them to grow in the manner you need for creating a formal hedge. Plant them in a single line in the desired location, allowing them to touch even when they are first planted. You will be able to remove some plants if it turns out to be excessive once they are fully grown.
Choose Your Formal Shape
For formal hedges, you will start by choosing the shape you want. Go with a geometric shape that has sloped sides, as these are the easiest to work with. You want a shape that is a little wider at the bottom so it has enough stability to remain upright. Even if you go with a rectangle or square shape for the hedges, make sure the bottom is at least slightly wider than the top of the hedge.
Don't start fully cutting your plants until they reach the size you want. However, you can do mild pruning to keep them under control. Once they reach the right size, get your hedge shape cut as soon as possible. The first shearing for the hedge should preferably done in the spring. Try to find a vertical guide within your plants to guide your shape. For example, if you have twine you can wrap around the plants while you cut, that can be very helpful.
Also remember your formal hedges will need to be maintained. You shouldn't have to trim them too often if you chose plants that grow slowly. Shear the edges as needed. About once a year, you may need to remove dead wood with a pair of loppers or hand pruning shears.Share
22 April 2015
Landscaping can be a lot of fun, you can beautify your property and can actually increase the value of your home. Unfortunately, landscaping a lawn that has never been touched by a landscaper before can be difficult. You have to use the right kind of plants for the environment, know what to look for to address water control and what to do to make the design as easy to manage as possible. I have worked with my landscaper for several years to create a beautiful garden-like setting around my home. To find out what you need to know to accomplish the perfectly landscaped property you want read on.