Shopping for Bushes and Hedges
A lot of people like to decorate their houses with bushes
and hedges just for the beauty factor. Others like them, but
for a different reason: They like the privacy that hedges especially
taller ones affords them. Whichever group you might
be in, if you're interested in adding some bushes or hedges
to your lawn, here are some shopping tips to keep in mind.
Remember that there is a lot of variety in both bushes and
hedges, so you'll have to decide ahead of time exactly what
you want. There are so many different kinds with their
own unique traits that you can't go shopping blind, without
knowing ahead of time what you want from the bushes. For
instance, you could go with a formal hedge or an informal.
Formal generally means that the plants will be repetitious
and will require regular pruning to maintain their appearance.
However, an informal one makes use of different styles and
sizes of plants. For that reason, the maintenance requirements
are a bit different. The informal option also allows
you to add some flowers in with them, to add a little something
Also, think about whether you want the bushes in the sun
or in the shade, and what kind of soil they will call home.
These are all important considerations because some bushes
thrive better in the sun, some prefer the shade; some do
better in one type of soil, and some in an entirely different
type. One other consideration related to the location
is that, before you place hedges near the street, you should
ask City Hall if there are any requirements that you must
As you're shopping, ask about the plant's age and level
of maturity. Some people have bought what looked like
a large bush and thought this must mean it's mature, only
to find out it was actually quite young and had not reached
maturity yet. As a result, when they got it home, it quickly
grew to be much too large.
When you've finally decided what kinds of bushes / hedges
to get, and you've finally gotten them home, you need to
be careful before you start planting. Make sure you
plant them fairly close to one another. When they
start growing, they will naturally fill in the gap between
themselves, generating the "hedge effect."
It's important, though, that you not plant them too close
together, lest they crowd each other out. Remember: It's
not your job to make them grow together in order to create
that walled-in hedge look. As long as you plant them
somewhat near each other, Mother Nature will take care of
the rest. If, though, you do plant them too close
to each other, you can always remove a few of them and replant
them, but it's much easier to get it right the first time.
If you're unsure how close to plane them to each other,
talk to someone who works at the store where you bought
Finally, please remember to keep the hedges pruned, especially
if you're using them as a wall between you and the neighbors.
Nothing is tackier than the house that plants a lot of hedges
and bushes, but then fails to maintain them and as a result,
there is something of a jungle separating your house from
the neighbor's. For the sake of peace in the neighborhood
and the beauty of your home, take care of your shrubbery.
If you do, they'll provide you years of peaceful bliss in
your home...and with those who live around you.