How to Plant Hedging

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Planting hedging is something that you can do to give your yard a little bit of additional privacy. Plant hedging with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello. My name is Nicholas Staddon. I'm from Monrovia. We're going to talk about how to plant with hedging. Hedging is key to our gardens. It gives us privacy, privacy depending on where you're from and it keeps your neighbors out, it keeps their children out and it keeps their dogs out. And so the variety of plant we have here today is a juniper called Blue Arrow. A couple of really important things about hedging. You've got short hedges, you've got tall hedges. Blue Arrow will get about 12 to 15 feet tall, 3 feet wide. So you'll notice that we've got these plants on 3 foot centers. And they are actually going to grow together, probably in about 2 to 3 years. When you buy any plant for hedging make sure you read the label, make sure you consult with your local garden expert and ask, this is my space, this is how much ground I cover, these are the plants I like, what would you suggest. But I think the key thing is don't plant them too close together because you'll be surprised in the right conditions how close they'll get. The other thing you need to be really careful of is how close you plant them to the house. And I would always advise to put them at least 2 to 3 feet away from the house. If you ever want to paint the wall, you have to work with a sprinkler system, you need room behind the hedge and the side of the house to get in there and carry on your work. So a complete opposite to the juniper Blue Arrow is a boxwood called Winter Gem. Winter Gem is just a darling of a small hedge. You can use them to surround roses, a herb garden. You can use them to line an entry way up to your house something more formal. So here we plant these much closer together. If you want a hedge that's going to work very quickly plant them maybe a foot apart, but you can see how even they are. What a complement for this great Blue Juniper.

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