How to plant a natural Privacy Fence with Privet Hedge plants

Plant your own natural privacy hedge using privet plants. Privet plants (Ligustrum) are easy to grow, easy to care for and very affordable also. Privet shrubs are evergreen plants with dense foliage, and beautiful and aromatic clusters of flowers. You can choose from several varieties of privet, like Japanese privet (Ligustrum japonicum), California privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium), glossy privet (Ligustrum lucidum) and variegated Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense "Variegata").

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Shovel

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Soak your privet plants in water while you prepare the ground for the planting of your new hedge. They usually look a little like sticks when purchased as starter plants, but do not worry, they grow fast.

Dig holes and plant at least 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart in a row. You can space the plants up to 3 feet apart if desired, but your fence hedge will take longer to fill out and connect to the other plants. Dig the holes just a little larger than the roots of the plants that you are using.

Cover the hole up with the soil that you took from it while digging. Pack the soil firmly around each plant but not too hard.

Water in your plants well and keep them watered for the next week or so on a daily basis. After that time has passed, you can water just once a week.

When the plants start to grow and bush out, prune them slightly and keep them at equal sizes as they grow.


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