These days many properties will have garden hedges in preference to fences/walls to indicate where property boundaries begin and end. Rather than a boundary line that is a solid fence or wall, a hedge allows for natural light, wildlife and an ever changing appearance in line with the seasons. Some homeowners choose to plant hedges, to provide privacy in a garden, to encourage wildlife, and to visually enhance the overall appearance of their garden and land that surrounds their property.
As touched upon in the introduction, hedges are often used as land boundaries. Although hedges require a level of hedge maintenance monmouth (the level of which depends on the variety), the cost is far less than if repairing or replacing fence panels, the upkeep and treatment of the wood, the initial costs of constructing and maintaining a stone wall etc. If a hedge is maintained it will last as long as the property, if not longer! You also have the flexibility to choose the variety of hedge that will best suit your property, maybe a flowering hedge?
A healthy hedge is an attractive hedge. Ensuring that you prune on a regular basis, seeking the help from a professional where necessary will result in a dense and compact hedge that may even add value to your property. As the hedge changes its appearance through the seasons, expect flashes of colour from greens to autumnal shades, flowers to berries, depending on the variety of hedge that you have chosen. The ‘curb appeal’ that your property provides is often as important as the decoration inside, and a well-kept garden hedge will only add to this.
In areas where houses are in close proximity to each other, hedges surrounding your garden can offer much needed privacy from neighbours, or overlooking paths and roadsides.
Wind, noise and pollution
A compact hedge provides an excellent means of reducing noise, whether it is foot or vehicle traffic. In addition, if the area you live in is susceptible to high winds, a hedge will offer a level of protection for your garden and home.
A dense well established hedge is also known to absorb air pollution, which is particularly useful if the hedge surrounds a vegetable patch or children’s play area that is close to a roadside.
Bird feeders are very popular, but garden hedges offer a more natural environment for birds and other wildlife. As well as feeding the birds, a hedge will also attract insects and butterflies that will often take shelter.
So, with a garden hedge come a number of benefits. Many homeowners are put off from choosing hedges as they believe that the continuous maintenance is time consuming and costly – which does not have to be the case.
New hedges do require regular trimming in the first few years, but this is to encourage healthy growth and to ensure that as the hedge matures it adopts an appealing shape.
A well-established hedge will require trimming once or twice a year depending on the type of hedge. A professional hedge trimmer can provide further advice on this.