Natural fences have come back into style with concern for the environment, a hedge helps to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, and provides a home and safe passage for many many small creatures such as lizards and birds.
To make your own natural fence on the edge of your property it’s a good idea to check the local regulations to see if there are any height restrictions which may affect the choice of bush or shrub your select.
Some municipal bylaws also specify that hedges may not encroach onto the verge, the small strip of public land between your boundary and the road. If this is the case, you’ll want to move the hedge line back inside your property a short distance.
A natural fence blends in the surroundings more than the hard lines of a wooden, metal, or brick fence, helping to make the garden look more spacious.
For hedges to be useful as a natural fence it is generally better to pick an evergreen shrub with dense foliage, perhaps even a shrub or bush that is relatively quick growing. Your garden center should be able to offer advice on plants that thrive in your area.
To start your hedge, clear the ground of weeds, and turn the soil over to break large clumps and allow air into the ground. You may also need to add fertilizer and water absorbing crystals to help retain water near the plant roots.
Run some string along the length the ground at the point where you plan to plant your new hedge, and staking it at both ends. The string should be reasonably taut otherwise it will be difficult to keep a straight line.
Once you’ve planted your bushes or shrubs, be sure to give them a good watering, you’ll want the soil to be damp but not saturated, and then perhaps add some mulch over the top. Be sure the mulch doesn’t strangle the plants since this could cause fungal decay in the trunk.