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Hedges Direct are a specialist grower of a huge range of hedging plants, in all sizes from 30cm to 3m. We stock bare roots, cell grown plants, pot grown shrubs and root ball hedge plants so whether you want deciduous or evergreen hedging, cheap garden hedging or top of the range instant hedging, fine topiary, trees or lawn turf youve found the right company and we are available if you need advice by phone 7 days a week.

Why plant a hedge?

Hedges, fences and walls all provide boundaries around our gardens, but hedges have many advantages over the man-made alternatives.

Cost

Cost

Planting a hedge is a DIY project and all you need is a free day, a spade, plants and some compost to give your hedge a good start (unless you're in a rural area where you might need rabbit guards). A very rough indication of an average evergreen hedge cost for 10m is £210 assuming £7 plants with 3 per metre. The cost is considerably lower if you use smaller cell grown hedging plants or the even less expensive bare root plants most of which are deciduous but there are some evergreen species (Cherry Laurel, Box, Holly, Yew and Privet).

A wall of the same length and height would cost approx (assuming a builder does it for you) is £1,000.

A fence would be a bit cheaper, perhaps about £400

So, hedges win hands down, and can last longer than a fence and just as long as a wall. We've designed our website so that you can quickly compare the cost of various hedge plants - some will be considerably less than we've quoted here, some more, and a lot depends on whether you have the patience to order smaller plants (which are much cheaper) and wait an extra year or two for them to mature.


Crime prevention

Crime prevention

Thorny or spiny hedges are tremendously offputting to burglars. Particularly where your boundary is vulnerable, think about Hawthorn, Pyracantha and Berberis. It is thought that crime rates are lower in green areas and even that people are inclined to drive more slowly down a hedge lined street.

Attract insects, butterflies and birds

Attract insects, butterflies and birds

You can hang a bird feeder off a wall, but it doesn't compare with providing a Hawthorn hedge with luscious red haws in autumn, or the berries on a Spotted Laurel, or Pyracantha or Holly. And beneficial insects love Lavender, Oleaster, and Hawthorn. As well as feeding the birds, butterflies and insects, hedges give shelter. Always check that fledglings have left their nest before clipping your hedge. The occupied nests of all wild birds are protected by law.

Wind protection

Wind protection

The overwhelming reason to plant a hedge is to provide shelter from winds. Unlike a wall or fence, which divert the wind upwards over the obstruction creating turbulance, a hedge filters and calms it, which leads to improved air circulation and the formation of a sheltered microclimate. In the garden, this gives better growing conditions as a result of warmer soil. In seaside areas, a hedge is particularly useful in reducing salt erosion and damage to foliage from salt and sand.

Hiding unattractive features

Hiding unattractive features

We don't all have great views from every window and a hedge can quickly mature to whatever height is appropriate to block the view of rubbish bins, washing lines, compost heaps, or ugly buildings. This is particularly useful if you need a high screen, when the cost implications of walls and fences becomes even more persuasive in favour of hedges.

Framing a feature

Framing a feature

The dark background of an established hedge can help to focus the gardeners' eye onto the plants in the foreground. Hedges are used by garden designers to help enhance a view and herbaceous borders are shown to best effect in front of a hedge.

Low maintenance

Low maintenance

All hedges require maintenance but fences need to be painted, panels need to be replaced when rotted or wind-damaged and ok, yes walls don't need a lot of maintenance so even we will admit that a wall's got the edge over a hedge when it comes to low maintenance. Think carefully when choosing a hedge about the maintenance requirement - our products section specifies the frequency of clipping needed.

Environmental benefits

Environmental benefits

Dense evergreen hedges are a useful way to reduce noise levels (reduce but not eliminate). The degree of sound deadening is directly influenced by the height, maturity and density of a hedge, and particularly by the elevation of the source of the noise - a noise from above the garden level being more difficult to reduce. Hedges planted for sound proofing are also known absorb air pollution, particularly useful for near herb and vegetable gardens, childrens' play areas etc.

Colour

Colour

Leaves in shades of green, grey, yellow, cream, lime and copper, blossom, flowers, fruits and berries - carefully chosen hedges will reward the gardener with colour throughout the seasons.

House value

House value

We have seen research that shows that house prices are higher in streets in green areas. So, get the neighbours to plant a hedge!

 

 
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