Tips, Rules of Thumb and Did You Know

Throughout this site you will find tips, rules of thumb and little pieces of trivia you may not have known. With the exception of plant specific (on each plant’s page) below we’ve presented all of them on one page for all to see.

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Hot Tips

  1. If you have the room purchase at least 1 extra plant for every 20 in your hedge. plant it/them out elsewhere in the garden for transplantation should something go wrong with your hedge.
  2. “Fertiliser for Natives” is not a gimmicky way to sell you more fertiliser. Don’t feed your Lilly Pilly hedge with general purpose fertiliser – they won’t like the phosphorus.
  3. Don’t put a $20 plant in a $1 hole – the sub-surface area is as important as plant selection.
  4. Prune early, Prune Often. The most common mistake is to get the height right first and then expect your hedge plants to bush out later. Get the bushy “mesh” effect first by pruning the tops and faces to encourage lateral growth to the base.

Suggestions

  1. Instead of a traditional hedge plant to hide a fence, what about a climber? They take up less space and are usually fast growing. On the downside there’s little formality and going above the height of the fence is more difficult.
  2. If you do have a gappy or leggy hedge, rather than start again or hacking it back in an effort to bush it out, try under-planting with a dwarf or small shrub. Make sure of your aspect as it could be shaded by the hedge. Correas (native) or Dwarf Agapanthus are a fantastic option for this.

Fast Facts

  1. A hedge grown to cover a south facing fence will be difficult to “bush out” because it will receive less sunlight. Plants grown in shade that normally require “full sun” will get “leggy” looking for the sun in such circumstances.
  2. Almost any plant can be grown as a hedge or screen but NO plant grows that way naturally – some need more help than others.
  3. Mulching has many benefits, including moisture retention in warmer months, frost protection in cooler months and weed suffocation all year round. Factor a thick layer (5cm or so) into your costs before you start. Just don’t put it too close to the trunks of your hedge plants.

Rule of Thumb

  1. Never rely solely on string line to make sure your hedge is straight. Put at least three plants in the ground at once then look over it with your eye from EVERY angle before backfilling. Then look at every angle again before settling the soil and watering in.
  2. The more formal the hedge the more pruning required and the LESS flowers produced as, in general, flowers are produced on last year’s growth. Prune it off and there won’t be many flowers.