To Edge or not to Edge?

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When thinking about planting, it’s easy to assume that the costs will be limited to plants, soil, maybe some fertiliser or seaweed solution, and a weekend’s hard digging and planting. Generally, people want their hedges to form part of the landscape of their property, to add value even.

Based on that, and for the sake of avoiding alot of hassles later, make sure you think about the edge of your hedge line from the start. If you’re planting your hedge where lawn currently resides (the focus of this article), the edge question is one for which you must have a plan.

Types of Lawn

Buffalo – The easiest one to control (and most common in suburban situations) as it sends its runners ABOVE ground (Stolons). Don’t think this means you shouldn’t have an edge, as Buffalo runners are hardy and prolific.

Kikuyu and Couch – This is where you might have a larger problem as, commonly, both varieties have underground runners (Rhizomes) and they can run very deep, creating an edging nightmare because any edge or border would have to go around 50cm, or almost 2ft, underground. Check with your local Horticulturist or even take a sample to a local nursery to see if you can identify what you have. Alternatively, dig a hole where you’re planning your hedge and see what’s down there for yourself.

Assuming you have a Buffalo lawn, you will be creating a nightmare of work if you don’t edge. Mowers and Whipper Snippers do as much, if not more, damage to garden plants and trees than any disease. Edge far enough away from the hedge line and with the right material and you’ll make the job easy on you and your plants.

So, the answer to the question is definitely, yes. Plan for an edge to your line of hedge plants. A few dollars now will save alot of time, hassle, plant deaths and a bad back from ripping runners out of the ground


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