When to Plant Your Hedge

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When to plant a hedge can be a matter of when is best for you and the time you have. If you’re taking the plants into consideration the best time to plant out a hedge row is now – Autumn (in the Southern Hemisphere any way).

Why Plant in Autumn and not Spring?

While the air temperatures of a gardener’s two favourite seasons are fairly similar, the soil temperature is vastly different.  A Spring planted hedge will start life in soil that’s still cool from the recent winter months. Just like jumping into bed on a cool spring night with just a sheet, your newly planted row will start life in the ground without the snug warm-soil feel of its own personal soil doona.

If you live in a climate with the possibility of extreme heat in Summer, try to avoid planting too close to December or over the Summer months. Transplant shock on a plant is hard enough without the added stress of extremely hot days burning foliage.

In Autumn, you will get the double benefit of warm temperatures and warm soil without the risk of the extreme Australian Summer burning your new hedge.

Most plant species, and especially hardy hedge plant species, are hardy enough to be planted at any time of the year. If you want to give your living boundary the best start possible, however, get stuck into your project now and you will be rewarded with fresh new growth in Spring.  Perfect timing with School Holidays and two Long Weekends around the corner!

3 Replies to "When to Plant Your Hedge"

  • Joanne April 5, 2015 (11:34 pm)

    Thanks for a great, easy to use and informative website. Very helpful for this hedge growing beginner.

  • Devon February 26, 2017 (1:26 am)

    I am interested in growing a murraya hedge.

    Questions ,

    Can they be grown from seed ?

    What spacing should be used to cover an existing brush fence about two metres

    high with the proposed hedge facing north west ? Not in hurry to establish.

    I live inTamworth 2340;

    Many thanks

    • The Garden Hedge February 26, 2017 (9:19 pm)


      Growing from seed is a long process but can be done with Murraya. Propagating from semi-hardwood cuttings is also an option. We like the 0.3 rule when it comes to hedge plant spacing ie multiply your desired height by 0.3 and use that for your spacing. If you’re not in as much of a hurry to get the tight hedge look, you could space them up to 1m.

      Good luck.

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