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Backyard Privacy Hedges

Updated on June 3, 2010

Hedges For Privacy

 People want privacy in their yards for obvious reasons. Most call a fencing company and have them construct a fence around the yard and usually that fence is not the nicest looking thing. Often times it is really ugly and over time the wood warps and becomes discolored which makes it even uglier than it was to start out.

If you have the time and the patience, it is better to plant a hedge that will grow up to provide the same privacy elements as a fence would. Hedges can grow quite tall and thick and will surround a yard in much the same way a fence would. If you have small children and don't wan't them wandering off, a thick hedge can be just as save as a fence.

Privacy Hedges Look Great

 When given the choice, most people would choose a beautiful hedge instead of a fence that will become worn over the years. The problem is that it takes time to grow. Depending on how thick and high you want your hedge, it can take anywhere from 3 to 10 years to grow something that will give you the privacy you want.

English laurel is a favorite for hedge growing. Other choices include Boxwood (Buxus), Arborvitae, Holly, Yew, Firethorn, Leyland Cyprus, Ligustrum, and Cotoneaster,

If you are thinking of planting a hedge, you should do it right away as any time lost procrastinating is time lost that your hedge can be growing and getting bigger.

Hedges Are Easy To Maintain

If you are someone who takes pride in your garden and yard. growing a hedge instead of putting in a fence is something you should seriously consider. All good backyard landscape ideas will include things that make the yard look more natural and a beautiful green hedge gets the nod over an wood fence any day.

The biggest drawback of a hedge is that you have to grow it first and then spend some time to maintain. The maintenance should never be too dificult though, as long as you don't let it get out of hand. Yearly cutting and trimming with a hedge trimmer should be enough to keep it looking great but you have to buckle down and spend the time. There is nothing worse than an out of control hedge cluttering up the perimiter of a house!

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