Hedge Spacing Advice

Hedges have evergreen foliage, which means their leaves remain green and functional throughout the season. Hedge spacing is crucial in order to allow the hedge to grow and form properly.

When planting, consider the spacing of hedges and how full and bushy you want your hedging to be. The further apart your spacing the longer it takes to join and form a hedge, this could also lead to hedging gaps. Planting closer together, leaving a smaller spacing, will make it possible for the hedge to join without creating gaps, but this will require more plants.

Generally speaking, we recommend planting most evergreen shrubs at a distance of 1-4 plants per metre (25-100cm) apart. Planting 25cm apart will allow the hedges to fill in the space quicker, but you will see just as much success if planting 50-100cm apart in the long run.

Deciduous hedges are often planted using bare root hedge plants which can be set at 3-7 plants per metre depending on whether you want a single row hedge or a thicker and denser double row hedge.

Fast growing conifer hedges such as Leylandii are usually planted at 2 plants per metre where the proposed height is up to 2 metres. These fast growing hedge plants can be grown into much taller hedges and screens in which case the planting distance is usually one quarter of the proposed height. (So for a 4 metre tall hedge you would plant them 1 metre apart.)

Some other points to consider are if you want to grow a tall hedge or a smaller hedge. For higher hedging, allow for greater spacing, allowing the hedge room to grow and absorb nutrients from the soil. You may want to consider buying hedges with medium growth rates, which will make it easier for them to form hedges.

It is important to read the guidance and take note of the planting density when choosing a hedge. This will provide information on how long each hedge plant will grow, giving an idea of planting hedge spacing.

How important is the spacing between your hedges?

Spacing between hedges is an important factor to think about before buying hedges. Whether you need a hedge for borders, for privacy, or for ornamental purposes, it is important to understand the spacing between hedges so that they can grow properly and join together.

Hedges absorb nutrients from the earth that allow them to grow, if you plant hedges to close these hedges together, it would compete with the hedges and fight to grow. However, if you spaced hedges further apart, it would take longer to join and get a thicker hedge, but it will allow them to grow fully and at their own pace.

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