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Mixed hedge advice

Hi, I am about to receive a mixed native hedge, & was just wondering if it's best to plant it alternating the different species, or would it look good planted with maybe several the same in a row? Thanks. 


  • RedwingRedwing SussexPosts: 1,300

    Do it randomly.  Do a search on here as there are lots of threads about mixed native hedging.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 2,997

    Redwing is right , do it randomly ; it will look much better in the future .

    I have two mixed hedges about 200' long running up each side of my rather long garden ; there are a few exotics interspersed within ; but oak , beech , wych elm , dogwood , laurel , field-maple , cherry , ash , holly , hawthorn ,yew , blackthorn predominate . Four specimen silver-birch also for good measure !

    Its been in about 25-years now , and I keep them about 5' wide and 6-7' tall . The best windbreaks ever for my centre borders .

    I never weed the hedges as I believe they are valuable for insect/bird life ; nettles and ivy are abundant in them. All manner of native flora have appeared over the years . All I do is periodically keep them in check with my Stihl 'long-reach' trimmer .

    Maybe or maybe not , I feel I'm trying to do my 'bit' for the local flora and fauna image

  • Thank you, that's what we'll do!

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