Tracysshed Posts: 82
Could anyone help.i would like to make a hedge out of laurel in the spring out of laurel.how far apart do they need to be planted and do they grow quickly or do they take there time .if they is a faster growing plant that I could use instead to grow as a hedge could you let me know thank you.
We have a gi-normorous laurel hedge at the bottom of the lawn but it has been there for yonks so I cannot advise on anything! However googling 'planting a laurel hedge' gives loads of hits, some of which might help. I'm sure some of the more experienced posters will help. You say a faster growing plant could be used so what exactly do you want to achieve?
Laurel is the fastest growing evergreen shrub suitable for hedging that I can think of. Do keep on top of the pruning when it matures though, otherwise it can get out of hand (you will end up with a row of laurel trees!) The good news is that overgrown laurel can be cut back hard (to the ground if needed) and it will quickly grow back. As you are making a hedge, I'd suggest planting them about 40 to 50cm apart. Also best prune using secateurs as a normal hedge trimmer will damage the leaves which will then look a bit unsightly and may allow diseases to enter, such as leaf spot and shothole.
hi, do laurel need a lot of sun? you have given me an idea tracyshed
hi tracyshed, i had a look on another site, they ok in sun or semi shade, so good luck to both of us
Ours is in a dip in the land, bordering a stream, running north/south and gets next to no sunshine except the rising and setting sun and it has no problems flourishing!
ha ha good idea