Planting a hedge - help!

I want to plant a conifer hedge along my boundary and was wondering if there is a suitable distance I should leave to allow the plants to grow, thicken out and expand without too much encroachment on my neighbours? 


  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,156

    about 30 foot between eachimage no sorry joke  why not go for  a native british hedgerow ???

  • BrummieBenBrummieBen Posts: 459

    With archie on this, a native british hedgerow supports thousands of times more wildlife than a conifer hedge. When you consider the stress of keeping the conifers trimmed, not really different to a proper hedgerow, plus you can enjoy all the extra visitors as well as flowers.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    You boys are very naughty....image

    I have to admit I agree with you though. The only real advantage to conifers is that they're evergreen which many people want in a boundary hedge. A lot also depends on your situation -ie screening a busy road, an ugly view...ugly neighbours.....oops sorry! Conifers suck the goodness out of the soil around them too so there are better evergreens to pick from  if that's what you're looking for Mandy. Try looking at some of the hedging specialists online and you'll  see what a huge variety there is out there. If your heart's set on conifer Thuja plicata is better behaved and doesn't need too much trimming. I had a stretch of it at the entrance to my last house  image



  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Not only that, they do have a habit of turning brown and as a result look a mess. A conifer hedge; I definitely won't choose to plant.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    Another vote against the conifer from me. Unless it's yew. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,819

    If you want evergreeen and native what about holly?  Really good for wildlife, and it doesn't have to be prickly (although if it is it's a good intruder deterrent). image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • BrummieBenBrummieBen Posts: 459

    lol at FG, naughty? I never mentioned ugly neighbours !!! Holly, hawthorn, blackthorn, berberis, pyrocanthus, all of these really aren't that much more aggro than a conifer hedge, but you'll be rewarded with birds and lots of wildlife. Loads of insects that eat greenfly will make their home there, and don't forget stunning flower and berry displays. Birds will nest there, and also the roots won't turn the ground sour and suck the moisture and goodness from everything else.

  • fairy54fairy54 Posts: 33

    Hi all green fingers.....can anyone tell me e why my honeysuckle has gone a bit mouldy ie., fungus looking. The leaves are falling off too. Didn't gasp pen last year!

    Many thanks Jill 

  • fairy54fairy54 Posts: 33


    Oops sorry all.....the joy of predictive text, could start a new language. Didn't happen last year!!


  • Native hedge gets my vote.  Planted over 200 native hedging plants nearly 3 years ago and it is now a 'proper' hedge - included a few beech where I wanted a bit more privacy - this works perfectly.  Worth it just for the wildlife it attracts .....

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Brummie -image I know....I'm naughty too...image

    marshmello - they often turn brown because people cut too far back into them instead of taking just the new growth off. They do need maintained properly from the start. The hedges were already there when we bought the house and our ground was very wet because of the natural water supply so they thrived there- they made a good impact at the entrance but we had other hedging elsewhere and tons of wildlife areas. As I said, your site and conditions determines what you put in. Holly, pyracantha or berberis would be my choices for evergreens.

  • We had inherited leylandi hedges on left and right of garden and then kind neighbours planted one across the back making three. We removed the left one last summer which was a huge job but I feel I can breathe again with space and now have lovely fenced border which I am slowly populating with smaller plants. Would strongly advise against planting a conifer hedge of any type. Other evergreen shrubs like laurel or holly as suggested are available.

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