Hedges and Raised Beds
Hi everyone. I'm a total novice and was hoping that some of you more experienced gardeners could help me out.
We recently had a new neighbour move in who has turned out to be quite a nasty piece of work. They have thankfully put up a 6ft fence between us but it's only a single row with gaps rather than the double staggered type and this means that it's not as safe or as private as I'd like. Since moving in three months ago they have been charged with threatening behaviour towards us and with allowing their dogs to almost tear apart our other neighbours dog. We have a toddler and haven't been using our back garden at all because of this as we don't feel that she's safe.
What I'd like to do is, rather than put up yet another whopping great fence, plant something that looks more natural and not so harsh.
I'd firstly like to plant in raised beds to give us some sort or immediate barrier along the bottom of the fence line and also giving a bit of distance and security between our little one and the dogs. This will also allow me to get a bit of a head start with the height of the hedging.
I completely understand that this isn't going to be an immediate fix and that any hedging will take a few years to cultivate and 'bush out' enough to create a reasonable screen and that's ok although I would quite like something reasonably quick growing.
So, what would be the best kind of hedging to use? I've looked at good old leylandii and think there's just too many potential problems. Yew looked appealing until I remembered about the berries. So it has to be quite quick growing, evergreen create a thick(ish) screen and be child and pet friendly.
Thank you for sticking with my ramble, and for any advice.
Sorry, I should also have asked - depending on the recommended hedging plant - what the ideal size of the raised beds should be.See original post