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I have decided rather than replace a fence ruined by gales to plant a native hedge.  I live in west coast of scotland.  Any advice greatly appreciated!


  • Hi - Mrs Spratt...                                                                                                           If you have neighbours who have gardens they could perhaps let their hedge grow a bit longer than usual to let you then take cuttings.

    It all depends on how close you are to the Sea, as to how long it would take your Hedge to take root if you are a fair way from the sea, then their should be no problem

    But if you are close to the Sea, its better to get cuttings from one of your Neighbours, because these cutting will be well used to the salt in your soil witch should diminish as the years go buy, but that said if its cuttings you are using then its better to use a spade and to force your spade into the soil to the depth of the spit of your spade, whilst waggling your spade put your cutting in then give it plenty of welly this should force out any trapped air.

    Now once you get your cutting in if this is what your using it may take your cuttings three good years before they get established in-to your soil, they will grow but it will be slow growth.

    If you getting your Private, or Hawthorn, from a Gardening Centre they should give you a little advice on how to bring your young plants on, as in feeding instructions take all advice offered.

    Their are several ways to lay out your hedge, before planting it for quick results you could put in two rows of Private, but stagger the plants like one and one and where the and is above you put one of your cuttings in the other row should have a plant at each one of the one's above here and you need at least two half feet between the two Row's for best results.

    If you have any problems understanding whats above maybe the best way i could explain it to you would be to send you an E-Mail...

    All the very best of luck top you...

    And the laying of your Hedge.

    High - Ruchill

  • Hi Mrs Spratt. A native hedge is  a good idea. If you are not sure what is going to do well in your part of the world I would suggest you look around at your neighbours hedgeing (assuming they have some) and also around the local area to see what "does well" where you live. I would then choose a few varieties and mix them up as you plant in a double staggered row. If you are not growing your own then probably the best way to buy these is to find a nursery that will provide you with bare root plants. They can then be dug to order and is more than likely the cheapest option. Hope that helps for now. Good luck.

  • I agree with the others, you first need to see what your local hedgerows are made up of but hawthorn and blackthorn are pretty tough (and you may well get your own crop of sloes and get to make sloe gin!)  Do a web search for specialist native hedge growers as these sell whips (the young plant) at very reasonable prices if you're buying in numbers, also they'll be able to give you all the advice you need on planting and care.
    I found this site, that has lists of hedging plants that can be grown in costal areas if you want ideas;

  • Hi All

    Thanks for taking taking the time to help! 

    I have been browsing the hedge growers websites, and I have decided on a mix of blackthorn, hawthorn, hazel, dogwood and crab apple.  Also thinking on getting a few wild cherry.  Its been a lovely day here and I have been outside all day preparing for my new hedge.  So glad I am doing this now and know all the hard work will be worth it!!

  • burhinusburhinus Posts: 58

    As others have said look to see what is gropwing in the area. Someone mentioen Privet, I dont think this is native.

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