I am often asked 'Which one would you pick, if it was yours?' And firstly it isn't mine and what I need for a hedge in deepest Caragh, living in a corner house on the lane where everyone and their mother could see straight into my bedroom window if I didn't have a hedge that was over 6ft tall and you could never in a million years see through it. So needless to say I chose something that would work for my needs, Laurel along the front of the garden but a softer and lovely Yew hedge up along the driveway that I could be a lot more patient with but has now caught up with the Laurel (I thought we'd never get there)
If I had the patience (and no privacy issues) I would have loved a Beech hedge but that was never going to work for me but it is so beautiful. So the questions is what do you need the hedge to do? Do you need privacy? Is it just a border, something that marks the perimeter of your property but doesn't take up space or block light? do you have to adhere to planning requirements with the hedge & plant something native, a lovely idea, very reasonably priced but can be problematic when it comes to hedgecutting. Whatever it is you need to ask these questions ?
- what do I need the hedge to do?
- What height do I want to buy the hedge at?
- what height would I like it to eventually get to?
- what is my budget?
Lovely Yew Hedge
When you have the answers to these questions then you can look at what will work within these constraints, if you want privacy but have very little space then maybe Yew hedging or Bay hedging might be good options. If you are restricted by budget then Beech is usually the cheapest option and looks beautiful, if you don't mind being patient for it but whatever your requirements then do feel free to pick our brains for the best option for you and we will do everything we can to assist you with your choices and what will work best. We canb sometimes give you options that you might not have though of too, like giving you a smaller hedge height but adding a well placed tree or offering you some of our more mature hedging options that are sometimes much cheaper than you'd expect. Seasonal hedging can make great flowering options and Holly hedge, Photinia Red Robin & Portuguse Laurel all add colour to the garden. Bare-root plants can work for the decidious varities and do keep costs down but are only available until the end of March.