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Hedge

Ask yourself this question : What do I expect from my hedge ?

  • An impenetrable hedge to hide things ?
  • A free growing hedge or decoratively cut for pleasure ?
  • A low flowering hedge to delineate a terrain ?
  • A hedgerow  "windbreak" for protection ?

We will try to find the answer :

The green screen hedge : See the advice and the list of shrubs proposed for this type of hedge .
The decorative hedge : See the advice and the list of shrubs proposed for this type of hedge .
The low hedge : See the advice and the list of shrubs proposed for this type of hedge .
The windbreak : This is a hedgerow. One sees this type of hedge mainly in rural areas.
See the advice and the list of shrubs proposed for this type of hedge .

A hedge consisting of a single species is fragile, because there is no barrier against parasites and diseases.

thuyas malades

I strongly advise against conifer hedges, thuyas, cypress... There are several reasons for this :

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  • They cannot be cut back to the main branches.
  • They form a barrier that is too compact, this generates wind turbulence.
  • They are foreign to many landscapes.
  • Their almost unvarying hue throughout the year is boring.
  • They are the object of frequent parasitic attacks which kills them.
haie vive

The hedgerows though have a number of advantages :

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  • They aid the biological balance of the hedge.
  • They support the many animals who attack garden pests.
  • Contrary to popular belief, truly green screens can be formed by using certain shrubs.
  • Purchased young these shrubs will be barely more expensive than conifers raised from intensive culture.
  • Most of the shrubs proposed grow as quickly as the thuyas and common laurels.
  • They will be easier to care for than the latter and do not need cutting into " lines " !
  • They have ornamental qualities far superior to the thuyas, cypress and other laurels.
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