Hedge Planting

Dorking, Crawley, Horsham, Redhill and Reigate areas

Why plant a hedge?

Hedges form an attractive boundary, as well as providing a place for wildlife, especially nesting birds. Hedges are an attractive way to provide privacy around a house, there are also other reasons why they can be a better choice over walls and fencing.

Hedges are an attractive way to provide privacy around a house, there are also other reasons why they can be a better choice over walls and fencing.

Insects, butterflies and birds love them! Hedges give shelter to a variety of animals as well providing them with food such as berries.

Low maintenance

Also a hedge will still need regular trimming. It will be less costly compared to painting/staining a fence and won't rot or break like fencing will in time.

Wind Protection

Not only will hedges provide a wind barrier they also filter the air and calm it, whereas with a wall or fence the wind goes against it.

Disguising unattractive areas

Hedging can quickly mature to block the view of overlooking windows. It can also be used to screen off bin areas or compost bins.

Crime Prevention

Defensive planting can be a great way to deter thieves and you can get attractive thorny bushes the provide colour as well as some added security.

Environmental Benefits

Dense hedging can help reduce noise levels and absorb air pollution.


The beauty of hedging can be the attractive change of colours through the seasons. Hedging comes with a variety of coloured leaves: copper, lime, green, grey, yellows, cream and reds.

When is the best time to plant a hedge?

Autumn is the best time to plant hedge rows. The soil is nice and warm still, not inundated with water and easy to dig. Early autumn is ideal for hedging plants such as box, privet (semi-evergreen) and yew. However, they can be planted at any time from late autumn until late winter Deciduous hedges such as beech, hawthorn and hornbeam can be planted any time from leaf fall. This is typically from mid-autumn until late winter.

What is the best hedging for my garden?

There are a variety of hedging types to look at depending on your particular need or situation. We have outlined below some of the most common hedging types: Instant hedging; screening trees, pot grown hedge plants, bare root hedging, low hedging and Native hedging.


Instant Hedging

If your budget allows, instant hedging is the perfect way to create an instant impact in your garden. Instant hedging can come in pots, troughs or 1m hedging bags with handles.There are a variety of hedging plants that are available in this form such as Native mix hedging, Laurel, Beech, Box, Hornbeam and Thuja. Instant hedging is perfect for screening off your boundary, softening fence lines or for instant privacy. There are many benefits to hedging that is already established. The plants in troughs will already be spaced out for you; you can double plant to get a very dense hedge. When planted, trim across the top to give you a uniform height and an instant effect! Great for wind or sound reduction. Planting native mix hedging is great for our wildlife. Your instant hedge will add security and will act as a deterrent.


Screening Trees

If the problem that you face is lack of privacy in your garden or unsightly and imposing views then there are a few ways that you can achieve a good level of screening. Although more costly, panel-pleached trees (as shown in the photo above) can be an instant and elegant solution to this problem. They are excellent for screening up to about 3.5m high. Hornbeam and beech are popular choices. They partially loose their leaves in winter, although as they mature this lessens. Evergreen varieties that are available include Red Robin Photinia, Magnolia Grandiflora and Quercus Ilex. Another option is to mix a range of evergreen and deciduous trees which can add some interest as well as draw the eye away from the views behind. In this case a mixture of heights works well.


Hedge Plants

Hedging plants are a cheaper alternative to instant hedge troughs. They form an attractive boundary and provide privacy. When kept under control they make an effective hedge. As well as providing a boundary to your garden or softening fence panels, hedging is enviromentally friendly and perfect for nesting birds and wildlife. Conifers are a popular choice and despite the bad press when kept under control they make an effective hedge. Buxus and Taxus are often used for formal hedging. Hawthorn or Viburnum can be chosen for their colourful foliage. Aftercare Remember to keep plants well watered for dry spells over the next two years after planting. Keep the hedge on each side weed free- about 18 inches each side. Top-dress annually with a general-purpose fertiliser.


Bare Root Hedging

Bare root hedging is available from November to March. There is a wide range of bare root plants and they are significantly cheaper than the instant hedging or container grown material. The more important point to mention is that the roots must not be exposed to the sun or wind between being lifted and planted. So the roots must be kept covered until you are ready to plant.


Low Hedging

Hedging species are very useful for forming low barriers in a garden –sometimes low hedging is better than taller hedging – if the hedge length is short, if a tall hedge would take up too much width, if it would create too much shade or be too difficult to maintain. Low hedging is also very useful to separate off areas without forming structural barriers eg around a veg garden.


Native Hedging

Plants are defined as “native” if they grew here before the formation of the English Channel. The benefits of planting with native hedging species are: You can be sure they are acclimatised to UK weather conditions, and soils and have low maintenance requirements. Once established, native plants usually withstand long periods of dry weather.