Hedgerows provide numerous benefits to a wild homestead but where do you start? And how do you make a true hedgerow as opposed to just a row of manicured shrubs?
This week’s blog post – 5 Steps to Start a Hedgerow on Your Wild Homestead
– dives into 5 steps that you can follow to get your hedgerow going.
Here are the 5 steps covered in this post:
1. Determine the main purpose of your hedgerow.
2. Decide where you want to plant your hedgerow.
3. Decide how wide and tall it will be.
4. Set up basic planting rows.
5. Pick your plants.
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Picking Out Your Plants – Some Wild Tips
After planting over 400 feet of hedgerows I’ve learned a lot about picking plants for them. One of the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to pick plants that have similar growth rates.
When I first started planting hedgerows I focused more on the size of the plant at maturity. I forgot to pay attention to the growth rates of the plants.
This resulted in some of the shrubs and trees
racing up towards the sky while a couple slower ones stayed small—despite these slow ones having a similar height at maturity.
I’ve had to keep pruning back the fast growing shrubs and trees in order to keep the slower growing ones from being overwhelmed. Finally, they slowpokes are catching up and holding their own but I spent way too much time creating space for them.
Since this hedgerow was meant for privacy and keeping deer
out I needed to avoid any gaps in it. This was why the slowpokes were so problematic. Even if the branches of nearby shrubs touched there would still be a gap at the bottom—especially during the winter months.
So when your planning your own hedgerow don’t forget to keep in mind the growth rate of the plants your picking. You might want to skip
Another wild tip that I want to share is to pick plants for your hedgerow that can handle some shade but do fine with sun too. This way lower branches of your shrubs won’t die from the shade cast by the taller branches.
If you want a thick and dense hedgerow this is very important.
And don’t forget to check out the blog post
—it covers all the other steps to start a hedgerow and provides 10 different tips for picking your plants including the 2 I shared here.
Have You Started a Hedgerow?
So have you started your own hedgerow? What purpose would a hedgerow serve on your wild homestead? And if you already have one let me know why you planted it.
Leave a comment here and please check out the blog post too and leave a comment over there.
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And finally if you do have hedgerows on your own land
please post a picture here. I would love to see what your hedgerow looks like! 😊