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Katherine Thurston
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Hello Permies,
My husband and I are just getting settled on our first piece of land. Our first project will be a hedgerow between us and our road. I've attached a picture. We live in the Shuswap area in British Columbia. Plant hardiness zone 6. I think our soil is more on the Alkaline side (lilacs and bare hip roses grow wild). While it's not wet, it is not fantastically drained soil. I am looking for advice or lessons learned by others.
Any input on our plant selection ideas? We are thinking: lilacs, mock orange, rugosa roses, silver buffaloberry, caragana, rocky mountain juniper, hazelnut, bare hip rose.
Should we try and build our hedge on a swale? Considering there should be water from the road run-off and there's a bit of a dip, is this advisable? Thoughts?
Please feel free to shout out if you have any general advice for us, as we're just getting started!
Thanks so much,
Katherine
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David Livingston
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What do you want this hedge to do ?
Provide firewood
Food for you ?
Food for Birds ?
Hide your house from the Road ?
Shade an area ?
Keep animals out/in ? What animals ?
Look pretty with lots of flowers all the year ? just Spring or just summer or Autumn ?

All of these considerations will effect what plants you choose .

David
 
Katherine Thurston
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Good questions!
There are 4 main purposes of the hedge.
1)Privacy as it is a semi-busy road. Purchasing property on a main road was a big compromise for me.
2)Food/shelter for birds/pollinators.
3)Look pretty in as many seasons as possible, the two main windows of our house look out onto this area and I'd rather look at nice plants than the road.
4)I'd like to plant some food for us as well.

I should mention, we are planning on planting a veggie garden to the west (left in the picture) of this hedge row, so I am thinking we keep the hedgerows to a hight of about 8-10 feet, so as not to cast too much shade.

Katherine
 
Steven Fordahl
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Another consideration is are there setback requirements for the road right of way? And are your plantings going to encroach into the right of way when mature? Our neighbor just had many mature trees cut out by the county road crew for this reason.
 
Morfydd St. Clair
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If your veggie garden is right next to it, will you want to think about thorny plants to keep deer out?
 
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