HEDGES THAT CAN TAKE
Seemingly, many home gardeners fail to appreciate the
value and proper use of pruning shears, plant food,
and mulches in the care of hedges. It doesn't take a
lot of time or effort to grow beautiful hedges, and
hedge plants are not especially exacting in their requirements,
but a few conditions must be met.
SELECT THE RIGHT PLANTS
Whether for a border, screen, or fence, selection of
suitable plants is important. Several factors must be
considered, such as size, shape, and foliage habits
of mature plants and their requirements for the best
growth. Too, they must be plants that will blend harmoniously
with other plantings and the general landscape. Your
local nurseryman can be of valuable assistance in plant
Plant in an ample trench in soil enriched with complete
plant food (also humus in tight soil) under the planting
depth. Use 1 pound of Fertilizer for each 25 feet of
hedge row. Water the plant immediately after planting
... soak the soil so it will be close around the roots.
After planting, most plants should be
pruned to within 6 to 12 inches from the ground. Clip
the plant back in the early summer and give it a chance
to branch out and grow stems and foliage close to the
ground. Don't fail to mulch the first year . . . mulching
is hedge, insurances.
PRUNING FOR BEAUTY AND SHAPE
The most common mistake in pruning is not cutting the
plant back far enough or cutting too narrow at the base.
This is especially true in young growing plants. This
condition becomes worse as the top grows and shades
the lower portions. Cutting back is the only solution.
FEED FOR GROWTH AND BEAUTY
Too often hedges are expected to grow in poor soil and
subsoil clay dug up during house construction. Many
hedges are close to or underneath trees ... their feeding
roots take the plant food before hedge plants have a
chance to feed. All hedges should be fed at least once
a year, preferably in the early spring. Use 1 pound
of Fertilizer per 25 feet of row, scattering along both
sides and working into the soil.
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