Are you happy to live in a house with a garden? Then you are definitely to be envied! To make your garden a true green paradise, where you can spend the warm spring and summer evenings undisturbed, you need privacy. And is there a better privacy” than the natural in this article we introduce you to a fascinating plant that grows fast and dense looks attractive does not need much care will protect your garden perfectly from prying eyes privet hedge below find many useful tips for planting proper of species hedge. hope enjoy our ideas reading>
Privet hedge as a screen in the garden – popular varieties
Above, we have already mentioned what makes the privet hedge so special. This plant has a number of characteristics that guarantee it a reserved place in many gardens in Germany. You will learn all about it below, as well as how to cultivate your privet hedge so that it looks the most beautiful. Let’s start with the origin of the plant. The genus Privet (Ligustrum) actually includes several wild plants, as a screen in the garden but especially the variety “Atrovirens” is popular. It is extremely hardy, needs little care, and stays green longer in winter, compared to wild species. Also very common is another variety – the oval-leaved privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium), which originates from Japan and impresses with an attractive appearance. Its leaves are slightly larger, grow dense and the plant grows up to 3 meters, which makes them ideal for outdoor protection. Among others you can also find the privet under the name of Beinholz, Reinweide or Zaunriegel. Read on to find out what kind of location the plant prefers, and which is the right time for planting.
Useful tips when planting – select location
When it comes to choosing location, the privet, regardless of the specific variety, is not demanding at all. Therefore, you can quietly fence around certain areas or the whole garden. The nature of the soil does not play a major role either. But since the hedge needs enough sunlight, the location should not be completely in the shade. The best time to plant the privet hedge is actually in October, but it is also in early spring, but not later than April. In the second case you should not pour the hedge too often, because it usually rains a lot during this season. In summer, the privet requires regular irrigation. The young plants for the hedge should be between 0.5 and 1 meter high. They are planted in a ditch that you should prepare in advance – ideally the width and depth should be about 40cm. To make the hedge straight, it is best to stretch a string while digging. The distance between the individual plants should be at least 30cm, so that the hedge does not become too dense in the end. In principle, no more than three shrubs per meter are set – follow this rule and do not worry!
Forming and cutting privet hedge
If the young plants are about 1 meter high and you care for it properly, they would be very quickly opaque. And when that happens you should cut and sculpt the hedge. The privet grows by a full 40cm per year, so cutting is a must. Normally, the hedge is cut two to three times a year – so your optimal growth is guaranteed. The third cut is not mandatory, and you can do without it if you wish. The privet hedge can also be easily formed, and with a little imagination and creativity, you can give them an unusual, original look. The first cut should best take place in spring, and the second – at the end of June.