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How to Plant a Hedge - Laurel

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Laurel hedges are great. They grow fast and are easy to maintain. If you've recently moved to a brand new house and are looking to add privacy to your yard, consider planting a living hedge.

We needed a perimeter hedge when we built a cottage several years ago. Luckily, we were able to have a full grown hedge, all for the cost of one container of rooting hormone.

Here's how we did it. NOTE: These instructions work for any kind of hedge, hardwood and softwoods.

how to plant a hedge laurel

We found a neighbour who happily let us trim their laurel hedge. We took away all the clippings and saved the ones we needed to start our own hedge.

how to plant a hedge laurel

We chose the healthiest trimmings from the hedge and then made our cuts.

After dipping the cuttings into rooting hormone, we placed them in a nursery bed for the year.

We had trimmed the original hedge in Spring and went on to transplant our growing cuttings the following Spring.

how to plant a hedge laurel

Here is a cutting just after transplanting into our new hedge row. You can see all the new growth.

Come over to Country Living in a Cariboo Valley to find out more about planting distances, watering and the low maintenance needed to get this hedge established.

Want to learn how to prune those shrubs and trees in your yard?

how to plant a hedge laurel is the same hedge 7 years later! The people who now live in our old house are not trimming it.

And I really wanted to get out of my car and trim this for them! Laurel hedges can be kept as low or high as you want.

Within 2 years of planting, this hedge was well established, thick and full.

Try starting your own hedge! It is amazing how much money you can save. The only cost for this hedge was about $10 for the rooting hormone!

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  • Jackie
    on Jun 1, 2019

    Nice job. What do you mean you placed them in a nursery bed. Is that the picture of the white cloth in the photo? Thanks.

    on Jun 2, 2019

    Hi are they normally available in nursery’s already potted and transplant ready ?

    • Susan
      on Jun 4, 2019

      Of course you can purchase them. By doing your own cuttings, only time is involved, no money.

  • Quindaelin
    on Jun 3, 2019

    What planting zone are you in? I'd like to put a hedgerow in but need something that will do well in zone 5A

    • Annie
      on Jun 3, 2019

      You can just ask Google for a list of shrubs that grow well in your zone. That would be your best bet.

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