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