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Fast growing

All of the plants listed below are classed as 'fast growing', meaning that they can grow in excess of two foot per year. We have a range of containerised options below that can be planted any time of the year, provided that they are watered during establishment. For more options please see our bare-root page.

Ideas for quick growing hedges

So you want a fast growing hedge! That is very often the major requirement of most of our customers. The obvious and most widely publicised fast growing hedge is Leylandii. It has received a bad press in recent years, when lack of maintenance has resulted in some huge growth actually denying light to a next door neighbour. Although legislation has been passed to deal with this issue, in practise it is hardly ever used.

In fact, Leylandii is not hard to control. It does require a good clipping two or three times during the summer months. It will then remain under control resulting in a dense, hardy, evergreen hedge. There is also the Golden Leylandii ‘Castlewellan’ to consider, a slower growing hedge, but more colourful.

Probably the fastest growing ‘native’ hedge in cultivation today is Laurel. English Laurel needs lots of water in its first season, post planting, but will reward you with lush green new growth that will soon reach top gear. The other evergreen Laurel is ‘Portuguese’, a lighter smaller type of leaf and much darker in colour. Of course one of the fast growing plants that can be planted is Privet, the most easy of plants to establish and maintain. When supplied bareroot it is one of the most cost effective too.

The importance of preparing the soil before planting your new hedge

On the subject of fast growing, it must be remembered that no hedge will thrive after planting unless the soil has been properly prepared beforehand. Compaction is the worst and most common problem, causing anaerobic conditions. Plants need to find oxygen in the soil to enable them to grow. A well filled light & friable soil will aid hedge establishment as well as ensure adequate drainage. Fast growing hedges will become slow growing hedges if the water cannot drain away!

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