Benefits of a Hedge

by | Jul 3, 2019 | Uncategorized

What are the benefits of a hedge, and why plant a hedge when a fence will give you a quicker screen?  There is a variety of reasons for planting a hedge and with your instant hedge you can get an instant hedge that can be as tall as a fence. 

A hedge is a green alternative to fencing, absorbing carbon dioxide as it grows and they can be a lot easier to maintain as well, not needing preservatives to be applied yearly to keep it looking smart.  But this is just the tip of the iceberg on the benefits of a hedge.  Depending on the variety of hedge you can get various levels of sound proofing as well as filtering out dust particles and along side busy roads helping to cut down on local traffic pollution.  The larger leaved plants such as Common Laurel (Prunus Rotundifolia) or Photinia Red Robin are really good for this. 

Photinia Red Robin
Photinia Red Robin Instant Hedge

A hedge will also slow wind speed across an area by allowing some air to pass though it unlike a fence that forces all of the air up and over it which can cause damaging turbulence on the other side.

While this is all good it is only when you start to look at the amount of beneficial wildlife that a hedge can support that its main benefits are seen.  In research done by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust it has been found that a mature field hedge can support up to 1500 different invertebrate species and 130 different types of wild flower.  While a garden hedge will probably not support this number of different species it will still act as a home to a large number of insects, birds and small mammals, that are beneficial to a domestic garden, as well as acting as a corridor for smaller mammals and birds to move along safely.

mixed Native hedge
Mixed Native Hedging Mix 1; Hawthorn, Field Maple, Hazel

While to get the maximum diversity of wildlife possible, you would need a Mixed Native Hedge, any hedge would provide a habitat for more wildlife than a fence.  If it is possible to allow the hedge to flower and then fruit it was be much more appealing for wildlife and if grown this way it will need trimming in the very late summer or in the winter months when everything is dormant.