Would you like to enclose your back yard so that you can enjoy your coffee on the patio without your neighbor’s security camera spotting your pajamas? Maybe you want to screen out your view of the neighbor’s yard art collection? Is your house buffeted by wind that you want to block? A hedge may be in order.Hedges have been used for eons to define property lines. Traditionally used to keep animals in, they now are valued for their abilities to enclose a space, screen a view, and even lower utility costs by shading or providing a windbreak.When considering a hedge, keep your site conditions and space limitations in mind. Be realistic — if the side yard is only 10 feet wide, do not even consider plants that grow wider than that. Determine how much sun and shade you have. Finally, look for overhead and underground utilities before planting.Make great plant choices When planted with room for their mature size, plants make lovely hedges that won’t require heroic pruning.Consider planting a mixture of plants rather than just one type. This can give you multiple seasons of interest (like some plants that bloom in winter, while others bloom in the summer) and can provide a mixture of habitat and food sources for wildlife, such as birds and pollinators.Most importantly, be patient. Decisions made for short-term benefits may result in long-term pain. When privacy or an undesirable view needs to disappear, we want it today, not five years from now. We choose plants that grow quickly, then space them close together.Consider Leyland cypress, a plant that grows 3 to 4 feet per year and that can reach 50 feet in height and 30 feet in width. These trees need at least 15 feet from the center of one tree to the center of the next. Since this does not give the immediate infill and screening that we want, our tendency is to plant them 4 to 5 feet apart, in straight lines.Yes, we will quickly have a solid screen, but in a short period thereafter the plants will begin to thin and die back because the plants are shading each other or because disease issues are worsened due to close plant spacing.It is especially easy to make this mistake when starting with a small plant in a 3-gallon container from the store. Always choose the number of plants and their spacing based on mature growth expectations and patiently wait for that healthy hedge to establish.Planting and installationLocate your property line and honor it. Space your hedge at a distance from the property line that allows for the mature growth of the plants you choose. Avoid planting directly on the property line, as the mature plant will grow into your neighbor’s space.Arrange in groupings of three to five of one type next to three to five of another, alternating by type of plant. If one plant develops a problem, it is not likely that it will take out the entire hedge.Install your plants at the proper depth so that the root flare from the trunk is at the normal soil surface. Planting too deeply is a leading cause of plant death. Dig your planting hole at least twice as wide as the initial root ball.Take care to provide at least 1 inch of water each week for the first year. Apply water slowly and at a low rate, such as with a soaker hose or drip irrigation, allowing it to soak into the soil.Ready to plant a hedge and need some suggestions? Here are a few of our favorites:Glossy abelia (Abelia x grandiflora) has a 3- to 6-foot height and width and requires full sun to part shade. Given space and left alone rather than sheared, this rounded shrub will make a great hedge, reaching 8 feet. Its summer flowers are lovely.Camellia (Camellia sasanqua) has a 14-foot height, 8- to 12-foot width and requires full sun with afternoon shade. It’s slow growing but offers fantastic blooms in winter to early spring, depending on the cultivar. Protection from winter winds is recommended.Oak Leaf™ holly (Ilex x ‘Conaf’) has a 15- to 20-foot height, 8-foot width and requires full sun to part shade. Oak Leaf™ holly shows conical growth when young, but matures into a more upright, pyramidal form.Emily Bruner holly (Ilex x ‘Emily Bruner’) has a 15- to 20-foot height, 8-foot width and requires full sun to part shade. ‘James Swan’ is the male pollinator which will be required if the beautiful red berries are desired.Inkberry (Ilex glabra) has a 6- to 8-foot height and width and requires full sun to part shade. The nondescript flowers on this native are a favorite of bees and other pollinators and birds like the black fruits later in the year.American holly (Ilex opaca) has a 15- to 30-foot height, 10- to 20-foot width and requires full sun to part shade. Winter wind may cause a problem with these hollies. ‘Merry Christmas’ is a popular cultivar for fruit-set. You will need a male plant to have berries on the females.‘Grey Owl’ juniper (Juniperus virginiana) 5- to 6-foot height, 4- to 6-foot width and requires full sun. It’s a drought-resistant cultivar of the native Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Redcedar) that has silver to gray foliage.Fragrant tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans) 10- to 20-foot height, 10- to 14-foot width and requires full to part sun. A lovely, simple evergreen with an oval-type shape, it has a fantastic fragrance from tiny white flowers in spring and fall.Japanese cleyera (Ternstroemia gymnanthera), also sold as Cleyera japonica, has a 10- to 15-foot height, 8- to 10-foot width and requires full sun to part shade. It will overgrow the sidewalk when used as a foundation plant but makes a nice hedge. It tends to be a little lumpy in its overall appearance.Sweet viburnum (Viburnum odoratissimum) has up to a 20-foot height and width and requires full sun to part shade. It makes a great informal hedge, and the flowers will attract butterflies and other pollinators.Leatherleaf viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum) has a 10- to 15-foot height and width and requires full sun to partial shade. Its late-spring blooms attract butterflies, and berries will provide winter food to birds.For more information on which plants may be best suited to your site and needs, please check out University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin 625, “Landscape Plants for Georgia,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.
Facebook Twitter Google+ At the Crown Lacrosse Classic in Charlotte, North Carolina, No. 4 Syracuse (7-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) opened conference play with an 18-8 win over No. 18 Virginia Tech (7-2, 1-1) to extend its winning streak to six. Coming into the game, the Hokies were on a six-game winning streak of their own.Heading into Sunday’s match, SU head coach Gary Gait was wary of the potential issues VT’s No. 1-ranked scoring defense could pose for the Orange offense. “They have a pressure player when the ball’s up top, (who) just follows the ball, with three players just behind that zone up behind the pressure,” Gait said. “It’s very unique.” Early on, it appeared Virginia Tech’s pressure defense was working, with the Hokies constantly fouling to stymie Syracuse attacks. The first seven minutes featured more yellow cards (three) than goals (two). But after two goals in under a minute from midfielders Vanessa Costantino and Sierra Cockerille, cracks began to show in the Hokies defense that has allowed just six goals per game this season. To that point, Emily Hawryschuk, who entered the day tied with the Hokies’ Paige Petty at 35 atop the NCAA goal-scoring chart, had been kept quiet. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAn Asa Goldstock save led to a Syracuse fast break, with the ball eventually finding Hawryschuk, who dished to Megan Carney on the doorstep to extend the Orange’s lead to three. Minutes later, Virginia Tech’s high-pressure strategy backfired, as Mary Clare McCarthy was shown a red card for a hit to Hawryschuk’s neck and Hokie fans booed the referee’s decision. Hawryschuk responded with two quick goals, as Syracuse began to display its typical offensive potency. The Orange ended the half on a 5-1 run, with seven different players scoring in the half. Hawyrschuk added three assists in that span.The second half was more of the same for Syracuse, as its No. 4 ranked scoring defense kept Petty and the Hokie offense quiet, forcing 17 turnovers and scooping up 24 ground balls, compared to the Hokie defense’s eight. Meanwhile, Hawryschuk’s fourth of the game with just under 10 minutes left gave the Orange a 10-goal advantage — beginning a running clock. Hawryschuk and Meaghan Tyrrell both finished with four goals, while Carney also recorded a hat-trick. And with seven points on the day, Hawryschuk moved into sixth all-time in the Orange’s scoring charts. Syracuse will look to extend its winning streak to seven on Thursday, as it travels to Charlottesville and faces Virginia as conference play continues. Comments Published on March 8, 2020 at 4:37 pm Contact Alex: [email protected] | @alexhamer8