Privacy Hedge Pros:
A privacy hedge can really add some elegance to your yard, and soften your landscape as an alternative to a solid vinyl or wood privacy fence. Here in Southwest Florida you have many options to choose from which will stay dense and green year round. There are some nice benefits that go along with a growing privacy fence. They can help to reduce noise, pollution as well as adding shade. Since a hedge fence grows over time, you can start out with smaller plants saving considerable money over a traditional vinyl fence option. When you are trying to decide which plant is best for your yard, make sure to ask lots of questions. Ask about the size, up keep, trimming, watering and more. You probably should drive around your area and look at the plants growing in your area. This will give you some real insight into the plant and will help you visualize it growing in your yard. With a simply trimming plan you can decide how tall and how thick you want your fence to be. Hedges are a great way to give you the privacy you want without making you feel walled in or in an enclosure when you are out enjoying your yard.
Privacy Hedge Cons:
A privacy hedge fencing needs care from initial planting all the way to maturity….and beyond. As with all plants, preparing the soil is key to helping the plants get a good start. When you first plant your hedges, you will need to make sure they have plenty of water and fertilizer. Just like any other plant, you should watch the condition for signs of stress or disease. Make sure that if you notice dead leaves or other signs of damage that there are not insects present. If so you’ll want to have them controlled to reduce future damage. When deciding where to purchase your hedges, be wary of online cheap plants. Many times they are not the size promoted online and the shipping can cause stress that can lead to the plants dying. Even though privacy hedges do not need permits, there could be issue with your home owners association, or local laws that determine the set back off the property line. As always a little research can help to avoid headaches down the road. The best way to maintain the size of your hedge is consistent trimming instead of severe pruning once the hedges are out of control.
If you think a privacy hedge is not for you….then read this article about a privacy fence and why that might be your better option.