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Use Hedging to Create A Private and Attractive Driveway

More than one homeowner will relate horror stories about the wayward driver who tore up the garden with misguided driving manoeuvres. This is why hedges have become popular with many a lawn, lining driveways and creating clear paths for every vehicle. Hedges are good looking, require minimal care, and create a visually appealing definition within the garden. From aromatic flowering hedges to native hedging plants, there is an array of options that work well for the driveway.

Hedges Do Their Duty

Hedges provide a range of advantages well beyond privacy and clearly defined driveway or garden lines. They help reduce pollution, slow erosion, soak up rains to avoid flooding, and contribute to wildlife. When you choose native plants, you choose to improve the ecosystem and reduce the risk of introducing invasive species. Surely, choosing a hedge over a fence creates a better environment as well as creating a more inviting front garden. Hedges create an organic, natural feel that is warm and inviting, whereas fences send a clear, “keep out” message. Adding hedges to a front garden brings more benefits than any other form of driveway border.

Personal Taste and Planting Plans

Of course, the first consideration is your taste. What do you want in your front garden, and what already exists there? If the driveway is long, the expense will be higher. If the hedges will do double duty for privacy, their placement becomes strategic. Find a hedge that stands high enough to define the driveway, but also combines harmoniously with the rest of the front garden. Evergreen hedges are quite popular for the driveway, as they work all year round to define borders. Hedges such as cherry laurel, privet, yew or leylandii are terrific choices. Consider the planting time, as well. If you need to plant hedges right away, you’ll want to consider a bare root plant, which is ready for immediate transport and planting. 

Safety First

Don’t forget about safety when lining a driveway with hedges. Consider the fact that oncoming traffic must be clearly visible at the end of the driveway. Find out how tall your selected hedges will grow, then test the height. If an object placed at the end of the driveway does not obstruct the road, the hedges will work well. Otherwise, consider shorter hedges, or do not extend the hedge to the end of the driveway. Stop at the pavement, giving a car leaving the driveway a few inches to view oncoming traffic. This will keep you safe as well, as you leave the driveway on a daily basis. Shorter hedges work better for driveways for safety reasons, but if taller hedges are your preference, just make sure entrance to the roadway is possible in a safe manner.

Hedges are wonderful additions to every garden, and they work hard as driveway barriers. Remember to cater to your personal preferences as well as serving the natural ecosystem of your front garden. Cultivate the right hedges and you’ll build the perfect front garden environment.

Written by Jackie Edwards who is a researcher, editor and writer. Jackie began her career in horticulture and landscape gardening and spent many years helping couples and families achieve their plans to create gardens they could live and work with.

Thank you Jackie for another amazing and informative piece!

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