Hedges from Gurney's
Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co. has proudly been one of the US's leading seed and nursery companies since 1886. Our team of horticultural experts routinely explore and test plant varieties that will appeal to long-time gardening enthusiasts and beginners alike. Gurney's horticulturists plant a variety of hedges here on our farm and study them to ensure the hedges we sell are as high-yielding, disease-resistant, and as easy and quick to plant as possible. Our hedge plants for sale are fast-growing and known for successful flowering.
Learn more about hedges and proper care below.
Choosing the Right Hedges
To choose the right hedges for sale that best fit your preferences, you'll first need to know about the different subtypes.
Flowering hedges offer any garden or yard vibrant color when they bloom in spring and summer. From lovely lilacs to dramatic dogwoods, these plants add personality wherever planted. Use flowering hedges to spruce up an otherwise bland area, or simply to add more beauty in your garden.
Winter can feel a bit drab after the color and vitality plants bring us throughout the rest of the year fades. Planting winter hedges, however, can keep some life around your yard or garden all year. Evergreen hedges ensure you'll always have visual interest and vegetation to fill out your space.
Flowers aren't the only way to attract pollinators. Certain hedges are highly appealing to butterflies, birds, bees, and other insects. If attracting pollinators is a goal of yours, consider planting lilac hedges, cherry trees, or snowball hedges, just to name a few.
It's a big disappoint to plant and tend to your garden only to have deer eat away at it. Keep your garden safe and flourishing by planting deer-resistant hedges. Deer are rarely interested in evergreen and deciduous hedges, so if you're concerned about them snacking on your hard work, add these plants that are almost guaranteed to remain undisturbed by deer.
Wind can be a nuisance when you're relaxing in your backyard. It can also damage delicate plants and escalate your utility bills. Combat this by planting windbreaker hedges. These larger, denser plants help to block and redirect wind.
A privacy hedge is ideal to plant around the perimeter of your property or anywhere you want a screen. This plant provides visual privacy from neighbors and passersby, as well as a sound barrier. These types of plants also prevent people and wildlife from coming onto your property.
Hedges: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase
To help your hedges flourish, there are a few things to know about their care.
Getting Started With Hedges
Once you know which type of hedges you want, look for a variety appropriate to your climate if you live in an area with more extreme weather conditions. Those further north will want to look for cold-hardy hedges, and those in hotter, dryer conditions will want to find plants that can tolerate heat and possible drought.
When to Plant Hedges
Hedges grow best when planted in cooler months, so opt to plant them in the fall. The cooler air and soil temperatures will reduce the amount of stress put on the plant, allowing roots to take better hold and become stronger. In southern areas, you may even want to wait until winter. Pick a time that is cool but far from freezing.
How to Plant Hedges
- Prep the soil. If your soil is poor, mix in compost to add nutrients to the soil and help with water retention and drainage.
- Measure your hedges. Check the maximum width your variety of hedge grows to and find a location where you have the space to fit the number of plants you have. Mark the width with flags or another material so you know things have been properly spaced.
- Dig a trench. Make sure your trench is 12 inches deep and roughly 20 inches wide.
- Plant your hedge. With your plant where you want it, fill in the hole with your soil. Gently cover the roots with soil, careful not to pat it down so tightly that the roots can't get air.
- Water, mulch, and fertilize. Water well after planting, and surround the base of the plant with one or two inches of mulch to protect the roots and retain water. Fertilize the hedges with a slow-release fertilizer to help them take off.
When to Trim Hedges
It's best to trim hedges when they're dormant, which is fall to early spring. It's critical to not prune these plants when the weather is too cold or too hot. Prune them before freezing temperatures hit, and be sure not to prune during hot, dry weather. To avoid leaf burn, choose a cool, overcast day.
How to Trim Hedges
You can trim your hedges with electric or hand-held pruners. Just be sure whatever tool you use is sharp to avoid unnecessary stress to the plant. Eyeball the size and shape you want your hedge to be, and take your time in trimming off the tips. To help sunlight reach the base of your plant, cut the top portion a little shorter than the bottom.