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Privacy Hedges

For most people the best privacy hedges are those that grow very fast, but keep in mind that most fast growing privacy trees grow very large. So, the best privacy hedge for you may be something that reaches a more reasonable size.

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What You Need To Know About Privacy Hedges

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What are the Fastest Growing Privacy Hedges?

With growth rates from 3 to 5 feet per year the fastest growing privacy hedges are Thuja Green Giant, Leyland Cypress, Cryptomeria Radicans, and Wax Myrtle. Carolina Sapphire Cypress, Nellie Stevens Holly, Oakland Holly, and Wavy Leaf Ligustrum offer fast privacy with 2 to 3 feet of upward growth per year.

How to Plant Hedges for Privacy

Once you have chosen the best privacy hedge for you, you will need to determine how many plants you need and how far to plant them apart. Mapping the planting area with stakes at either end and a string in-between can help with measurement and proper placement of your privacy trees or shrubs. Dig holes for each plant and start planting! Read more on Privacy Trees and Hedges!

How to Prune Privacy Hedges

After your privacy plants have become well established (1 to 2 years) you can start to prune them into a hedge if desired. Shape them by shearing the tops and sides, leaving them wider at the base. If you aren’t looking for a perfect hedge shape or a certain height, most privacy trees do not need to be pruned to achieve the desired effect.

How to Get the Fastest Privacy Hedge?

For the fastest privacy hedge, use a staggered landscape plan. Plant 2 rows of privacy shrubs with the front row being staggered between the gaps of the back row. This allows the individual plants to have room to grow while providing quick privacy.

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Privacy Hedges By Mature Size

small privacy hedges

Small (6 to 10 feet)

medium privacy hedges

Medium (10 to 20 feet)

large privacy hedges

Large (Over 20 feet)