When you want to create more privacy and screening in your garden, you plant some hedge plants.  These will form a living fence that will absorb noise and provide you with some relief from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

There are many types of hedge plants to choose from, so you can find the perfect one to suit your needs. If you want a fast-growing hedge, then consider planting Leylandii cypress trees. These evergreen trees can grow up to 3 feet per year, so they’ll soon create a dense screen. However, they do require regular pruning to keep them in check.

For a more traditional hedge, try planting beech or yew trees. They’ll take longer to grow than Leylandii, but they’re much easier to maintain and shape.

Whichever type of hedge you choose, make sure you plant it at the correct time of year. For most hedges, the best time to plant is in the autumn, as this gives them a chance to get established before the winter sets in.

When you’re planting your hedge, dig a hole that’s twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Mix in some well-rotted manure or compost to help the roots get established, then water the plant well. Once it’s in the ground, give it a good soak with a watering can or hosepipe, making sure the water penetrates down to the roots.

After you’ve planted your hedge, you need to give it some time to grow. Be patient and don’t be tempted to trim it too soon – wait until it’s reached its desired height before you start shaping it. When you do start pruning, cut back the side shoots to encourage the plant to grow upwards rather than outwards.