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There are two main varieties of laurel hedge plants to use in your garden

  • Common laurel: In my opinion, common laurel hedge (Cherry Laurel hedge) is better to use as it grows much faster and makes a much thicker hedge.
  • Portuguese Laurel: The Portuguese laurel has a much smaller leaf and grows quite slowly. Probably around 9 inches to 1 ft per year. Best suited to urban gardens.

In the first year, your laurel hedging will be settling into its new environment so it will not put on a lot of growth. Realistically laurel hedging height is between 6 inches to one ft can be expected in year 1 but anywhere between 1ft and 3ft can be expected from year 2.

Your new laurel hedge plants should be checked at regular intervals to make sure it has not loosened in the ground with the and elements etc. If they are making a collar at the base of the plant just walk them in with your foot to tighten them in the soil. It is very important to keep weeds and grass away from the base of the plant as they would be competing for food and water and light etc.

This can be done in a number of ways; probably the best and safest way is to put tram around the base of the hedge immediately after planting and cover it with wood chip or stone chip. Chemical or manual methods can also be used. Both organic and artificial manures can be used to feed your laurel hedge.

Normally a laurel hedge will not need pruning in year one. After that you can prune the sides to keep it to the width you desire till it reaches the height you want it to finish at. Normally twice per year is enough to clip the sides and top of your Laurel. Laurel will also tolerate a hard pruning if let get out of hand.

Yes, laurel is very suitable for planting along beside roads as they are very tolerant of dust and dirt and water splash associated with roadside plantings. Laurel is also very good to kill noise pollution.

Yes, laurel hedging is evergreen and keeps it leaves green all year round.

Yes, laurel hedging has a white Flower.

Yes, laurel hedging will tolerate partial and full shade.

Laurel hedging will tolerate most types of soil but will struggle with water logged conditions. See our page on Planting Laurel for detailed soil information.

Laurel hedging is completely frost hardy and will also tolerate a certain amount of wind exposure. Read more information here

Laurel is both good to birds, animals and insects as its evergreen it can provide good shelter all year round for nesting for birds and animals. The white flower on laurel hedging is also very good for insects.

Laurel hedging can reach between 3-4 metres high and 2-3 metres wide

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