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Almost every owner of a plot of land dreams and wants his property to be the most beautiful, original, and comfortable. And any property needs a fence. Now on sale you can find many different options for fences — wooden, metal, concrete, etc. However, the owner’s individuality is best emphasized by a live fence.

The hedge creates on a site the unique atmosphere, a cosiness, mood. Here you can turn around with might and main, realize your fantasies, create yourself a unique corner to your liking.

Such a hedge can also please if you create it from evergreens. This is already a decorative art.

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A fence is a fence created from various green spaces. A living fence in the country, dense enough, the desired height, width, beauty can be grown in two to three years. He does not need any painting or repair, it is enough to trim a couple of times a season. And the fence is cheaper than a metal or concrete fence.

Living fencing is good because there is where to turn around, to create what the soul desires, you can combine plants with, for example, wooden, metal, brick and other structures. The fence can be created either very dense or more openwork.

Photos of a living fence, which can be created on your site, are presented in our article.

Creating a fence from a hedge is a fascinating, useful, interesting activity. Such a natural natural fence will last for many years with proper care. It is pleasant to relax next to him, breathe easily, the mood improves.

Hedge — types

Living fence differs in height, composition of plants. He can:

  • free to grow or be sheared;
  • be located in one row, several rows;
  • consist of one type of plant or of different ones;
  • be solid or translucent, etc.

A high fence — usually above 2.5 meters, is located along the outer border of the site.

Medium — from 1 m to 2, divides the site into different zones, is also used along its outer border.

Border — a fence up to 1 m high for different areas on the site: flower beds, lawns, paths, playgrounds.

Fences vary in shape:

  • growing naturally and formed. Growing as in nature — do not require any special adjustment, grow naturally;
  • formed — need regular pruning; plants are given a certain geometric shape.

Levels and rows of hedges


  • in one row
  • in two rows
  • in three rows

They are planted as monoplants, also monochrome.

Fence in one row — plants are planted in a row with one interval (small bushes — 30-40 cm; medium, with a spreading crown — 50-75 cm; trees — from one and a half meters); it all depends on the type and size of the plants.

Two-, three-row are arranged in a checkerboard pattern, taking into account how much this or that plant will grow.

It must be observed: each next level must be higher than the previous one. With this planting scheme, plants receive more light, air, develop freely, and get sick less.

Principles of selection of plants for the fence

  • light-loving or shade-tolerant
  • moisture-loving or drought-resistant
  • compatibility with each other
  • the outer row performs security functions
  • internal — decorative or useful (you can also plant berries)
  • fast growing or slow growing
  • sprawling or pyramidal

living fence designs

A natural living fence in the country — plants grow in rows, closing in a continuous strip of the fence.

climbing hedges

They need a wooden or chain-link frame, you can also use steel wire stretched between the posts.

Climbing plants are allowed to run along a wire or a net — excellent screens are obtained. Suitable: herbaceous or tree-like perennial vines (such as kampsis, hops, honeysuckle-capricole, lemongrass, climbing rose, actinidia-colomikta, ivy, wisteria, clematis, calistegia, Amur grapes).

Screens from climbing annuals can be installed every season in different places on the site, for example, it is possible to decorate them with a living fence that is just starting to grow. Suitable: dolichos, tunbergia, nasturtium, morning glory, ornamental pumpkin, sweet pea, kobeya, echinocystis.

A place for a hedge must be carefully chosen, given the degree of growth of vines.

conifer hedges

When planting conifers, it must be taken into account that they grow slowly; it will take several years to create such a hedge.

Spruce, arborvitae, junipers, yew, various cypress trees, mountain pine are perfect for her. Thuja — the most unpretentious of conifers, loves a haircut, easily tolerates a transplant. Of the firs, Siberian, prickly, gray-gray, eastern are suitable.

It is better to plant coniferous young growth in September. The soil should be sufficiently moist and loose, at a distance of at least a meter, and if the fence is two-, three-row, then there should be at least 80 cm between the seedlings.

Cossack juniper (varieties with needles of different colors) forms impenetrable thickets. Virginia — grows quickly, ordinary — for a long time, but can live in the garden for more than 200 years. Resistant to severe frosts, Chinese or scaly junipers branch well.

Yew in the Russian climate is best planted in places protected from the north wind; it is unpretentious, perfect for borders, tolerates pruning well.

The conifers do not bloom, but you can always beat the color with golden, silver, bluish, light and dark green needles.

Deciduous trees and shrubs

Deciduous are deciduous and evergreen, used to create hedges of different heights.

Tall (more often trees: linden, maple, hornbeam, poplar tolerate pruning well, resistant to the adverse effects of automobile exhaust, dust, etc.). Great for background hedges.

Sredneroslye — this is such a living fence made of shrubs (willow, wild rose, hawthorn, barberry, holly mahonia, privet, cotoneaster chokeberry, red and black elderberry, tree hydrangea, spirea, viburnum, brilliant cotoneaster, lilac, forsythia, Japanese quince, and also — boxwood).

Boxwood — evergreen, tolerates a haircut. For the winter, it is better to cover it with agrospan or sprinkle it with snow to protect the foliage from winter sunburn.

Border plants for the fence: boxwood barberry, boxwood, Forchun’s euonymus, caragana, shiny honeysuckle, golden currant, heather, low or steppe almonds, shrub and daurian cinquefoil, dyeing gorse, alpine currant. These shrubs can become the second or third tier in a hedge.

Plants for the border must meet several conditions:

  • limited growth
  • crown density
  • unpretentiousness
  • good haircut tolerance
  • decorative

Borders of undersized shrubs can successfully frame paths in the garden, lawn, playground, and other areas of the site.

Delicious and healthy fence

A living fence of edible berries is best arranged inside a summer cottage. If they are planted outside, it is unlikely that the owners will get the fruits. Suitable: wild rose, viburnum, barberry, chokeberry, felt cherry. And beautiful, and tasty, and healing.

Choosing plants for the fence

  • plants must be adapted and take root well in a given climatic zone
  • shade or light-loving (depending on where they are planted)
  • shear tolerance or loose fit
  • conifers saturate the air with useful phytoncides
  • you can alternate conifers with deciduous
  • laying an evergreen hedge is best done in April
  • plants can serve not only as a hedge, but also as a source of healthy and tasty berries.

Living fence in the country — what to do first?

First of all, it is important to determine the boundaries of the site and the zone inside, to think about whether living fences will be permanent or temporary and, most importantly, what they will cover or delimit.

Then it will become clear — for which zone, for what purpose certain plants will be needed, where they will need a haircut, and where they can grow freely.

What plants to choose?

It is best to purchase those that are adapted to given climatic conditions.

Undersized and curb can be successfully grown from cuttings; the rest are best purchased young, not older than 6 years. The roots of plants should be fresh, not dry, healthy, and the crown should be comprehensively developed.

How to make a living fence

  • we determine the support for the hedge of climbing plants
  • we mark the trenches for planting the desired width (taking into account the number of rows in the hedge)
  • we prepare holes for seedlings, if there are several rows — in a checkerboard pattern
  • don’t forget to drain
  • observe the proportions of the distance between plants
  • as mulch, you can use pebbles of different colors and decorative sand — they will protect tender young plants from drying out of the soil and, moreover, they look very beautiful

Soil and green hedge care

Watering should be moderate, but not excessive — an excess of moisture should not be allowed, as well as drying out of the soil.

Timely top dressing, mulching, regular loosening will ensure the hedges are in excellent condition, the plants will be beautiful and healthy.

The optimal planting dates are the middle and second half of September, so that the plants have time to take root well before winter.

Pruning is carried out regularly — in early spring, in the middle of summer, in the middle of autumn.

It is possible to build a hedge only if there is a willingness to constantly monitor the condition of the plants, regularly and on time to water, feed, cut.

In general, making a live fence is easy, inexpensive. However, you need to carefully consider whether there is enough time, strength and desire to maintain the hedge in the right condition so that it pleases the eye and faithfully serves as a beautiful and durable fence.

Photo of a living fence


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Post published: 15.10

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