Hedgerow - Care of cherry laurel + privet

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Cherry laurel is ideal as a visual screen. In addition, this has many advantages. He grows very quickly and reaches a decent height so soon. In addition, cherry laurel grows very dense and is evergreen. Cherry laurel is also ideal as a garden divider, for example for summer flowers, vegetable beds or herb gardens.
The natural demarcation is not only practical, it also looks very beautiful.
But not only the garden friend appreciates the advantages of a cherry laurel hedge. Numerous species of birds use the dense foliage of the hedge plant as a breeding ground. Since a hedge also has to be blended every now and then, you should take good care here, if there is not one or the other bird's nest in the dense branches.
In addition to the birds, other small animals use the hedge as a shelter. For example frogs, hedgehogs and shrews.
Growing and cutting cherry laurel
Cherry laurel grows quite fast and above all abundant. Therefore, it is advisable to cut the plant in the spring, before the first new shoots begin with the budding. Here it is sufficient if you use a normal secateurs. With an electric hedge trimmer you would cause too much damage to the hedge plant. As for the pouring of the cherry laurel, it is sufficient to water it now and then. Make sure, however, that no waterlogging forms, otherwise it quickly comes to fungal diseases that can put the plant bad.
As far as the hardiness of the winter is concerned, it is advisable to protect the plant accordingly by covering it against excessive frosts.
Privet as a hedge plant
Privet is ideal as a hedge plant. Privet is opaque and evergreen, which gives you a beautiful sight all year round. The Pfla
With good care it can reach a height of about two to three meters. As for the ground, Privet is rather undemanding. The plant prefers a half schady to sunny spot, where it turns to bloom during the summer months. The hedge plant captivates with white flowers, which exude a strong scent. As soon as the flowers have faded, small black berries form on the panicles, which, however, are by no means suitable for consumption.

Cut the privet correctly
In the privet, it is similar to the cherry laurel, the pruning should be done with care to the birds. This means for you - when breeding season prevails, cutting the hedge is prohibited. In July, you can start directly with the summer cut of the hedge, because then the breeding season is over.
Since privet grows slowly, unlike the cherry laurel, it is sufficient to cut the hedge twice a year. But if you want an accurate and above all straight-row hedge, you should start with the hedge trimmer monthly. The latter also applies to freshly planted hedges, because this is how you achieve that the hedge grows denser. If the hedge has grown close enough, you can dare to the vertical section.
In short, with cherry laurel and privet you have made a good choice in terms of hedge planting, which you can enjoy with good care for many years.

Further information
Privet is a popular because undemanding, very cut compatible hedge plant. Particularly robust is the common privet (L. vulgare), of which we recommend the variety 'Atrovirens'. This variety has a deep green foliage that sticks to the shrub almost all winter (semi-evergreen).
The oval-leaved privet (L.ovalifolium) remains wintergreen in winter-mild areas (sensitive to frost). The cut should be done twice a year (June-July and February-March). The increase: 30-40 cm per year.

Wanted poster cherry laurel
The cherry laurel is suitable for evergreen hedges, like no other plant. The dark green leaves have an attractive shine. In order not to injure the leaves when cutting, the cherry laurel should never be cut with a hedge trimmer. Better is the individual shortening with a rose or pruning shears. One cut per year is sufficient. Do not cut in the second half of the summer, otherwise the new flowers will be removed.

Other hedge plants are: tree of life, cypress and hornbeam.

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