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Space Availability and Plant Selection for a New Hedge

It is important to plan the layout of a screen or hedge before installation. Once trees or shrubs are planted and begin growing, it can be difficult to make changes. Factors to consider include the available space on the property; whether it will be a formal or informal design; the need for deciduous or evergreen plants; the aesthetics of plant texture; and, in areas prone to wildfire, the need for defensible space. One of the biggest design mistakes made is planting species that are too large for the designated area.

Photo credit: Charles Brun, WSU Horticulture Specialist, emeritus

Photo credit: Charles Brun, WSU Horticulture Specialist, emeritus

The WSU publication Selecting Plants for Screens and Hedges EM089E  can help with the many questions regarding planning, design and plant selection of a new hedge

Submitted by: Paula Dinius, May 11, 2016

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