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We have a gi-normorous laurel hedge at the bottom of the lawn but it has been there for yonks so I cannot advise on anything! However googling 'planting a laurel hedge' gives loads of hits, some of which might help. I'm sure some of the more experienced posters will help. You say a faster growing plant could be used so what exactly do you want to achieve?
Laurel is the fastest growing evergreen shrub suitable for hedging that I can think of. Do keep on top of the pruning when it matures though, otherwise it can get out of hand (you will end up with a row of laurel trees!) The good news is that overgrown laurel can be cut back hard (to the ground if needed) and it will quickly grow back. As you are making a hedge, I'd suggest planting them about 40 to 50cm apart. Also best prune using secateurs as a normal hedge trimmer will damage the leaves which will then look a bit unsightly and may allow diseases to enter, such as leaf spot and shothole.
hi, do laurel need a lot of sun? you have given me an idea tracyshed
hi tracyshed, i had a look on another site, they ok in sun or semi shade, so good luck to both of us
Ours is in a dip in the land, bordering a stream, running north/south and gets next to no sunshine except the rising and setting sun and it has no problems flourishing!
ha ha good idea
I planted a laurel hedge along our front last December, put plenty of home made compost (from heap) and some bonemeal down the hole, picked out the tops and they have grown loads in spite of the weather, but I think they enjoyed the rain. They need regular picking out when they are young to make a nice bushy plant at the bottom.
I have them down the back edge of the garden, they have been there for 20 years, and have been kept at 4 - 5' tall, lovely evergreen, and easy to manage. the birds love to nest in there.
I would recommend them.