Posted: 06/05/2015 at 00:20
If you need a really quick growing evergreen hedge and dont want anything special, go for laurel. Got mine from ebay, came from a grower in Scotland, so very hardy, about 2ft or so tall bare roots. Plant the 18inches to 2ft apart. You probably wont get them now until the autumn as thats the time bare root plants go in.
They need no special treatment, can easily be kept to a good shape and size, just keep nipping the tops so they thicken at the bottom. They grow in any soil, need no feeding.
Dont ever think of buying them at 6ft to save time, it doesnt work unless you are prepared to cut them in half on planting.
Of course, a nice mixed native hedging would be far better!