Posted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:33 am Post subject: Hedging that won't offend neighbours
This is my first post so a big hello to everyone.
We have just bought a new detached house in the country on an half an acre site. The site is bordering neighbours on each side. There is wooden posting separating the sites. We plan to have kids soon and would like to secure the site a bit more all around to stop the little critters from wandering out and stop the bigger critters from wandering in!
We don't want to infringe on our new neighbours by having a hedge grow over there side of the boundry so we are wondering what our best options are? Can a sreen be put up to stop the hedge growing over the other side or would that prevent the hedge from growing???
All help and advice would ber greatly appreciated.
Yes definitely talk to the neighbours. I decimated a whitethorn ditch so I could pour a foundation for a wall once, holy smokes the fireworks we had !! But it wasn't worth the aggro. All best of friends now the ditch has grown back and I'm flat out trying to get something to grow up the cursed wall
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Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:33 pm Post subject: Re: Hedging that won't offend neighbours
A screen could be put up to prevent encroachment, however this has two main downsides.
1. Your screening plant will not have access to light on the side of the solid screen, thus reducing its growth rate.
2. If the solid screen is ever removed your neighbours will be looking at leafless stems due to long-term lack of light. Some plants will resprout leaves from this situation, others won't.
Your situation sounds like a screen of pyracantha would suit.
This is a great fence shrub, ideal for growing length-ways along your boundary.
It's thorny so should have no problem keeping the bigger critters from wandering in, for the little critters from wandering out you can supplement it with a run of chicken wire along the base as you will have to do with most living barriers.
Have a look at pyracantha here......
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