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What is a Fast Growing Hedge and Why is it Popular?

What is a Fast Growing Hedge and Why is it Popular?

Do you need to put a boundary around your property? Are you trying to block out passing traffic, or do you want to cover an unsightly part of your garden? Whatever your predicament, putting a hedge in your garden instead of a fence or a wall is an excellent idea.

Hedges offer a fresh, textured, healthy and more attractive option over fences and walls and, in our opinion, they should be utilised a whole lot more often. Fast-growing hedges are incredibly popular as screening plants due to the rate in which they grow.

Popular fast-growing plants like Leylandii can grow up to 90 cm a year, and this means that you don’t have to wait long for a tall, luscious-looking hedge. Other fast-growing plants that are often used as hedging include laurel hedging, bamboo and privet; all of them will provide a quick and easy solution to your problems.

There are a number of really cool benefits when it comes to choosing fast growing hedging over artificial barriers such as fences, walls and gates. The following are just some of the most obvious:


The cost of hedges and hedge maintenance is much less than that of a fence or wall. You will save money by not repairing wall panels, painting, construction and other general maintenance that comes with your average artificial barriers. The initial cost of buying and planting a hedge is also less than what you’d have to pay if you were to put in a fence or wall.


What would you rather have on your property – a luscious, fresh looking plant or a drab slab of concrete or steel? We would like to think that most people would choose the plant option.

The simple truth of the matter is that a hedge looks so much better than a wall or a fence; it defines boundaries and hides unsightly views, and it also looks stunning. For us, that’s a win-win situation.


If you live in a complex or semi-detached housing, then a fast growing hedge can do wonders for your space. Even if you live in your own separate home, but neighbours are able to peer into your yard or windows, you can always put in a hedge to block out their view of you and yours of them.

Hedges offer privacy from other houses and overlooking paths and roads.


One of the best things about having a hedge in your garden is that it encourages wildlife to visit. The hedge will attract insects which, in turn, will attract their predators so you will likely see large numbers of birds in and around your hedging.

Low maintenance

Hedges are generally low maintenance, which is contrary to what most people think is involved in maintaining a hedge. It’s true that a new or young hedge needs pruning every now and then but it really doesn’t take long for them to adopt the shape you prune them into. Most well-established, low maintenance hedges only need pruning twice a year thereafter, and this can definitely be outsourced to professionals if you don’t fancy doing it yourself.

About The Author

Adrian Byrne, NC. NDip. Horticulture

All about hedging and trees, planting, care and maintenance advice as well as celebrating their many benefits.