Cherry Laurel Hedge

Cherry Laurel Hedge

The cherry laurel hedge is a common evergreen shrub plant used for bordering purposes in many gardens. Some species can grow up to 45 feet in height and 25 feet in width and other species are much smaller. Its thick and dense green foliage make it a perfect candidate for hedging purposes. Frequent trimming is required to keep them tidy and clean especially for those fast-growing species. Apart from pruning, they do not need too much maintenance during the growth.

Before planting any cherry laurel plants in your garden, the first thing you need to do is to pick up a place where the soil has well-drained capabilities. You can plant the in full sun or partial shade areas. Some mulching is needed to keep the soil warm and preserve the moisture in early spring days. You should avoid over-watering your plants otherwise the soggy soil will make the roots rot quickly. The waterCherry Laurel Hedgeing should be frequent during the first several weeks since planting. You should gradually decrease the times of watering when they fully grown up. The ideal fertilizing season for them is in autumn before they enter the dormant period. You can apply some balanced general purpose fertilizer to provide some extra nutrients for them.

The best season for the pruning work is in winter or early spring when the plants are in their dormant period. The branches which need to be pruned are totally dependent on your needs. For shrub shapes, you should trim the branches. For tree shapes, you should trim off the branches around the main stem to make it a tree later. Of course, the dead or old branches and foliage should be trimmed off as well.

Image provided by Anne Burgess [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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