I looked around the area to see what plants were used in established hedges and decided that I really liked the foliage of the Lily Pily (Eugenia Ventenatti) which can grows to be a dense but soft looking hedge.. The foliage is small and glossy green which features red leaves with any new growth. The site has great draining soil so I knew that there would be no issues in that department. A few things to consider when selecting the setting out of your plants. Firstly, some nurseries and plant stores sell trees and / or shrubs by PB. This relates to the size of the root ball and soil of the plant which relates the height and maturity of the plant. While other stores use liter measures on the pots for their plants- which can make it hard to compare prices.
Atheistically speaking plants tend to look better grouped in uneven numbers. I had two lengths of the fence line to plant and worked out that we required 14 plants, 5 in one area and 9 in the other. Unfortunately I had not considered the location of the fence posts in the garden= which had extra concrete underground therefore changing our requirement of plants from 14 to 17.
What you will need;
1. New Plants
4. Bucket or hose
So once you have your materials and tools you can get to work.
1. Firstly clear all the existing plants from the area
2. Spread compost over the area then work well into the soil
3. Set the plants out in their location to be planted then step back and make sure you are happy with the spacing. Remember to take into consideration how large the plant can grow and allow for this.
4. Once you are happy dig the holes for the plants- loosen from the pot/plastic and place plant into hole.
5. After all trees/plants are in, give them a good water- this will help establish a good root system as well as encouraging the roots to grow down.
Once its all done you can enjoy watching your hedge grow. I get great satisfaction opening the front door to the repetition of the plants along our fence line. Before long they will grow and make a good looking hedge. Much better than the miss matched plants that did line the path.