Good hedges can be a real asset to any homeowner or land-owner. Before planting a hedge we need to know the location, land topography and drainage and the purpose it will be put-to. Different tree/hedge types are more suited to exposed or sheltered locations, also wet or dry ground. Arborists from Arborist-Direct Aberdeen have the experience and training to provide expert advice on hedge type selection, when and how to plant and have environmental knowledge of likely local wildlife impacts.
Most hedges are initially utilised as a mechanism to delineate boundaries for land ownership or garden separation: They are used instead of walls or fences, but sometimes utilised in a combination with these ‘hard’ boundary limits, either to hide an unsightly wall or where the addition of a fence gives a more robust limitation to cattle or public thoroughfares. Current and future access is another key consideration: Hedge type selection must take into account what maintenance services will be required and how they will be executed; there is no point planting a hedge that cannot be adequately maintained
Well selected hedges can provide shelter from winds, deadening from local noise sources, adding to a feeling of calm around our houses and property. Hedges can be attractive and provide natural habitat for birds and other wildlife: A hedge can act as a sanctuary for song-birds, keeping them out of the direct reach of domestic cats.
Common types of hedges in Aberdeen City, Deeside and Donside include: beech, privet, hawthorn, laurel and leylandii (Cupressus) – there being many varieties of each type. Some hedges are more suited to large properties, some grow faster than others, some are easier to manage, some are more attractive, some are difficult to manage. Good advice is key to obtaining the ideal hedge desired.