Hedge Plant Spacing

This is understandably one question that we get asked a lot. How far apart should we space the plants? Customers are often confused by different companies recommending different plant spacing or quantities of plants per metre. 

When it comes to planting a hedge, one of the most important considerations is spacing. The spacing of your plants can have a significant impact on the overall look of your hedge, as well as how quickly it fills in and how much maintenance it requires. But with so many different recommendations out there, it can be hard to know what the right spacing is for your specific situation.

General Guidance for Hedge Plant Spacing

The spacing of your hedge plants will depend on a few key factors. One of the most important factors is how quickly you want your hedge to fill in. The further apart you space your plants, the longer it will take for them to grow together and form a solid hedge. However, planting too close together can also have its drawbacks. Overcrowding can cause the plants to compete for resources, leading to stunted growth and an unhealthy hedge.

Our Recommendations

At Hedging UK, we offer recommended spacing guidelines for all of the hedge plants we sell. Our guidelines are based on planting at a density that will allow the plants to start touching after one full growing season. However, we understand that every situation is different. If you’re unsure about the right spacing for your hedge, we’re always happy to provide personalised recommendations based on your specific requirements.

Other Factors To Consider When Spacing Hedge Plants

In addition to our recommended spacing guidelines, there are a few other aspects to consider when planting your hedge. One important factor is the size of the plants you’re starting with. If you’re planting young plants, you may need to space them closer together to achieve a good initial planting density. However, if you’re starting with larger, bushier plants, you may be able to space them further apart and still achieve a solid hedge.

The ultimate height of the hedge or screen

Another consideration is the ultimate height of your hedge. If you’re planting a tall hedge, you’ll need to give the plants enough room to grow into. This may mean spacing them further apart than you would for a shorter hedge. On the other hand, if you’re planting a lower hedge, you may be able to use more plants without causing distress to the plants.

Ultimately, the right spacing for your hedge will depend on a variety of elements. By considering your specific situation, as well as our recommended guidelines, you can make an informed decision that will help you achieve the perfect hedge for your needs. At Hedging UK, we’re here to help you every step of the way, from selecting the right hedge plants to spacing them correctly and providing ongoing support and advice.