Do you need hedges removed and trees planted in Edinburgh?
Leylandii Hedging is a common sight in many gardens in the UK- Its cheap, it grows quickly (up to 15 meters in 16 years) and it is evergreen. This means it provides very effective screening and privacy all year round. However, it is not without its draw backs. Leylandii when not properly maintained can grow taller than your house and encroach on your neighbour’s property! Another issue is when not properly maintained you are also limited with how aggressively you can cut it- go too far and you ‘brown’ the hedge i.e., send it into shock preventing regrowth in that area. Many leylandii’s we have removed have been due neglect, disputes with neighbours and/or the council!
Before and after photos of the leylandii hedging being removed and yew samplings being planted.
So, our client decided to remove the young leylandii hedge which was previously in place
and instead replant with yew hedging as well as smarten up the edging and the borders.
Yew hedging much the same as leylandii is evergreen and can grow to a large size, so it
functions well as all year-round screening. Unlike leylandii it can tolerate hard pruning and is slower growing averaging between 20cm-40cm per year. Yew is also very low maintenance requiring only one cut per year however with regular maintenance can also be grown into intricate shapes. Yew is one of the longest living trees in the UK with the oldest specimen located in Scotland which is estimated to be 1,500-3,000 years old.
We started first began with digging out the old hedging and turning over the soil. We then mixed through new rich organic matter and compost with the newly turned over bed mixing well to provide the ideal conditions for planting. We then started on the garden edging we had just shy of 5 meters of aircraft grade aluminium edging to go it provides extremely durable border edging and due to the flexible nature of the metal it can be manipulated and easily shaped to form smooth and classic lines. Easily installed we cut out the new border and simply joined together the edging giving the bed a definitive border with the lawn. Then our lead gardener decided on the placement and spacing between the yew shrubs- once he was happy the yew shrubs started to go in. Once in their holes the soil was packed in hard around it to keep the roots healthy. We finished off with a dash of water to help the new hedging take route in its new home.
If you have a garden that needs transformed in the Edinburgh area please call JDS Gardening at 0131 664 2143 or click here for an online garden hedging quote.