Plant Native Hedges to Encourage Wildlife

Plant Native Hedges to Encourage Wildlife

It’s important to plant native hedges to encourage wildlife in your garden and create a biodiverse space to welcome wildlife to enjoy. Hedging not only looks beautiful but has many other purposes in a garden, from performing as a pollution barrier to boundary privacy, and, most importantly, a perfect habitat for wildlife. 

Why Plant Native Hedges

Native hedging provides so much interest for a garden with year-round colours, structure, and homes, food, and resting places for wildlife. From varying foliage to colourful berries, beautiful flowers, and wildlife, including birds, bees, butterflies, other insects, and small mammals. Your garden will become a haven for wildlife and improve everything all around. The rewards are endless.

How to Plant Native Hedge

Prepare the ground well, removing large stones and digging in organic garden matter. The best time to plant is from April to October, unless the soil is waterlogged or frozen, so the roots have time to get established before the summer heat. If you are planting container-grown plants, make sure they are planted at the same depth as they are in the container with enough space around the root ball to backfill and allow roots to grow easily. 

What to Choose When You Plant Native Hedges

If you have the space to plant a hedging mix, you can achieve all-year interest. From more mature specimens to young saplings, there are different stages of growth that you can purchase to grow in your garden.

Nature hedging is usually a mix of trees and shrubs that grow quickly but are happy to be trimmed. Depending on what native trees are applicable for your country, speak to us for advice for the best plants for our area


These native trees are excellent choices:

  • Carpinus betula (hornbeam)
  • Taxus canadensis (Canada yew)
  • Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn)

Many shrubs can be combined to make hedging with wildlife in mind, such as Viburnum and Prunus.

Our staff in the store would be happy to help you decide on the appropriate hedging for your garden with tips to plant and care for them, so you have a thriving wildlife garden into the future. With a range to choose from, please come in store to meet us and pick your native hedging. 

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