Question: hedge advice
I would like an advice on an evergreen hedge very resistant to wind and winter cold (often 2-3 ° C) to place in a location at 900 meters above sea level. Looking on the internet I noticed the eleagnus and the griselinia but I don't know if they resist. Can you recommend some suitable species?
Thank you very much
Answer: hedge advice
given that it indicates 2-3 ° C in winter, I think you do not live in an area of northern Italy; therefore, even if your hedge is placed in a place about 900 meters above sea level, it will not have to withstand intense snow and frost for prolonged periods. For this reason, there are several perfect shrubs for the area in which you live, also because in general most of the hedge plants bear the wind without problems, and in fact it is precisely against this phenomenon that many hedges are planted, as well as obviously for conceal the garden from prying eyes or from protecting noisy streets. The most widespread hedges are made up of boxwoods, ligustri, fotinie and laurocerase: robust plants, with a nice resistant foliage, which once well rooted tend to be satisfied with the weather. In addition to these, also the griselinia, which you saw on the internet, is an excellent hedge plant, it also survives in areas with a brackish climate; the other, very beautiful plant (there are many varieties, even with a variegated leaf), resistant and vigorous; even the helium does not fear frost, wind, cold, heat. You can also think of pyracantha or cotoneaster, which in winter have beautiful colored berries. Or the ilex, a plant with small, minute leaves, or the lonicera nitida, of which there is also a variety with very light leaves, decorative even in winter. Once you have chosen the plants (it is not necessary to prepare a hedge with all identical plants, you can also make a hedge move, using plants of different species or varieties), prepare a deep hole, where you will work the soil well, adding little manure, and light and well-draining universal soil; after about a week you can plant the plants, generally at a distance between 50 and 75 cm (it depends on the plants you choose, and on the development stage); the best time to plant a hedge is autumn, when the plants are about to go into vegetative rest; if, on the other hand, you choose to plant them in the spring, avoid touching the earthen bread around the roots excessively. Position them at the same depth as they were in the vase, compact the earth around the stem with the feet, and water; subsequent watering will be done when the soil is dry, avoiding stagnant water. After a few years your hedge will become autonomous, and the plants will have to be watered only after long periods of drought; at the end of winter, however, provide a slow release fertilizer, and if necessary proceed with periodic pruning.