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Bushes and hedges are the perfect solution if you need privacy. For example, if you have a neighbor that you like but your houses are too close, adding a line of bushes or hedges creates a simple barrier that gives you a little bit of privacy. If you have a sidewalk in front of your house with a lot of foot traffic, by adding bushes or hedges, you instantly have additional privacy. Even if you do not need added privacy, bushes or hedges can create a great appearance to your yard.

The important thing to remember when shopping around for bushes or hedges is that they come in many different types, each with their own characteristics. You first need to determine if you want a formal or informal hedge. With the formal option, you will find the plants are repetitious and will need to be pruned on a regular basis to keep their appearance uniform. An informal hedge is one that is comprised of plants of different types and sizes. To create interest, you can add some beautiful flowering varieties into the mix.

Another consideration has to do with location. Before you shop for bushes or hedges, determine if they will be planted in the shade or sun. Additionally, consider the soil in which the hedge will be planted. This is important so you choose the right type of bushes or hedges for the location and soil type. After all, you want something that will be durable and provide you with years of enjoyment. If you plant to place the hedge near the street, you will need to check with your local city hall to ensure there are no city ordinances against it.

The size of the bushes or hedges will vary depending on the plant�s age. Obviously, a more mature plant will be larger than one that is young. Therefore, if you shop around, make sure you find out the level of maturity in that you could otherwise buy a small plant only to get it home and in a couple of months have a plant much too large or vice versa.

To plant your bushes or hedges, be sure they are planted somewhat close together, more than you would with other types of plants. As the plants grow and mature, they will fill in the small spaces, thus creating the hedge. Just be sure they are not too close so as they grow, they begin overcrowding each other. If you do find that they eventually grow too close, you can have them removed and replanted, but that is quite a chore. Your best bet is to talk to the professional where you buy your bushes or hedges and determine the appropriate spacing for the particular species that you buy.

You also want to consider the growth rate, which is especially important if choosing an informal hedge that would be made from a variety of plants that may not grow at the same rate. If you choose options with different growing rates, you can always plant tall ornamental grass or perennials to fill in the spaces until the hedges fill in. At that point, the grass and perennial can be moved to another location.

Depending on the type of bushes or hedges you choose, some lose their leaves in the winter when they remain dormant. If you do not want to mess with the leaves or needles, you can choose an evergreen, which does not lose leaves and remains gorgeous all year. The following are just a few examples of plants that you might consider:
    Mock orange, sweet olive, and lilac are great choices that are the ultimate for fragrance

    Colorado and Norway blue spruce are excellent choices for creating a wind break

    Privet and Boxwood are nice in that they look formal but to accomplish this, they must be pruned on a regular basis. However, the result is worth it.
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