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Q.Hello, Do I Have To Leave A Gap Between Fence And Hedge

Zone London | Anonymous added on September 18, 2022 | Answered

I am looking to plant a yew hedge, in flower beds,on both sides of my garden – I will buy them in root form approx 45-60cm (no container or ball) . I know I need to dig the holes approx 30 CMs deep and plant 3-4 in one meter. Can I just plant as close possible against wooden fence panels – idea is to completely cover them or will they try and find gaps to grow through the panels (will be using a cane and string)? I certainly don’t want that as I will have an angry neighbour!!! Now some guidelines suggest the distance between fence panels and centre of my plant should be about 45CMs. What is the point I will not be able to squeeze through to trim? I am presuming the only part I trim once-twice a year is the top of hedge, the ends and the sides not/not facing fence panel right? Thanks for reading and welcome any advice. Raman PS I’ve attached a pic which should hopefully help explain my questions.

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Answered on September 30, 2022

I wouldn't plant them as close as you can to the fence, but planting in the center of your planter should be just fine. These articles will help you with the care of Boxwoods:


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