How to plant laurel hedge

"Hedged" English Laurel (see below)

Prunus laurocerasus

5-6' English Laurel at our river growing fields; English Laurel hedge

English laurel an evergreen shrub/tree that is dense enough to make an excellent screen. It has shiny green leaves and can be shaped beautifully. Left unchecked it can grow up to 20' tall so it is almost always pruned on both the sides and the top. Pruning is a major issue with English laurel because it can grow so aggressively--once established it can grow up to 3' per year. But it is beautiful. Note that we also sell a "pre-pruned" English Laurel (see "Hedged" English Laurel section below).

We deliver and plant trees throughout Washington: Seattle, the "East Side", Bellingham, Vancouver (WA), east-of-the-mountains, etc. Contact us for free estimates: info@NurseryTrees.com (425) 343-2650 .

ATTRIBUTES

Foliage: Evergreen, with some discoloring of the leaves in winter.

Mature Height: 20 ft.

Mature Width: 20 ft.

Sunlight: Full sun, partial sun, shade.

Soil. Acid soil; don't like wet soil.

Growth Rate: Fast, up to 3' a year both height and width after established, depending on growing conditions.

"Instant Privacy" Use: Fast-growing, larger barrier.

"Instant Privacy" Spacing: The rule of thumb is "4-5' centers", meaning the trunks of each tree are 4 or 5' apart. So if you're trying to cover 20' and want them 4' apart, you'd need 6 trees (the first one at "0" ft. on one end, and then one every 4' after that). These trees are so fast-growing they can be planted wider apart than 4-5' if you're willing to wait..

What to Expect the First Year: As with all newly-planted trees, these need to be watered carefully through the first Spring/Summer--see our "Care of Your Trees" section for more details. Not as much growth the first year because the tree is putting its efforts into its root system. Also, laurels often react negatively to being moved—the first year after planting they will drop leaves, often turn yellow/green, and generally don’t look so great. But these are tough trees and over time they come back and look fine.

Comments: Somewhat wild look if not pruned.

4-5' English Laurel in pots ready for sale at our River Growing Fields.

4-5' English Laurel, 10 gallon pot (photo above) $135.00 (limited quantities)

7-8'English Laurel, balled & burlapped" SOLD OUT

8-10' English Laurel, balled & burlapped" SOLD OUT

10-12 ' Large English Laurel, balled & burlapped" $375.00 (very limited quantities; need machine access to plant these)

12'+ Large English Laurel, balled & burlapped" $445.00 (very limited quantities; need machine access to plant these)

Please note that our supply of trees is constantly changing; please contact us to confirm availability. (3/11/15)

Delivery & Planting Available; Free Estimates (see below)

To "Jumpstart" a project by getting us the information we need, please fill-out our Project Worksheet .

"Hedged" English Laurel at our River Growing Fields

While many people simply let their English Laurel grow naturally, usually English Laurel is "hedged". English Laurel hedges can be kept to a desired height and width by pruning each year (see "Mature Height" and "Mature Width" notes below). To help people achieve a hedge as fast as possible, each year we prune the sides of some of the English Laurel we are growing. These are our "Hedged" English Laurel. You can see this in the photo above.

Note: When "hedging" trees it is important to start pruning when the trees are small. Stated another way, if you wait to hedge the trees until they are larger, when you trim the trees you will see too much of the brown interior and main branches (see photo below). So if you want a tall hedge your choices are to start with smaller trees and prune them into a hedge as they grow, or use these "pre-hedged" trees which get you a tall hedge much quicker. No matter which way you go you will need to prune the trees each year after they are planted (see pruning notes below).

Trying to prune large trees into a hedge results in dead material and trunks being exposed.

ATTRIBUTES

Foliage: Evergreen, with some discoloring of the leaves in winter.

Mature Height: Hedged to desired height; 8' or taller .

Mature Width: Hedged to desired width; 4' minimum, wider is better.

See other "Attributes" --Soil, Sunlight, What to Expect the First Year, etc. --in main section above.

Pruning . Will need to be pruned each year--one or two main prunings and possibly one or two clean-up prunings,

depending on how much of a "finished" look you want.

"Hedged" English Laurel are approximately 3' trimmed width x 5-6' untrimmed width, with the following heights:

7-8' Pre-Pruned English Laurel, balled & burlapped" SOLD OUT

8-10' Pre-Pruned English Laurel, balled & burlapped" SOLD OUT

Please note that our supply of trees is constantly changing; please contact us to confirm availability. (1/21/15)

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’

5-6' Shipka Laurel at our nursery; healthy new growth

One of the most cold-hardy forms of laurel, Schipka Laurel has a refined appearance with dense, glossy foliage displayed with a layered effect. Its growth habit is more columnar than English Laurel and is also lower growing. Like the other varieties of Laurel we grow, Schipka Laurel produces fragrant white flowers in early summer followed by black fruits.

We deliver and plant trees throughout Washington: Seattle, the "East Side", Bellingham, Vancouver (WA), east-of-the-mountains, etc. Contact us for free estimates: info@NurseryTrees.com (425) 343-2650 .

ATTRIBUTES

Foliage: Evergreen

Mature Height: To 10-15ft.

Mature Width: To 6-10ft.

Sunlight: Full sun, partial sun .

Soil. Moist/well-drained.

Growth Rate: Moderate

"Instant Privacy" Use: Schipka Laurel makes a very attractive and elegant hedge, and may be sheared to 6’ tall and 4’ wide.

"Instant Privacy" Spacing: These shrubs can be spaced on 4 or 5' centers (meaning the trunks of each tree are 4' or 5' apart) or wider.

What to Expect the First Year: As with all newly-planted trees, these need to be watered carefully through the first Spring/Summer--see our "Care of Your Trees" section for more details. Not as much growth the first year because the tree is putting its efforts into its root system. Also, laurels often react negatively to being moved, although Schipka Laurels usually react much less than English Laurels. These might drop some leaves and generally not look as good as they will once they are established.

Comments: An adaptable, low-maintenance privacy screen. Will tolerate deep shade.

Sizes & Prices:

4-5' Schipka Laurel, "balled & burlapped" $ 95.00 (limited quantities)

6-7' Schipka Laurel, "balled & burlapped" SOLD OUT

To "Jumpstart" a project by getting us the information we need, please fill-out our Project Worksheet .

Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana'

Dwarf-Leaf English Laurel growing at our river fields (left) and larger plants at our nursery (right).

Dwarf-Leaf English laurel has many of the same attributes of the "regular" English Laurel. The one major difference is the size of the leaves--the Dwarf-Leaf Laurel has a significantly smaller leaf. We have also found that these trees are more dense and are less susceptible to dropping leaves. The "literature" will say that these trees don't get as big as the regular English Laurel, but our experience is that they are very close--there are trees in the field over 20', for instance.

We deliver and plant trees throughout Washington: Seattle, the "East Side", Bellingham, Vancouver (WA), east-of-the-mountains, etc. Contact us for free estimates: info@NurseryTrees.com (425) 343-2650 .

ATTRIBUTES

Foliage: Evergreen, with some discoloring of the leaves in winter.

Mature Height: 12-14 ft.

Mature Width: 8-10' ft.

Sunlight: Full sun, partial sun, shade.

Soil. Acid soil; don't like wet soil.

Growth Rate: Moderate-fast, up to 3' a year both height and width after established, depending on growing conditions. Not as fast as the "regular" English Laurel (above).

"Instant Privacy" Use: Fast-growing, larger barrier.

"Instant Privacy" Spacing: The rule of thumb is "4-5' centers", meaning the trunks of each tree are 4 or 5' apart. So if you're trying to cover 20' and want them 4' apart, you'd need 6 trees (the first one at "0" ft. on one end, and then one every 4' after that). These trees are so fast-growing they can be planted wider apart than 4-5' if you're willing to wait.

What to Expect the First Year: As with all newly-planted trees, these need to be watered carefully through the first Spring/Summer--see our "Care of Your Trees" section for more details. Not as much growth the first year because the tree is putting its efforts into its root system. Also, laurels often react negatively to being moved—the first year after planting they will drop leaves, often turn yellow/green, and generally don’t look so great. But these are tough trees and over time they come back and look fine.

Comments: Somewhat wild look if not pruned.

Sizes & Prices:

3-4' Dwarf-Leaf English Laurel, balled & burlapped $85.00

10'+ Dwarf-Leaf English Laurel, balled & burlapped $400.00

Source: nurserytrees.com

Category: Forex

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