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Hedge shrubs must be planted in same manner as any other shrub, with soil preparation all-important to continued life of plant. The main consideration here is spacing and planning of plants in relationship to each other.
One way to get a straight hedge is to dig a trench length of your intended hedge, with one side straight and your plants set against this straight wall. The depth of plant depends on what you are planting, but privet may be set 3 inches deeper than it was before being transplanted.
How far apart hedge shrubs are set again depends on what shrub it is, as some hedging materials are spreading and bushy. Privet is usually set 1 foot apart; barberry, 9 inches to 1 foot; larger shrubs, 2 to 4 feet.
The way hedges are trimmed has much to do with their health. While a flat top is neat looking, it is easily damaged by snow and ice accumulating on top. A rounded top is better, therefore, for northern winters. And hedges should be trimmed to slop outward from top to bottom so that leaves on bottom also get sun.
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