How To Use Hedges In LandscapingWritten by Paul Curran
A hedge that is well kept and attractive can do much for your grounds. Used in front of house and on sides of your lot, hedges are a barrier against traffic, noise and all things unsightly; at same time they enhance proportions and general appearance of your house and lawns. And within boundaries of your property, hedges define paths and walks, demarcate various areas, and help to screen service areas and vegetable gardens.
The plant materials generally used for hedges are mentioned elsewhere in this book. They include tall background hedges of holly, thorn or wattle; informal flowering hedges of rose, bridal wreath spirea or barberry; Such evergreens as mugho pine, globe arbor vitae, box or eunonymus (most of which are used as low edgings) and colorful fruit and-nut hedges of thorn apple, hazlenut, cherry, beach plum, cranberry and quince.
And, of course, there are formal clipped hedges. Of these, Amur privet is by far most widely used. In fact, privet is used so universally that it is original to choose any of above for hedging.
How to Plant Hedges
How To Plant Rose Bushes In Landscaping Your GardenWritten by Paul Curran
For planting roses a good garden loam with organic matter is important. It must contain peat moss, leaf mold, compost, rotted or commercial manure, and bed should be prepared as far ahead of planting as is feasible in order to allow for settling of soil.
Fall is best time for setting out roses, but you can plant in spring. When they arrive from nursery, plant at once. If they have dried en route, soak roots and put tops in a bucket of water before planting. Trim back any roots that are weak, long or broken at this time. Dig a hole that is wide enough to allow roots to spread without crowding.
The rose is properly placed when bud (the point where top joins roots) is just under ground surface. Space hybrid teas about 18 inches apart in any direction. Prune branches 6 to 10 inches from soil.
To grow good roses it is necessary to cultivate, to prune and to spray. If you have a well-cultivated bed you need not worry about watering. But if you start to water in hot weather, you must keep it up, soaking roots thoroughly about once a week.