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Boxwood & Boxwood Substitutes Compare
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Green Mountain
Green Mountain Boxwood (Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’) is an extremely popular boxwood. It has great cold tolerance and is one of the most naturally resistant to Boxwood Blight. It is deer and rabbit resistant and grows well in full sun to shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 4-9.
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Schmidt
Schmidt Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens ‘Schmidt’) is a lesser-known boxwood variety but has a desirable tall and narrow growth habit making it great for hedging. It is deer resistant and grows in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in USDA Zones 5-8.
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Box Honeysuckle
Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) is lovely hedge in its own right but also makes a great boxwood substitute for areas with Boxwood Blight. The foliage is evergreen and very similar to boxwood. It is deer resistant, takes full sun to full shade, and grows in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Hick's Yew
Hicks Yew (Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’) is the best hedge for deep shade locations, although it also thrives in full sun. This is a naturally narrow plant, so it is good for small spaces. It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits. Hicks Yew is hardy to USDA Zones 5-8.
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Little Simon
Little Simon Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Little Simon’) is a dwarf selection of Emerald Green that only reaches 3-4’ tall. It is a great boxwood substitute for colder regions and blight-susceptible areas. It grows best in full sun and is hardy in USDA Zones 3-8.
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Teton Firethorn
Teton Firethorn (Pyracantha ‘Teton’) is an evergreen hedge that boasts billows of white flowers in spring, followed by bright orange fruits that feed birds through winter. Sharp thorns keep deer away. It grows well in full sun to shade and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9.
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Sizes
Our hedges come in multiple, convenient sizes. Learn about which hedge size option will work best for your project, from our 18-24” tall MiniHedge to our 5-6’ tall InstantHedge. See detailed dimensions for all of our different hedge sizes, including root balls.
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Containers
You have multiple options for the kind of container in which your InstantHedge is shipped. Learn about our standard Biodegradable Cardboard Boxes, as well as the fabric bag and cedar box options. This page will lead you to the best choice for your project.
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Installation
InstantHedge is a unique product and the planting process is very unlike installing a traditional hedge. This page takes you step by step through the easy process of how to plant an InstantHedge. No doubt about it, it’s the fastest way to plant a hedge.
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About Us
Learn about our company’s past and present, and all about how we introduced this revolutionary product to the US market. You can also get a peek at our farm and meet our team of hedge experts who make all the hedge magic happen!
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Distributors
Find out where you can purchase our hedges in your area, whether you are a retail or wholesale buyer. We have exclusive wholesale distributors in some states, and this is where you can connect with them.
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Projects
See real-life examples of our hedges being used in projects all over the country. These photos are provided by our customers and can be used as inspiration for a wide range of uses, from commercial to residential. You can find customer reviews here as well.
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FAQ
Got questions? Of course you do! And chances are, many others have had the same questions. We know that with an unusual product like our hedges there are always many questions. We answer some common questions here on this FAQ page, so it’s a great place to start.
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PLANTING HEDGES

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PLANTING HEDGES

How to Plant Hedges – A Step by Step Guide

There are many different ways of planting hedges, but one of the biggest benefits of InstantHedge is how easy it is to plant. It truly is breathtakingly fast, with amazing, instant results. There are just a few easy steps to planting a stunning finished hedge at lightning speed:

  • Measure: Choose the endpoints of your hedge. Pound a stake at each end. It might be helpful to use spray paint or marking flags to keep the trench-digging on the right track.

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  • Trench: Dig a trench that is 12″ deep and at least 18 inches wide (wider will be even easier for getting the hedges in place). If you are planting a shorter hedge and your soil is not very rocky, digging by hand is simple and a good workout! If you are planting a very long hedge and/or your soil is hard with lots of rocks and roots, you may want to rent a mini excavator or trencher.

  • Soil Prep: If native soil is poor, incorporating compost or bark mulch will help with both water retention and drainage and will add nutrients to the soil.

  • Plant: The hedges are delivered pre-spaced in their boxes. All you need to do is set them in the trench, end to end. Make sure to place them as close together as possible for perfect spacing – you can even cut the ends off the boxes for a super snug fit.

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  • Backfill: Once the InstantHedge has been placed and everything looks straight, backfill with your native soil. Gently tamp around the edges, but not too much. You don’t want to squeeze all the air out of the soil around the roots.
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  • Water: It is important to provide ample water after planting. Water well with a sprinkler or hose, then lay your drip irrigation, a hedge watering system or install your other chosen irrigation type. Learn more about irrigating hedges here.

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  • Mulch: After the InstantHedge has been installed, spread mulch around the base of the hedge to protect the roots and retain water—a minimal amount of mulch (an inch or two) is sufficient, and will help improve the soil structure and add nutrients. Applying mulch every year is a good practice.

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Installing pre-finished, perfectly shaped, thriving InstantHedges allows both home gardeners and commercial landscapers to achieve a fast, finished result through a very simple process. Explore our full line of hedging plants to find the best hedge types for your garden.
By |2020-08-11T18:23:13+00:00January 5th, 2019|Care Guides|