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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
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WATERING HEDGES

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WATERING HEDGES

How to Water Hedges Using a Drip Irrigation System

Most of our hedges are highly drought-tolerant, but they do require regular water for the first few seasons while roots are becoming established. Additional water may be required in extremely hot, dry summers to keep hedges flourishing.

We recommend drip irrigation because it is so user-friendly, water-conscious, and effective.

  • The goal of a drip irrigation system is to deliver water as needed directly to the root system of the hedge, minimizing water waste and watering deeply and effectively.

  • It is very easy to simply run drip line along the length of a hedge, along the base of the plants.
  • A standard drip hose with 9-12’’ emitter spacing is typically recommended for watering hedges. The spacing between emitters ensures the entire root zone gets enough water.

  • Drip irrigation minimizes evaporation from the soil’s surface, making it a water-efficientand cost-effective way to water—drip irrigation maximizes water use, thus using less water.
  • Irrigation systems are easily controlled using timers or automated systems, saving on time and labor, while cutting down on manual watering. Using timers to control the drip irrigation lines allows the hedges to be watered at the ideal time of day (typically between 2-7am). It is recommended to water every 2-3 days for 1-2 hours during the first dry period after planting. The water should be sinking deep into the soil.

  • For hedges installed in planters or in micro-gardens, hand-watering is always an option. If placing InstantHedges in a container, make sure drainage holes are present so that any excess water can drain out. Some planters and containers are large enough to be installed with a drip system. Drip hoses, spray stakes, or micro-sprinklers can be configured to fit any container.

Hedges are a water-wise choice for landscapes, providing green foliage in the heat of summer without being a drain on precious water resources. However, making sure to provide ample water during the first few seasons is essential to guarantee the long-term health of the hedge. For best long-term hedge quality, be sure to read up on fertilizing hedges and techniques for pruning hedges. Although different types of hedges have different water and care needs, these guides will provide you with important general guidance.
By |2020-08-06T23:31:45+00:00January 20th, 2019|Care Guides|