How to Space & Plant Hedges


Adding hedges to your landscaping allows you to create barriers or dividers in your yard. You can place these natural fences around your home, next to sidewalks, paths or driveways, surrounding gardens or along the outer edges of your property to mark your boundary. Hedges come in all sizes to fit in various places in your landscape. Planting hedges or shrubs properly is important, and spacing hedges is vital to ensure enough room for growth.

Step 1

Determine where you want to plant hedges. The areas should provide full sun and well-draining soil. Clear these areas of all foliage, and measure the length from end to end.

Step 2

Find out the full-grown size of specific hedges in both height and width. You will find this information on the plant markers, or ask when purchasing them.

Step 3

Figure out how many shrubs you need to plant in the selected area. Buy only as many as required, allowing enough room on all sides of the hedges for the mature size.

Step 4

Dig holes the same depth as the hedge containers but at least twice as wide. Measure the space needed in between the planting holes to ensure accurate spacing.

Step 5

Remove the hedge plants from the containers, and check the root ball. Cut off any damaged roots, and loosen any tangled roots.

Step 6

Place the shrub in the hole, spreading out the roots. Backfill the hole with the removed soil, and saturate with water to remove any air pockets.

Step 7

Cover the area around the planted hedges with 3 to 4 inches of mulch to prevent weeds and retain moisture.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Knife
  • Mulch


  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Shrubs: Functions, Planting and Maintenance
  • West Virginia University: Planting Trees and Shrubs

Who Can Help

  • North Carolina State University: Planting Trees and Shrubs
  • Purdue University: Planting and Transplanting Landscape Trees and Shrubs
Keywords: planting hedges, spacing hedges, hedge spacing

About this Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.