The privet shrub is a sturdy plant used for hedges and borders. The plant grows in most soil pH levels and soil types. Plant a privet hedge in the spring from stock that is at least year old. Space dwarf shrub varieties at a distance of 1 foot apart and at least 18 inches from the border line. Plant full-sized privet shrubs 5 feet apart. Choose a growing location that has full sun and a soil that retains moisture.
Dig a hole the same depth as the root ball and twice the width.
Mix an equal portion of compost into the removed soil.
Separate roots that appear bound to the root ball and place the plant in the hole.
Fill half the hole with the compost-soil mixture followed by a generous application of water. Wait for the water to absorb.
Fill the hole with soil, gently packing it around the roots to remove air pockets.
Water the new plants immediately after planting. The privet shrub grows best in moist soil that is not soggy.
Place 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the newly planted shrub to assist with moisture retention and weed control. Mulching is not necessary after the shrub is established.