How to Plant a Privet


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.

Step 1

Dig a hole the same depth as the root ball and twice the width.

Step 2

Mix an equal portion of compost into the removed soil.

Step 3

Separate roots that appear bound to the root ball and place the plant in the hole.

Step 4

Fill half the hole with the compost-soil mixture followed by a generous application of water. Wait for the water to absorb.

Step 5

Fill the hole with soil, gently packing it around the roots to remove air pockets.

Step 6

Water the new plants immediately after planting. The privet shrub grows best in moist soil that is not soggy.

Step 7

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.

Tips and Warnings

  • The privet shrub is poisonous to humans and animals. Privet shrubs can become invasive if you do not prune on a yearly basis.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Slow-release fertilizer


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