How to Grow a Privacy Hedge in South Florida


Growing and planting a privacy hedge in the southern regions of Florida is relatively basic. Gardeners have many choices in hedging plants that grow well in South Florida. Choosing a drought-tolerant or native species that is suited for your particular area will guarantee success and require less maintenance. Whether you are looking for a flowering, fruiting or evergreen plant for your hedge, there is a plant that will meet your requirements and tolerate the tropical climate.

Step 1

Clear the planting site of grass and weeds, either raking the vegetation from the area or using a grass/weed killing herbicide. Allow one week for the weedkiller to wash from the soil before planting the hedging plants.

Step 2

Mark the planting areas after considering the plant's width. Place each plant approximately 5 to 6 feet apart if the plant is 12 feet wide at maturity. This will allow the plants to fill in as they grow.

Step 3

Dig a hole approximately two to three times larger than the plant's root ball. Amend the planting site with compost, if the species of plant requires it. Work compost into the existing soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches.

Step 4

Remove the plant from the container, loosening its roots. Place the plant into the hole and pack the soil firmly around it. Continue until all the plants are in their appropriate planting places.

Step 5

Mulch the flower bed with a pine bark or cypress mulch to help the planting site retain moisture and cut down on the growth of weeds.

Step 6

Water the plants in well, being sure the water drains deep enough to drench the root systems. Continue to water the newly planted hedge every other day for the first two to three weeks, or until the plants begin to establish themselves. Water on a regular schedule per the species of plant's requirements.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Herbicide
  • Shovel
  • Top soil
  • Mulch


  • University of Florida: Florida-Friendly Plant List
  • Florida-Friendly Landscaping: Florida-friendly Plant Database
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About this Author

Joyce Starr is a freelance writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawncare, gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.