How tall should hedges be?

Hedges are generally maintained at 6 to 8 feet high; privacy plantings can rise 30 feet. In general, screen plantings are much wider, too, made up of a mix of staggered evergreen and deciduous trees, shrubs, and perennials for a natural look.

What is the legal height of a hedge between Neighbours UK?

High hedges are described as an evergreen or semi evergreen line of two or more trees, at least 2m in height and are capable of blocking out light. There is a common misconception that growing a hedge above 2m in height is illegal. This is in fact incorrect - there is no legal maximum height for a hedge.

How tall should shrubs be in front of house?

However, homeowners generally keep their front-yard shrubs between six and ten feet tall. One thing you want to consider is where your shrubs are located. If they're near the sidewalk in front of your home, they should grow tall, while ones under a window shouldn't get big enough to block your outside view.

What makes a good tall hedge?

For an effective hedge you need attractive plants that are fast growing. They should also have dense foliage. Consider the mature height and width of the plants. It's important that your hedge is continuous and does not leave gaping holes.

Can you cut a hedge too short?

Trimming hedges can be a tranquil and relaxing task. One that we enjoy in warmer weather and that keeps out hedges healthy and strong. However, it is possible for you to trim your hedge too much, and when this happens you run the risk of killing your hedge or causing permanent damage.

Trimming Big Bushes and Hedges Overgrown

What time of year is it illegal to cut hedges?

Hedge trimming and cutting - the law

Some mature hedgerows are protected by law but this wouldn't normally apply to garden hedges. We recommend avoiding hedge cutting during the main breeding season for nesting birds, which usually runs throughout March to August each year.

Can my Neighbour reduce the height of my hedge?

permission is not required to grow a hedge over two metres high. action may not be taken when a hedge grows over two metres high. your neighbour may not be ordered to reduce the height of their hedge. single or deciduous trees are not covered.

Do hedges have to be a certain height?

Please note that there is not a blanket rule that all hedges must be no more than two metres in height. The complaint form explains why you consider the hedge is adversely affecting the reasonable enjoyment of your residential property.

What is the best tall hedge?

Arborvitae (Thuja)

A good choice for large privacy hedges is the fast grower 'Green Giant', which can reach 50 to 60 feet tall (with a spread of 12 to 20 feet). If you want a bush that is more compact and do not mind waiting a bit longer, 'Emerald Green' arborvitae is a better option.

How far apart should a hedge be planted?

Generally speaking, we recommend planting most evergreen shrubs at a distance of 1-4 plants per metre (25-100cm) apart. Planting 25cm apart will allow the hedges to fill in the space quicker, but you will see just as much success if planting 50-100cm apart in the long run.

What should you not plant near a foundation?

DON'T plant trees and shrubs in areas that could interfere with utility lines or air-conditioning units. Before you begin your planning, call 811 to determine the location of any underground utility lines on your property, so you can avoid those areas.

How high can a hedge be at the front of a house UK?

The legislation doesn't set a specific height. The council can do no more than issue a 'remedial notice' ordering your neighbour to reduce the hedge to a height that will put the problems right and stop them happening again. For example, 2 metres will only be the right height in some cases.

What bushes look good in front of house?

Some of the favorite low-maintenance shrubs include Boxwood, Dwarf Gardenia, Rosemary, and Rhododendron. You can add in a variety of sizes to add some extra curb appeal as well as flowering, evergreen, and deciduous shrubs for the front of your house.

Can I plant a hedge next to my Neighbours fence?

Your Rights. You do not usually need to obtain permission to plant a hedge in your garden if it is solely within your property's boundary. However, you do need to obtain permission from your next door neighbour if you're considering planting a hedge to separate the adjoining properties right on the boundary line.

Can I cut the top of my Neighbour's hedge?

Legally, homeowners are allowed to trim back any branches or roots that cross into their property. But, crucially, you can only trim up to the boundary of your property - not over on to your neighbour's side. So it's important to find out who owns the of the hedge and where the boundaries lie.

What can I do if my Neighbours trees are too high?

  1. Overview.
  2. Talk to your neighbour.
  3. Contact your neighbour's landlord.
  4. Use a mediation service.
  5. Complain about noise to the council.
  6. High hedges, trees and boundaries.
  7. Call the police.
  8. Take action through the courts.

What time of year should you lay a hedge?

Hedge laying is a seasonal job carried out between October and March when trees and shrubs are dormant, and birds have finished nesting in the hedges.

What is the prettiest hedge?

Prettiest fast-growing hedges

If you want fast-growing hedges that also bring beauty to the garden, then camellia hedges are perfect. Blossoming with beautiful rose-like flowers in late winter or early spring, they create a stunning addition to winter garden ideas and will help to brighten those darker days.

What is the easiest hedge to maintain?

Holly. Many species of holly work well as hedges. Smaller hollies, such as yaupon holly (pictured here), meserve holly, and inkberry, are the easiest types to use because they don't require much pruning.

What is the legal height of a Neighbours hedge?

When a hedge grows over 2m (6½ft), the local authority does not automatically take action, unless a justifiable complaint is made. The law can not be used as a preventative measure – the hedge must already be above 2m (approx 6½ft) tall and impairing reasonable enjoyment.

Can I cut my hedge on my Neighbours side?

You are permitted to trim back any branches or roots that encroach the boundary line onto your property, whether manually or by using a petrol hedge trimmer or battery hedge trimmer; however if you cut back any further and go over the boundary line, legally you could be taken to court for damaging your neighbour's ...

What is the high hedge law?

Defining high hedges

The Act defines high hedges as a line of two or more evergreen or semi-evergreen trees or shrubs higher than 2 metres above ground level that form a complete barrier to light or access. You cannot make a complaint if it consists of only one shrub or tree, no matter the height.

Can I throw my Neighbours hedge cuttings back?

Once branches are cut off they should be offered back to the tree owner. If the owner doesn't want them then you will be responsible for disposing of the prunings; you can't simply throw them over the boundary into your neighbour's garden! Can I cut back further than the boundary to prevent regrowth causing a problem?

Can you throw Neighbours leaves back?

Indeed, it is unlawful to return fallen leaves back to someone else's land without their permission (this includes highway land such as the road and the paths and verges running alongside it).

Under what circumstances are a short hedge?

A short hedge is one where a short position is taken on a futures contract. It is typically appropriate for a hedger to use when an asset is expected to be sold in the future. Alternatively, it can be used by a speculator who anticipates that the price of a contract will decrease.