What is a Hawthorn Hedge?
Hawthorn hedges are also known as Crataegus Monogyna hedge. They have a dense, leafy barrier making them ideal for privacy and wind protection. Overall, a hawthorn hedge offers a beautiful, functional, and ecologically friendly way to enhance your landscape. It’s a living fence that provides privacy, wildlife habitat, and year-round visual interest, making it a truly valuable addition to any garden.
Why Choose a Hawthorn Hedge?
Hawthorn hedges offer a multitude of benefits, making them a popular choice for both residential and commercial properties:
- Fast-growing: Hawthorn hedges can grow up to 2-3 feet per year, providing quick privacy and security.
- Low maintenance: Once established, hawthorn hedges require minimal maintenance, making them ideal for busy homeowners.
- Beautiful: Hawthorn hedges produce delicate white flowers in spring and attractive red berries in autumn, adding a touch of elegance to any landscape.
- Wildlife-friendly: Hawthorn hedges provide food and shelter for a variety of birds and animals, promoting biodiversity in your garden.
- Secure: Hawthorn’s thorny branches deter unwanted visitors and pets.
- Versatile: Hawthorn hedges can be trained to various heights and shapes, making them suitable for any garden size or style.
Why Choose The Tree & Hedge Company for Your Hawthorn Hedge Needs?
Forget the hassle! The Tree & Hedge Company offers expert hawthorn supply, delivery, installation, and care for a thriving, beautiful hedge. Contact The Tree & Hedge Company for a seamless hedge experience.
Our comprehensive service includes:
Free consultation: Our team of experts will discuss your requirements and develop a customised plan for your hedge installation project.
Supply: We offer a wide selection of hedge plants in a variety of sizes and shapes.
Delivery: We can deliver your hawthorn hedge straight to your door at a time that is best for you.
Installation: Our team of horticulturists will professionally plant and install your hawthorn hedge in your outdoor space.
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When to plant a Hawthorn hedge?
In the UK, the ideal time to plant a hawthorn hedge is during their dormant period, which generally falls between October and February. This gives the roots time to establish before the spring growth spurt.
How fast does Hawthorn hedge grow?
The growth rate of a hawthorn hedge depends on several factors, including:
- Hawthorn variety: Some varieties, like Crataegus monogyna, are known for their fast growth and can put on 2-3 feet per year in ideal conditions. Other varieties, like Crataegus laevigata, grow more slowly, reaching about 1-2 feet per year.
- Planting conditions: Hawthorn hedges thrive in well-drained soil with plenty of sunlight. Optimal soil moisture, regular watering in dry periods, and proper fertilisation can also boost growth.
- Pruning: Regular pruning encourages bushier growth but can slow down overall height increase. If you prioritise quick height, you may need to adjust your pruning practices.
- Age: Young hawthorn hedges typically grow faster than mature ones. As the hedge matures, growth rate may slow down due to competition for resources within the hedge.
With all these factors in mind, you can generally expect a healthy hawthorn hedge to grow between 1-3 feet per year. However, some varieties, under ideal conditions, might even reach 4-5 feet per year in their first few years of growth.
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Are Hawthorn hedges poisonous to horses?
No, hawthorn hedges are not poisonous to horses. In fact, the leaves and berries of hawthorn hedges are sometimes used in equine health supplements for their purported circulation-boosting properties. While horses might nibble on hawthorn leaves or berries on occasion, these parts are not considered toxic to them.
However, it’s important to remember that no plant is completely safe if ingested in large quantities, so it’s still wise to:
- Monitor your horse’s grazing habits and ensure they don’t overindulge in the hawthorn hedge, particularly the berries.
- Be aware of potential allergens: While uncommon, some horses may experience allergic reactions to certain plants, including hawthorn. If you notice any unusual symptoms in your horse after they have been eating hawthorn, consult your veterinarian.
- Consider potential risks of thorns: While the thorns on hawthorn branches are unlikely to cause serious injuries, they can scratch and irritate your horse’s skin. If you’re concerned about this, you can choose a hawthorn variety with fewer thorns or even opt for an alternative horse-friendly hedge altogether.
Overall, you can safely plant a hawthorn hedge around your horse paddock or pasture without worrying about poisoning. However, as with any other plant, it’s always good practice to exercise caution and supervise your horse’s grazing behaviour.
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