A holly hedge is a fast-growing, evergreen hedge that can provide a dense screen of foliage. Holly hedges are easy to grow and maintain, and they make an excellent choice for both formal and informal gardens.
When planting a holly hedge, it is important to choose a site that receives full sun to partial shade. Holly hedges will tolerate most soil types, but they prefer a well-drained soil that is high in organic matter.
Holly hedges can be planted either by seed or by transplanting young plants. When planting by seed, it is best to sow the seeds in late fall or early winter. Transplanting young holly plants is the best way to get a hedge that will fill in quickly.
When transplanting young holly plants, it is important to space them evenly. For a formal hedge, plants should be spaced 12 to 18 inches apart. For an informal hedge, plants can be spaced 24 to 36 inches apart. After planting, water the holly hedges well and mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture.
Holly hedges will need to be trimmed once or twice a year to keep them looking their best. For a formal hedge, trimming can be done in late spring or early summer. For an informal hedge, trimming can be done anytime that the hedge gets too big or leggy.
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