A laurel hedge is a hedge of laurel trees. Laurel hedges are used as ornamental plantings in gardens and parks, and as privacy screens or windbreaks. They are also used for topiary. The word “laurel” is derived from the Latin word laurus, which was the name of a Mediterranean evergreen tree that was sacred to the Romans. The word “hedge” is derived from the Old English hecg, which means a fence or enclosure.
You can use the laurel hedge for a border, or as a privacy screen. The hedge can be trimmed to any shape you want. You can also use the laurel hedge as a windbreak.
Laurel hedges are usually planted in rows, with the plants spaced evenly apart. They can be left to grow naturally, or they can be trimmed to create a formal look. Laurel hedges can be trimmed into shapes such as spheres, cones, or pyramids.
Laurel hedges are suitable for a variety of soil types and locations. They prefer full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. Laurel hedges are drought-tolerant and salt-tolerant. Watering the laurel hedge needs to be done regularly during the first few years after planting, until the roots have become established.
Laurel hedges are susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, including aphids, scale insects, and fungal diseases. These can be controlled with regular applications of insecticide and fungicide.
Laurel hedges can live for many years, and will continue to grow if they are properly cared for. Pruning is the best way to control the growth of a laurel hedge. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring.