Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hedge- It is more than wall

A "hedge" is a wall composed of plants. Some are purely decorative, while others serve primarily a practical function. Hedge plants used decoratively are often trimmed to precise sizes and shapes and include evergreen and deciduous shrubs. Such shrubs may also serve the practical function of affording a property some security. Here are some resources to start creating a "living wall".
Security is not the only practical function that hedges can serve. They have various environmental, social and economic benefits.
Benefits of a hedge
Green manure
Prevents soil erosion
Habitat for predators, pollinators, seed dispersers, etc.
Moisture retention
Nitrogen fixation
Fire wood
Edible fruits
Thread and wires
Gene bank
Biological pest control agents in different crops

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