Suburban Hedgerows: Grow a Living Fence

Suburban hedgerows are designed to create a dense barrier to gives privacy, reduce sound pollution and protects against winter winds. They also prevent erosion, protect wildlife, and help with snow buildup. An important goal for these new hedgerows is to plant them with trees, shrubs and other native plants to attract local wildlife and insects.



In this suburban hedgerow design, small and medium-sized trees are planted so they’ll stretch from one end of the row to the other when they mature.
In this suburban hedgerow design, small and medium-sized trees are planted so they’ll stretch from one end of the row to the other when they mature.
Illustration by Michael Otteman
Cup plants (Silphium perfoliatum) provide a nifty water source for beneficial insects and birds.
Cup plants (Silphium perfoliatum) provide a nifty water source for beneficial insects and birds.
Illustration by Michael Otteman
Some types of trees and shrubs attract a more diverse selection of birds and wildlife.
Some types of trees and shrubs attract a more diverse selection of birds and wildlife.
Illustration by Michael Otteman

















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