Would you like to plant a hedge? How about if you plant a fruit hedge? You have two options. This presented here once.
If you want to plant a hedge in the garden, you should think about choosing a fruit hedge. This guarantees you a beautiful bloom every year in spring and a profitable harvest in summer. Especially since different variants are now available to design a mixed fruit hedge.
In principle, the hedge length does not matter. However, when planting, you should always take the local soil conditions into account. So you have to choose a suitable type of fruit.
The great thing about a fruit hedge: it is relatively opaque from spring to autumn and only lets curious glances into the garden from the outside in winter when it has lost its leaves.
Create espalier fruit hedge / berry hedge
A distinction is made primarily between a trellis fruit hedge and / or a berry hedge. The berry hedge is usually slower in growth than the trellis hedge. Both variants and tips for maintaining your fruit hedge are presented here.
The advantage of espalier fruit hedges can be seen in the fact that they do not grow as tall (should grow a maximum of 2 meters in height) as conventional trees and this makes harvesting the fruit much more pleasant.
You can use countless types of pome fruit for a trellis hedge, such as Apples, pears, cherries and plums. However, you can achieve an exotic fruit mix by planting kiwi, peach, mirabelle plum or apricot.
Only use hardy plants when planting fruit hedges. You can easily design a fruit hedge with just one type of fruit or a colorful mix with mutually compatible varieties.
When planting the trellis fruit or the trellis hedge, however, you must take into account that the fruit trees grow along espalier fences, which you have to put up in advance. It is best to use fence posts, which you pull horizontally with fence wires, along which the fruit branches can later easily branch.
For a bushy berry hedge you can plant currants with red, black and white fruits. But blueberries, gooseberries, josta berries and the like are also very suitable for a berry hedge. Don't forget sea buckthorn and rose hips in this context!
However, if you want to plant a berry hedge that grows as high as possible, raspberries, mulberries and blackberries are available, for which you should, however, take a climbing aid into account - e.g. by pulling wires, similar to trellis fruit. The grapes are also suitable for a seasonally opaque, but very high-growing fence planting.
Caring for a fruit hedge
The maintenance effort for a fruit hedge is relatively low. You should only provide the hedge with sufficient organic fertilizer (compost) in spring and autumn. Alternatively, you can of course also use a complete fertilizer available from gardening stores or a special berry fertilizer.
And espalier trees naturally lose their leaves in autumn, so that you can easily collapse around the fruit stems so that it rots there. This has an additional fertilizing effect.
Fruit hedges should be checked regularly (approximately every 2 to 3 weeks during the season) for pests so that you can always treat them quickly and this does not spread to other types of fruit. You should also regularly check your hedges for diseases on soft fruit and espalier fruit.
»Cut back / top cut:
Of course, you also have to cut back or cut hedges each year, which vary depending on the type of fruit.