The two most popular types of hedging sold in Ireland now for private gardens and commercial developments are Beech and Laurel. They each have their own individual characteristics but both are a great addition to any private or commercial development. Both of these hedges provide excellent shelter and are very good at defining boundaries between properties.
Beech (Fagus Sylvatica)
Beech is a deciduous hedge that actually holds onto the dead leaf for the winter so if planted a proper rate per yard will provide excellent privacy and shelter. It’s the new leaf emerging in the spring that actually shoves off the old leaf so therefore you have coverage all year round.
Laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus)
Laurel is a fast growing dense evergreen hedge with a large distinctive green leaf. It tolerates most soil conditions and will also grow in under the shade of trees and walls etc. It will also tolerate extreme wind conditions and also extremes of heat and cold.
These in my opinion are the two most popular hedges now being planted in Ireland. They provide dense, fast growing hardy hedges that if planted at the correct rate per metre and cared for the first three years (weed control etc) should provide optimum privacy.