A juniper hedge will decorate the plot of a country house for many years. This type of conifers is long-lived, they live for hundreds of years. A living fence will revive the landscape, clean the air from dust and harmful substances. Needles emit phytoncides, so the air next to these plants becomes healing.
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Pros and cons of the juniper hedge
The neighborhood of fruit trees and juniper hedge is not always successful. Ephedra can cause rust on apples, pears, mountain ash, hawthorn. Basidiomyceous mushrooms cause it. The fact that juniper is infected with this pathogen can be understood by the orange growths on the branches. You can see them in the spring.
Save the situation preventive measures. They are held in the orchard and included in the work plan for the care of the hedge. The ephedra grows not very quickly. Wait until the living fence closes the area from the neighbors, it takes more than one year. This can be attributed to the disadvantages of juniper hedge. In the course of growing difficulties. Varietal varieties at a young age often burn in the sun.
On the merits of juniper fences can talk for a long time. Grown with skill, it will not only be beautiful, but also functional:
- as an external fence protects the area from prying eyes;
- it can be used for zoning of the infield;
- will be an excellent background for ornamental shrubs, flower beds, lawn;
- bright needles decorate the winter garden;
- will have a phytotherapeutic effect, filling the air with phytoncides and pleasant aroma of pine needles.
The shape of the fence is limited only by the imagination of the owner. By choosing a particular variety, you can play with color. The needles are gray, golden yellow, light green, dark green. Juniper tolerates a haircut, so the fence can be given a strict shape or leave it uncut. The undoubted advantages of the conifer include durability, unpretentiousness, frost resistance.
Which juniper is better for hedge
From the forest seedlings bring exactly not worth it. It harms the forest. The decorativeness of the forest juniper fence leaves much to be desired. Planting material worth buying in the nursery. Expensive, but you can choose a suitable type of conifer that meets all the necessary requirements:
- medium sized with good root system;
- adapted to the local climate.
For the hedge in the shady part of the garden, some varieties of juniper are suitable. This species grows better in areas where there is light, but there is no midday sun. Coniferous shrub Meyer - one of the representatives of this species.
It has a wide columnar crown, silver-green needles. It grows quite slowly. The height of the tree at the age of 10 is 3 m, with a crown diameter of 60 cm. Meyer's juniper crown looks fluffy due to several tops.