Zoning is at the heart of landscape planning. Hedges allow you to effectively divide zones among themselves. In this case, the plants in the hedges can complement the functionality of their zones. For example, we surround the area with the gazebo with flowering and smelling plants of different heights. A hedge of currants, raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries creates an impenetrable barrier and at the same time supplies medicinal raw materials for aromatic tea, as well as berries for breakfast. If you need to create more privacy, we braid climbing plants of grapes, hops, loach on pergolas. And don’t forget to add spicy and aromatic plants like rosemary, laurel, thyme, basil, hot peppers to your hedge to always have the freshest spices for your homemade barbecue.
Often the edges of the relief or water lines become the boundaries of the zones. However, these boundaries should also be supplemented with useful plants. Evergreen light coniferous trees create an excellent shield against the wind, thereby creating a favorable microclimate in their zone. Thanks to the light color, they reflect part of the sunlight onto the ground or water, thereby increasing the amount of photosynthetic radiation and the supply of heat for plants in the zone. When it is necessary to shade the area from excessive heating in the summer, we use broadleaf plants. They provide good shade and a lot of biomass in the form of leaves, which will become fertilizer. And in winter, when we need more warmth, bare trees let in sunlight.
The boundaries of reservoirs should be strengthened with water-loving plants with an extensive root system. They will protect the shores from erosion and add additional food and technical resources to your farm. Willow gets along well on the banks of reservoirs and keeps the soil from creeping. The different varieties of willow have a multi-colored bark ranging from yellow to red and can beautify your landscape at any time of the year. Willow can be used to weave baskets, furniture, decorative fences and bio-constructions. Sheep and goats happily eat young willow shoots.
Hedges are indispensable in the design of the outer boundaries of the site. Depending on local conditions, we can create a multi-level fence that will become not only a decoration but also a reliable physical barrier for creatures of any size. A fruit and berry thorny fence with an integrated netting for the poultry plot will serve not only as a protection against the penetration of predators, but also as an additional food supply for birds.
The variety of nature is endless. We can borrow effective patterns for our needs. Using the above techniques and other features of the site, you can significantly save resources on heating/cooling at home and, in addition, have fresh healthy food on hand. Hedges do not need to be repaired or repainted – they are self-healing, ever-growing construction.