Hedgerows are rows of trees, shrubs and or vines along roads, and between fields and residential lots. In the context of agricultural lands, hedgerows are planted strips that reduce soil erosion by providing a wind buffer. Along right-of-ways, in residential areas and on agriculture land they offer a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to standard chain link or wooden fences and provide wildlife habitat, visual screens, while helping define boundaries.
- Often used in conjunction with agricultural filter strips and infiltration trenches
- Depending on height, may limit sun exposure and impact the growth of certain crops
- Residential developments present opportunities to conserve existing hedgerows or plant new ones with trees and shrubs suitable for the space.
- Controlling weeds in close proximity to hedges supports growth and reduces competition for water
- Monitoring wildlife activity in proximity to hedges helps to protect agricultural lands and the hedges from damage
- Requires inspecting for invasive species during seasonal pruning of hedges
- Little information exists on the installation and maintenance of hedges in agricultural or residential areas
- Installation costs are largely determined by hedge size
- Maintenance costs include hedge trimming and potential pest control
- Windbreaks, Hedgerow and Living Fences: Evergreen
- How to Plant And Maintain Hedgerows: Mersey Forest, UK
- Hedgerows - Structuring a suburban neighbourhood identity: Ontario Association of Landscape Architects
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