Each garden is not completed without a good hedge. Viburnum hedge is vigorous and needs less care than other species. Pruning and landscaping this hedge is easy and the visual effects can be amazing.
Viburnum Hedge Growing Conditions
This hedge is adapted to the warmer regions of the US. Costal areas are the ones that are the best, like south of Florida, Texas and the entire West Coast. Keep in mind that any zone from 8b to 10a is good according to the US Department of Agriculture.
Growing Viburnum Hedge
Hedges are natural barriers in gardens and planting them requires a lot of planning as they will define the way your garden will look like. They are often used to mark special places or limits in a garden. If you are unsure about the role of hedges in garden please consult with a specialist in garden planning.
There are many types of viburnum species out in commerce, but one of the best is viburnum carlesi compacta. It is easy to grow and to take care of. The steps in planting viburnum are the same regardless of the species.
This type of hedge prefers sunny position and a lot of space to grow. Usually they can be 4 to 8 feet wide. Keep this in mind and plant the new hedges about 4 feet apart one from another. After they grow they will become one continuous row.
The hedge prefers organic peat moss or a mixture of normal garden soil and cow manure. Plant the new vines in autumn, or early spring in order to ensues that the hedge will thrive.
It requires regular trimming and manicure. More severe pruning can be made in spring, when the plant is still dormant. Regular trimming can be made all year round in order to ensure a neat look.
Like most shrubs, viburnum can be the home of a myriad of insects and other creatures. Some of them do not come in peace and try to overtake the plant.
One of the most common pests is the viburnum beetle. This insect can cause defoliation and it affects specially viburnum tinus and opulus. The most damage appears during spring time when beetle larvae attack the new foliage. They eat the leaves hole and the larvae continue to grow into mature beetles which will decimate the plant between July and September.
Getting rid of viburnum beetles can be a challenge but there are some good pesticides on the market. Be sure to use pesticides only on no flowering viburnum hedges in order to protect pollinating insects.
Other pests that are quite common are aphids, red spider mites and scales. Each of them can damage the plant, but can be deterred by using special pesticides.