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Ready to achieve your hedge goals in a hurry? Our READY SET HEDGE® selections have a healthy head start! Each shrub plant is nurtured in ideal soil conditions up until harvest time—for better roots and guaranteed hedge success.

A fast-growing hedge row starts with the roots!

Our mature plants come from Holland, Michigan where the soil is ideal for growing healthy root systems for hedges and shrubs; an advantage you won't find at other retailers.

  • Grown in healthy sandy loam with low pathogen rate.
  • Larger overall root systems that aren't "pot bound".
  • More fine root hairs for increased nutrient uptake and faster establishment.
Shrub Roots

This is what healthy shrub roots look like. Our fibrous, field-grown root systems acclimate quickly to their new environment thanks to hundreds of fine root hairs that optimize nutrient uptake.

Pot Bound Roots

This is what pot-bound roots look like. If you've ever bought shrubs at your local nursery or home improvement store, you may have seen this before. Stuck in a small pot, roots have no place to go and take longer to recover after planting.

Gardens Alive's READY SET HEDGE® plants are grown in the rich, healthy soil of Holland, Michigan

For decades growers have boasted over Michigan soil, and for good reason. The rare, nutrient rich sandy loam just inland from Lake Michigan, produces some of the best performing trees and shrubs you can find.

Michigan Holland

More reasons to try READY SET HEDGE®

Plant Sizes

Planting sizes up to 4 ft. tall.

We have plant sizes to fit every landscape need and every budget. Our largest sizes arrive with years of growth already behind them--perfect for creating instant privacy, beauty or property boundaries.

Money Saving

Money-saving multi-packs.

When planning a proper hedge, consider the space you want to fill and the spread of your chosen shrub variety. Usually, multiple plants are required. We created our 3-, 5- and 10-plant bundles with this in mind--the more you buy, the more you save.

Gardens Alive! Shipping

Shipped right to your door.

No need to borrow a truck or put down a tarp in the back of your SUV. No spilled dirt when the pots in the back inevitably tip over on the ride home. Our healthy shrubs ship right to your door at the perfect time for planting in your area.

Hedges from Gardens Alive

Our team of horticultural experts regularly tests new plant varieties to select which ones are best suited for our customers in terms of plant health and growing conditions. Our hedges are equally evaluated to make sure we only offer the best varieties that will thrive and add abundance to any garden or yard.

Learn more about our hedges and proper care below.

Choosing the Right Hedges

To choose the hedges for sale that best fit your preferences, explore the different hedge subtypes we provide below.

Evergreen Hedges

Evergreen hedges, or "winter" hedges, add color and life to your yard year-round. They also provide a consistent habitat for animals and can serve as windbreakers. Since evergreen hedges are more neutral in appearance, you can easily pair them with more colorful and elaborate plants without making your yard or garden too busy.

Pollinator-Friendly Hedges

A garden full of flowers isn't the only way to please pollinators. Hedges can be highly attractive to butterflies, birds, bees, and other insects. If attracting pollinators is a goal of yours, consider planting lilac hedges, cherry trees, or snowball hedges, just to name a few.

Deer-Resistant Hedges

Unfortunately, pests can be the enemy of some plants. Keep your garden safe and flourishing by planting deer-resistant hedges. Evergreen and deciduous hedges are often not appealing to deer, so if deer are frequent visitors around your property, add these plants that are almost guaranteed to remain undisturbed by deer.

Drought-Tolerant Hedges

For areas that experience drought, hedges that can withstand a low water supply will keep your garden looking vibrant. Even if you don't live in a drought-prone area, planting drought-tolerant hedges greatly reduces the amount of water you'll use to maintain them, which is beneficial environmentally and financially.

Privacy Hedges

A privacy hedge is ideal to plant around the perimeter of your property or anywhere you want a screen. This plant provides visual privacy from neighbors and passersby, as well as a sound barrier, which is especially helpful if you live near a busy road or in a high-trafficked neighborhood.

Hedges: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase

Deciding on the type of hedges you want to plant is largely up to you, but you should keep in mind which hedges are best suited for certain climates. Cold-hardy hedges are recommended for northern areas. Heat and drought-tolerant hedges will thrive best if you live in a dry southern area.

When to Plant Hedges

Opt to plant hedges during cooler months. Cooler air and soil temperatures reduce the amount of stress put on the plant, allowing roots to take better hold and become stronger. In southern areas, you may even want to wait until early winter. The temperatures should be cool but far from freezing.

How to Plant Hedges

  1. Prep the soil. Mix in compost to add nutrients to your soil and help with water retention and drainage.
  2. Measure your hedges. Check the maximum width your variety of hedge grows to and find a location where you have the space to fit the number of plants you have. Mark the width with flags or another material so you know spacing is correct.
  3. Dig a trench. Your trench should be roughly 12 inches deep and 20 inches wide.
  4. Plant your hedge. Once you have your plant where you want it, fill in the hole with your soil. Gently cover the roots, careful not to pat soil down so tightly that the roots can't get air.
  5. Water, mulch, and fertilize. Water hedges well after planting, and surround the base of the plant with one or two inches of mulch to protect the roots and help retain water. Fertilize the hedges with a slow-release fertilizer to help them develop.

When to Trim Hedges

It's important to not prune hedges when temperatures are extreme, whether it's very cold or very hot. The best time to trim hedges is when they're dormant, which is fall to early spring. Trim them before freezing temperatures hit, and be sure not to cut them during hot, dry weather. Avoid leaf burn by trimming on a cool, overcast day.

How to Shape Hedges

Use electric or hand-held pruners to shape your hedges, whichever you're more comfortable using. The main thing to keep in mind is that the tool you use should be sharp so you don't create any unnecessary stress for the plant, which can affect how it grows. Visualize the shape you have in mind and take your time as you trim around the hedge. Snip off just a little bit, then stand back and eye your progress. Don't try to take off a lot of length in one snip. To help sunlight reach the base of your plant, cut the top portion a little shorter than the bottom.


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