Create and Care For a Lavender Hedge

Lavender plants are generally easy to care for. Learn how to create a fragrant and beautiful lavender hedge, and maintain it for years to come.

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Water In

Water the plants well. Although lavenders are very drought-tolerant, they will need to be watered for the first growing season until they are fully established. In spring, apply an all-purpose liquid fertilizer to the plants.

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Shear Your Lavender

Although lavenders are generally easy plants, requiring little or no additional watering once established, they do need annual care. Leave small, young plants unpruned for the first 12 months after planting to allow them to put on some growth, but in subsequent years cut your hedge twice a year to prevent it becoming leggy.

When to Start: Late summer, after flowering, and early spring
Time to Complete: 1 hour or longer depending on hedge size

Materials

garden shears
household disinfectant
clippers
all-purpose liquid fertilizer

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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