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Hedges vs. Screens

What is the difference between a hedge and a screen?


When it comes to designing a landscape for added privacy or extra flair, hedges and screens are good accessories to use. There is a difference between the two, though it’s small.

Both a screen and a hedge create a fence or a boundary, usually out of shrubs or small trees. They can be made in all different sizes, foliage colors and creative constructions.

Here are the chief differences between these two landscape staples:

  • a screen is typically less formal in design than a hedge, and it is used to hide an eyesore, create privacy or block the wind
  • a screen often uses more individual plants than a hedge, and it can also be made of vines
  • a screen commonly requires less maintenance than most hedges, which usually need several trimmings throughout the year to keep them in tight shape

Hedges and screens are both great and creative ways to add beautiful borders to your landscape. When considering what plants to use for a hedge or screen, it is important to contemplate the height and coverage you want, the growth patterns of the plants, their maintenance needs and the typical weather patterns in your area. The best choices for a screen will be plants with a naturally tall, compact habit, such as fastigiate yews and arborvitae, blue spruce and other pyramidal evergreens, and 'Sky Pencil' holly. The best hedge plants are those that respond well to pruning and have a dense habit. Why stick with traditional fences for privacy when you can enhance the beauty of your home with a hedge or screen?

Read about planting a hedge

Winter hedge care
Cut your hedges while also cutting down time and stress with topiary shears.

Define the space of your yard while adding a little touch of privacy to help turn your garden into a retreat with a three panel and/or two panel gardening screens.

Trimming hedges can cause discomfort in your hands. Try a pair of gloves to help ease and sooth your hands while working hard in the garden.

Planting spears are great for planting seedlings and shrubs but they are also referred to sometimes as a “hedging” spade. Take this handy tool out for a spin in your garden and help make planting hedging a faster process.

Hedges and screens can be a great way to add a little flair and privacy into your landscape design. Check out Landscape Ideas You Can Use for more creative ways to transform your yard into a beautifully designed landscape.