Planting of a wild hedge is worthwhile in many respects. An established wild hedge acts almost like a living organism and is an important biotope for many insects, birds and mammals. For the usage in a wild hedge are more than 40 indigenous bushes and small trees suitable, as well some conifers and foreign shrubs. With the right pruning the wild hedge becomes within a few years to a impenetrable draught and privacy shield. In addition, it pleases the owner with an opulent bloom in spring and also numerous, often edible fruits in autumn, which can be processed to marmalades, jams, jellies, chutneys, juices, syrups, liqueurs, schnaps, vinegar or teas. Many species are important honey plants, other species are also for other insects like butterflies of use. Fruits are not only eaten willingly by humans, also a number of birds and some mammals like squirrels are glad about the bountiful table. Furthermore, the wild hedge provides habitat and refuge for many birds, reptiles and mammals.
Planting of a wild hedge is moreover no expensive affair. Many tree nurseries and some provider on the internet offer wild hedge assortments with a price per bush of under 3 €. In this case, bushes are already distinctly over 50 cm high and grow up within a few years to a dense hedge. Best period for planting of wild hedge is late autumn (from end October to end November). Planting holes are excavated before purchase of the plants, because mostly plants are delivered bare-root, so not potted and without soil, and thus they have to be planted as soon as possible. Important is a strongly watering and carefully illuviation of the soil. As far as not yet occurred by the supplier, plants should be pruned 30 – 50%. In my case 95 – 97% of the bushes have survived their first winter and have driven out again next spring. Also in the next years a regular pruning is important to get dense and healthy plants.
Following species produce fruits that are also for humans edible.