The cypress is a plant native to Asia Minor, but also widespread in our country. It is an evergreen tree that, when the maximum age is reached, can reach 50 meters in height. The leaves have a very dark green color, small and thick, forming an impenetrable crown, ideal for creating hedges with optimal shielding. The most used variety to create hedges is the Leyland which is extremely vigorous and long lasting, with thin and pointed leaves. To make perfect cypress hedges, you need to plant three of them at a distance of one meter for all the necessary length and if you want a more thick effect, you can plant a double row. The plants will have to be watered every spring.
The multiplication of the cypress
In order to obtain more cypress trees and create thick hedges in your garden, there are three ways: sowing, cutting and grafting. Sowing is carried out by planting ripe seeds in a soil; once you start to see your plants begin to grow, you will have to put them in a nursery; when they become a little bigger and stronger, you will have to place them where you want to create your cypress hedge. The cutting is a sprig of cypress that is planted in a mixture of sand and peat, in a hot-humid area. After two years you will have your cypresses ready to be buried in rows to make hedges. The graft is a technique used in nurseries and is carried out laterally to the plant. The aim is therefore to improve the variety of cypress, making it more resistant to diseases.
Pruning of cypress hedges
The cypress has an intrinsic characteristic of order that makes it perfect for creating hedges without having to intervene manually. However, to make your hedge more elegant, it is possible to practice the pruning technique for those cypresses that define the boundaries of your garden. It is called pyramidal pruning and is done by cutting small long branches that could come out of the geometric regularity of the hedge structure and affect its visual integrity. The season for pruning is undoubtedly the mildest in order not to risk ruining the plant's tissues which, with a very low temperature, are more delicate. Ideal is spring, when the plant creates the buds and the climate, not too hot or cold, is perfect.
Windbreak barrier and decorative cypress hedge.
The cypress lends itself very well as a shielding hedge on one side and a windbreak barrier on the other. This is because it is a strong and solid shrub. To increase its sturdiness, it is possible to create a wooden structure, planted in the ground, which can guarantee a support so as to double its resistance in the face of violent meteorological phenomena such as very strong winds. Furthermore the cypress hedge it can be used as an ornament where it is made the object of creative art, forming more or less abstract representations capable of recalling imaginative and refined concepts. You can thus make tall hedges that form arches at the entrance to your garden or create a fascinating vegetation around a fountain.