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Question: I would like to plant a hedge along my fence to grow at least 8-10 feet high to provide some privacy. Half of the area is in complete sun and the other half is shaded by a large mahogany tree for most of the day just after noon. I was wondering what would do well in this situation? I would also like to know what kind of soil would be necessary for the hedge to grow well and somewhat fast. I would also like to mention that I live in the Florida Keys where it gets pretty hot during the summer!

Answer: Krissy,

Oleander and Bay cedar (Suriana maritima) are among your better choices for that location and use. Natal plum (Carissa grandiflora is another good choice but only would get to be about 6-8 feet tall. Use the soil from the site with little amending. A bit of compost is fine but not likely to last long in your hot climate. Fertilize with light regular doses (1 cup per 50 square feet of soil surface) of turf fertilizer throughout the year to keep the plants vigorous when young so they grow quickly and form a good screening hedge as soon as possible.

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