One of the words that keep coming up in the news about the financial world is a hedge fund. I still do not really understand what a hedge fund is. The word hedge fund for me still makes me think of well…, a hedge. Now I’m thinking of it, to some extent a hedge can also be compared to a fund or a financial product of some kind. In the beginning you invest time, effort and also money. Once established, it needs a little maintenance. Some hedges are almost indestructible, rock solid investments if you like, others do their job for a few decades, and then they’re done. Just like in the financial world, disaster can strike, and leave you with empty hands. It happened to us when we bought the house, the Leylandii hedge died on us and at least 40 metres of hedge had to be replanted.
On the whole, however, I’d say a hedge is a great investment. Enjoyment is almost guaranteed, not only for yourself, but also for the birds, insects and other inhabitants of your garden. Talk about return on investment!
I used to do a little garden maintenance while my small children were at school, before I went back to an office job. A recurring chore was trimming the hedges. I was never very good at it, luckily I had a colleague who was. He trimmed them so neat, it looked like I had been done by a award winning hairdresser. I did get a good sense of what the challenges and advantages are in the most common species, though. I really cannot say what my favourite hedge is, they all have their quirks and perks. Friends and family often ask me what would be a good hedge for them. My answer usually is: depends….what you expect from a hedge. How much money do want to spend, are you willing to be patient or trim a lot? I’m working on a chart with characteristics of various hedges. I’d love to hear which species are your favourites and why.