Quickset hedge

A quickset hedge is a type of hedge created by planting live hazel or whitethorn (common hawthorn) cuttings directly into the earth. Once planted, these cuttings root and form new plants, creating a dense hedge. The technique is ancient, and the term quickset hedge is first recorded in 1484. The word quick in the name refers to the fact that the cuttings are living, an ancient meaning of the word quick (as in the quick and the dead), and not to the speed at which the hedge grows, although it will establish quite rapidly.

An alternative meaning of quickset hedging is any hedge formed of living plants or of living plants combined with a fence.

The technique of quicksetting can also be used for grape vines, and many other shrubs and trees.


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