UpShoot Blog Post Features InstantHedge

Posted 10/10/2018


October 2, 2018 — The spring 2018 introduction of InstantHedges was a smash hit, with retailers, designers, and homeowners clamoring for delivery of the 13 different varieties of grab-and-go (literally) four-unit pre-trimmed hedges.


Since 2014, owner Brent Markus and his team have planted 500,000 trees, filling 81 acres with plants precision-trimmed multiple times per year with GPS-driven technology. Hedges are then dug in groups of four, packed up, and shipped for planting at homes, commercial properties, and for use at restaurants, museums, and shopping areas as movable screens.



InstantHedge Article Featured on GardenSmart

Posted 10/12/2018


A hedge is a natural way to define space in a garden without the expense and labor involved in building a fence or wall. Planting shrubs such as boxwood and laurel can create green "rooms" that provide beauty and privacy in a landscape.


Have you considered a hedge for your garden, but didn't want to wait the mandatory 4 to 5 years for the plants to fill in? With InstantHedge, you can have a lush, finished hedge in just one day.


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InstantHedge Featured in the Nursery & Landscape Insider Newsletter

Posted 10/10/2018


It’s been a while since I mentioned InstantHedge, which is such a clever and simple solution to implement instant landscape gratification. Last time I mentioned it, they only had a few options plant-wise and were looking for distributors to assist in getting material into the hands of landscape contractors and retailers.


A lot has changed in the past year and InstantHedge is now offering boxwood (Green Mountain boxwood, to be exact) and 18 other taxa including my favorite plant in their lineup, Ilex xaquipernyi Dragon Lady. More importantly for those who want to get their hands on these marvels, the product line is now available via both Fast Growing Trees and Wayside Gardens.



InstantHedge on Garden Time TV

Posted April 2018


RECORD BREAKING WEATHER. A few weeks ago all we thought about was the cold and not the heat. This winter was pretty mild, but then we got hit with a few days of frost and cold, and all those plants we thought would survive, didn’t! It doesn’t matter now. The heat returned and all is forgotten! The spring rains may come and go, but the warmth will probably remain. Still, that doesn’t mean that you should put out all your tender plants yet. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and maybe wait another week or so to make sure that these temps are not going south any time soon.


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InstantHedge Featured in The Hampton Gardner

Posted 3/12/2018


Hedges have been an important part of Hamptons landscapes for as long as I can remember, and I feel pretty certain that if you visited the East End a century ago, the village areas of Westhampton, Southampton and East Hampton would look very familiar, not just for the architecture and seascape but for the hedges as well. The vast majority of these hedges, probably hundreds of miles and thousands of linear feet of them, are the ubiquitous privet hedges. The hedges are primarily used as privacy screens and windbreaks, and while some property owners let them grow somewhat wild, most have them sheared and shaped two to four times a year to keep them symmetrical and dense.


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InstantHedge Featured in Digger Magazine

Posted 2/23/2018


Brent Markus, owner of Rare Tree Nursery in Silverton, Oregon, has introduced a new line of conveniently packaged, pre-formed hedges under the brand name InstantHedge. The new line has been in the works since 2014, after Markus was inspired by a visit to QuickHedge farm in the Netherlands. Markus then planted rows of evergreens and deciduous trees on more than 80 acres of land in Canby, Oregon. The resulting hedges are now ready for sale and shipment this spring.



INSTANTHEDGE FEATURED IN THE GROWER TALKS NEWSLETTER

Posted 2/23/2018


If you attended MANTS, and during the horticultural overload period managed to stop and look at the Rare Tree Nursery booth, you may have seen the display of InstantHedges. Before I go further, let me thank the marketing folks of InstantHedges for keeping the "T" in Instant!


But back to the topic—it’s pretty ingenious, especially considering its simplicity. The concept revolves around providing what consumers want. You ask, "What is that?" Instant gratification, of course. That’s why they hire a landscape contractor in the first place!


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INSTANTHEDGE FEATURED IN THE FLORAL DAILY NEWSLETTER

Posted 2/22/2018


“Nursery offers finished hedges in a day”

Designers, landscapers, and contractors now have an instant option for privacy, screening, and aesthetics with InstantHedge.


"Marrying custom, patented technology with decades of horticultural experience, we have created beautiful, high-quality hedges for any landscape. Rather than waiting years for a traditional planting to grow together to form a screen, our InstantHedge provides immediate gratification as a ready-made solution for privacy and design," says owner Brent Markus.


Example of having an Instant Hedge installed in a landscape


Each InstantHedge is an evergreen or deciduous hedge sold in panels of four trees that have been pruned multiple times each year using GPS tracking equipment to provide extraordinary density. Revolutionary technology ensures precision, accuracy and delivery of a consistent product. The hedges look like they’ve been growing in place for years, not just dropped in the ground.

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INSTANTHEDGE FEATURED IN THE GREEN PROFIT NEWSLETTER

Posted 2/22/2018


“Hedges In a Day!”

When I saw a press release come into my inbox this week with the subject heading “Finished Hedges in a Day!,” I was skeptical. I’ve seen those “hedges” that are actually stiff plastic look-alikes—that’s got to be what the release was referring to. Right?


Wrong! InstantHedges are the real chlorophyll-filled deal. According to the release, these hedges look like they’ve been growing in place for years. In fact, they have been growing in place for about four years, at the 80-plus acre Oregon nursery owned by InstantHedge creator Brent Markus. Using patented technology and GPS tracking equipment, the nursery’s rows of trees are meticulously trimmed to create a dense and consistent hedge. That hedgerow is then dug up in 40-inch sections, shipped in a sturdy cardboard box and are ready to plant. “We don’t ship plants,” says Brent. “We ship plantscapes.”





Brent got the idea for InstantHedge while on a trip to Holland in 2012. In 2014 he planted more than 400,000 plants. Now with some of them topping 6 ft., it’s time to dig and ship. Brent has 13 different evergreen and deciduous varieties to choose from in zones ranging from 2-9, heights from 3-6 ft. and from full to partial sunlight. In the fall they plan to start selling 18-inch lengths of boxwood hedging.

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InstantHedge Featured in Lawn & Landscape

Posted 2/21/2018


InstantHedge offers 13 varieties of ready-to-plant hedges, covering hardiness zones 2-9, heights of 3-6 feet, and full to partial sunlight requirements. Hedges currently ship in biodegradable cardboard boxes with a plastic fabric pot version under development. In addition to the large hedges, they are also releasing an 18" boxwood hedge in fall 2018. Each InstantHedge is an evergreen or deciduous hedge sold in panels of four trees that have been pruned multiple times each year



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INSTANTHEDGE FEATURED ON LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT.NET

Posted 2/21/2018


InstantHedge, a nursery based in Canby, Ore., will release its live, ready-to-plant hedges in spring 2018. “Rather than waiting years for a traditional planting to grow together to form a screen, our InstantHedge provides immediate gratification as a ready-made solution for privacy and design,” said Brent Markus, founder of InstantHedge.


Each panel—consisting of four trees—is 40 inches and is available in heights of 3 to 4 feet or 5 to 6 feet and a thickness of 16 inches.

The hedges are delivered in plantable, biodegradable cardboard containers. There are three units per pallet and 90 units per truckload.

The trees have been cultivated for more than five years by experienced hands and precision-agricultural technologies, said the company.

Local satellite, high-frequency GPS guides InstantHedge’s patented equipment for planting, watering, root pruning, delicate sculpting and harvesting, ensuring uniformity and consistent quality.

InstantHedge currently offers thirteen varieties of evergreen and deciduous trees in heights ranging from four to six feet. The hedge units can be planted in any configuration and can conform to any landscape design.

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INSTANTHEDGE ANNOUNCES THE AVAILABILITY OF ITS FIRST EVER READY-TO-PLANT HEDGES

Posted 2/2/2018


The only nursery in the United States offering beautiful, thriving hedges, shipped ready to plant in a biodegradable cardboard box. Each elegant InstantHedge unit is designed for rapid planting - privacy and finished design in a day!


CANBY, OR, February 1, 2018 – InstantHedge announced that its high-quality, live, ready-to-plant hedges will be available in Spring 2018. The Company, five years in the making and planting, is the only nursery in the United States to offer this product. Using the precision of GPS and computer-controlled equipment, InstantHedge offers quality-controlled hedges sold as a unit consisting of several trees in a panel, ready to be planted for instant privacy. Up to 500 feet of trees – approximately 150 InstantHedge Units – can be planted in just one day.

Brent Markus, the founder of InstantHedge, said, “Utilizing technology with custom implements, we have created beautiful, high-quality hedges that we can furnish for any landscape. Rather than waiting years for a traditional planting to grow together to form a screen, our InstantHedge provides immediate gratification as a ready-made solution for privacy and design.”

The trees are cultivated over five years by experienced hands coupled with the most advanced precision-agricultural technologies. Local satellite, high frequency GPS guides InstantHedge’s patented equipment through the crops for planting, watering, root pruning, delicate sculpting, and harvesting, ensuring exceptional uniformity and consistent quality. InstantHedge currently offers thirteen varieties of evergreen and deciduous trees in heights ranging from four to six feet. The hedge units can be planted to conform to any landscape design.

Brent discovered his passion in his teens, landscaping his parents’ garden in a suburb of Chicago. He won his first award, the Chicago Tribune Garden Contest Best Collectors Garden, when he was 17, and his designs have been featured in numerous national publications. Brent attended Cornell University to study landscape architecture and received his Masters in Horticulture. Brent’s original nursery, Rare Tree Nursery has been operating from the same location for the past 11 years and specializes in Japanese Maples and Dwarf Conifers.

Headquartered in Canby, Oregon, InstantHedge maintains more than 80 acres of in-ground and container-grown hedges and offers year-round harvesting and shipping. The Company is now taking orders for delivery through 2020. For information, ordering, and pricing, visit InstantHedge, email order@instanthedge.com, or call 503.587.0102. For media inquiries contact pr@instanthedge.com.


QUICK FACTS:

  • Hedges can be planted in any configuration and can be customized and configured from a landscape architectural drawing.
  • 40’’ panels consisting of four trees are available in heights 3-4’ or 5-6’ tall and 16” thick. The hedges are delivered in plantable, biodegradable cardboard containers. There are three units per pallet, 90 units per truckload.
  • Accuracy of InstantHedge tractor’s GPS: 0.5”
  • Two rows are planted, trimmed and pruned at once.
  • Varieties (Name – Common Name)
    • Evergreen
      • Buxus x. ‘Green Mountain’ – Green Mountain Boxwood
      • Prunus laurocerasus – English or Cherry Laurel
      • Prunus lusitanica – Portuguese Cherry Laurel
      • Taxus x. media ‘Hicksii’ – Yew
      • Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaenis’ – "Skip" Cherry Laurel
      • Thuja occidentalis – American Arborvitae
      • Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ – Emerald Green Arborvitae
      • Thuja plicata ‘Virescens’ – Western Red Cedar
      • Thuja x ‘Green Giant’ – Green Giant Arborvitae
    • Deciduous
      • Fagus sylvatica – European Beech
      • Acer ginnala ‘Flame’ – Flame Amur Maple
      • Cornus mas – Cornelian Cherry
      • Acer campestre – Hedge Maple

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