This section is from the book "Beautiful Gardens - How To Make Them And Maintain Them", by Walter P. Wright. Also available from Amazon: Beautiful Gardens: How To Make And Maintain Them.
Privet and Quick are, perhaps, the most common of boundary hedges. They are rapid growers in good soil, and bear cutting. Either makes a good hedge, the former evergreen, the latter bare in winter; or they might be planted in mixture. Choose the Thorn for strong land, and Privet for chalk. It is false economy to buy mere slips, untransplanted. The better plan is to purchase transplanted " stuff " 2 to 3 feet high, and head it back after planting. A favourable price for transplanted 2-3 feet oval-leaved Privet would be 12s. to 18s. per 100; and of Thorns 5s. to 7s. 6d. per 100. The plants should be put in 9 inches apart. The "Myrobella," or Myrobalan Plum, is coming into favour as a hedge plant, in some districts displacing Quick; it costs about the same in proportion to size of plant.
Fencing varies enormously in cost, and as it may easily become a very expensive item in a large place, careful consideration must be given to it. Perhaps the cheapest form is strand wire strained on to Oak posts. Not less than three lines of wire are required; four or five are generally used. A wire fence will check stock, but will be of little value as a protection from the weather. If more shelter is wanted a Larch spar fence, costing about 2s. per yard run, may be used. Better still is an Oak paling fence, but it is much dearer. A fence 5 feet high would probably cost 7s. per yard run, but the cost varies in different districts.