By Philip Schmidt, Networx

A hedgerow in any sense or form is a living wall -- a beautiful, breathing structure that can rival steel in strength and stone in longevity. For centuries, hedgerows have been used to draw property lines, contain livestock, buffer wind and define and beautify the grounds of palaces and farming homesteads alike. Today, after many years as a horticultural relic, the hedgerow is making a comeback, not only in agriculture and through wildlife preservation efforts, but also in the suburban landscape, where a well-planned living wall can be the perfect privacy screen and much more.