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Hedging Basics

Planting a new hedge can be hugely rewarding, it can add privacy and security, create structure and be very wildlife friendly

Types of hedging:
  A wide range of plants can be grown as hedging, formal evergreens such as Buxus (box) and Laurel or others such as Escallonia and Cotoneaster can be used. Then there are the native types such as Hazel Beech or Hawthorn, which are best planted as ‘bare-root’ plants which will be in-stock from mid-October onwards.
 
Slit’ or ‘Trench’ planting?
  Slit planting is surprisingly easy for bare-root plants. Push a spade straight down into the soil to a depth of around  15-23cm (6-9inches) and waggle it back and forth to make a slit about 3cm (1 inch) wide.  Pop the roots into the hole, only as deep as the soil level on the stem, and then use your foot to close the hole around the roots. That’s it! Just repeat for the rest.
  A normal trench or planting hole is better suited for pot grown plants.

 

 

Planting tip and aftercare
  To make a more effective and thicker ‘bare-root’ hedge you can plant in staggered or zigzag rows spacing the plants about 30cm (12”) apart. Using a mycorrhizal fungi called ‘Rootgrow’, when planting,  will help establish your plants much quicker and provide them with a huge secondary root system that will
support them for their lifetime.
 
  In Spring cutting back any new top growth by a few inches will ensure your hedge becomes lush and full from the base upwards.