Hedge Planting Guide
The hardest part of installing a hedge is the preparation work, this usually means clearing out what was previously there, whether it was a fence, grass of even trees and shrubs.
The ground needs to be well prepared by mixing in some good organic matter such as compost, mulch or manure to fertilise the soil.
Planning The Layout
There are two methods for planting hedges and it depends on the density you want.
Single Row Hedge
This is where you plant your shrubs in a straight line at a recommended spacing, usually half a meter or more.
This usually applies to hedging that is mature in height and width which doesn't generally need much growing to provide an instant hedge. For younger shrubs and saplings, it is usually best to plant a two tier system.
The Two Tier System or Security Hedge
Planting a simple row of hedges such as English Cherry Laurel especially when they are young at half meter spaces can leave gaps for a prolonged period. It is common to plant a two tier hedge as can be seen below.
This allows the hedge to provide a good screen and give a good density in the later years once the shrubs have developed. It also means that the shrubs that would otherwise have been planted too close to one another won't be fighting each other for nutrients and water.
The Two Tier should also be used if planting a hedge for security purposes as tiers not only give more instant screening but also restrict easy passage between the shrubs or trees. Generally, if you are wanting to create a security hedge, then t is common to use shrubs that have thorns as an extra deterrent such as Pyracantha, Berberis or Holly.
Planting the Hedge
Watering: While preparing the holes, soak the pots or rootballs. Once, the ground has been prepared, the holes in which you are planning to plant should also be filled with water. This helps loosen the soil and help it bind to the new shrubs. It also means that any roots that come into contact can absorb water to help bed in as watering afterwards doesn't always saturate and reach all parts of the rootball.
The holes should be bigger than the pot or rootball and should be planted with Mycorrhizal fungi to help create an environment that will allow the roots to thrive and speed up the bedding in process.
After planting, you will need to water them in making sure the soil and compost you have added in is sufficiently compacted. Make sure the top of the pot or rootball is level with the rest of the ground. Planting any shrub or tree too low can cause the stem / truck to rot and planting too proud will put too much strain on the roots to provide an anchor. It can also dry out the exposed roots which can cause the shrub or tree to die.
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