Plant Care

How to store hedges prior to planting

 

Potgrown Hedges

These hedges can remain in their containers for several weeks until you are ready to plant. It is very important to keep potgrown hedges watered daily if hot or dry and keep sheltered from full sun and harsh winds.

How to plant your hedges

TRY NOT TO PLANT

When there is a very cold wind – or at least make sure the plants are out of the pots or bags for the minimum time. Do not plant when there is a heavy frost or snow lying on the ground.

PREPARATION

 

  1. For hedging supplied in troughs: Dig a trench measuring roughly 20cm deep and 30cm wide. For hedging supplied in bags: Dig a trench measuring roughly 30cm deep and 40cm wide.
  2. Loosen the soil at the base of the planting hole breaking it up with a garden fork, but do not turn it over.  Do the same for the side of the hole, so new roots can spread more easily into the soil.  It is important in clay soils to avoid any smearing of the soil which can stop the water draining away.

Note: If you should have shallow topsoil, with poor subsoil, it is well worth replacing the subsoil with a better quality ‘imported’ topsoil.

PLANTING

4. Take the plant out of the trough or pot and place centrally in the planting hole.  If the plant is dry give it a good watering before planting.  If the branches are tied up with string, remove this before planting. 

 

5. Lay a bamboo cane or stake across the hole to check the plant and soil level is the same level. 

Note: If you need to adjust the depth of the hole add or remove soil as necessary to get the correct height.  This is very important as a few centimetres too deep or to shallow can be fatal to a plant.

Caring for your new hedges

Lots of Water

After planting a hedge during the winter, it will require regular watering. We would recommend using an irrigation system. If this is not possible then you can soak the soil surrounding the hedge twice weekly.
If you can see the hedge is wilting, don’t wait until your ‘set day’, ensure you water it straight away.
However, be sure to avoid over watering, so do not water the hedges every day.
Keep the moisture in by adding mulch around the base of the hedge.

Protect from the Wind

Keep hedges protected from the wind by setting up a wind break. You can easily construct one from fine mesh held up with stakes.
This can help prevent larger hedge plants being blown over by the wind.

 

Trimming

Anew hedge can have a light trim to tidy it up and give it some shape straight after planting. Any major trimming can be done in the winter months for deciduous but evergreens are best trimmed in the summer.

How to effectively trim your hedges

We would typically advise you to carry out formative pruning for the first couple of years after planting your hedge. This is best done in the winter months or early spring. Followed by maintenance trimming bi-annually for formal hedging, ideally between spring and summer.

Here’s a guide to what tools you should be using based on hedge type.

Secateurs

 

Shears

 

Hedge-trimmer

  • conifer hedges
  • established privet
  • hawthorn
  • large deciduous hedges

mixed native hedges

For more in-depth hedge trimming guides visit our blog page.