After a dry winter we have now had an abnormally warm period which has made a lot of the plants think that we are coming into spring. Here on the Hedgeplants.com nursery we are seeing a few of the instant hedging ranges show signs of coming out of dormancy with either swelling and greening of the new buds or starting to come into leaf. With this breaking of dormancy comes an increased demand for water and in some cases food as well.
With the dry winter we have been having there is not much available water at the moment and what rain we have been having it is not really soaking into the soil. So now is a good time to start adding additional water especially for newly planted instant hedging plants. On the nursery we have already started watering to help boost the plants.
Giving additional water now when the instant hedging plants are just starting to put new growth out will help with establishment as well as maximise the amount of growth that you get in a season. We would recommend watering at the moment once a week and slowly increasing this frequency as the amount of leaf increases and the days get warmer.
As a guide of watering a trough instant hedging will require 3-5 litres of water per day in the height of the summer, and if planting from a Hedge bag it will require 10-15 litres of water per day in the height of the summer. These are just guides and more maybe needed if it is really hot and windy and less if it is cooler and damp.
It is also a good time to add some slow release fertiliser around your plants as this will again help to maximise the amount of growth that you will get in a year. Doing this work now will give your plants a great boost and give you a great looking and happy hedge for the coming year.