Root ball hedging is now available to order with all species now being lifted. Bare roots are to be lifted soon, anyone expecting bare roots this season please bear in mind that there is a knock on effect from the drastic weather we had during the growing season, meaning that bare roots are generally smaller than they should be this year. The late, harsh winter followed by a long hot summer has had drastic effect on the planting conditions. This is a well known issue across the horticulture industry, this does not mean that plants are of a lower standard and once planted and cared for, they will soon catch up to their expectations.
Remember that bare roots need to be planted straight away before they dry out, but if you do need to wait a couple of days before planting, make sure you keep them in a cold environment, like a shed for example and keep them watered. Don’t forget you can still order pot-grown trees and shrubs for planting in the winter which will make more of an impact than bare root hedging.
This is also a good time to transplant trees and shrubs growing in unsuitable positions. However, if they are more than a couple of years old, you are unlikely to be able to remove an intact enough rootball to ensure the plant’s survival in its new position, and you may be best advised to leave well alone.
taken from RHS