• How To Plant A Bare Root Hedge

    August 7, 2020 | Planting Advice

    Please follow our 10 step guide on how to plant a bare root hedge

    The first step to planting success is preparing the ground where your plants will take root. It is vital that you thoroughly weed the surrounding area, approximately 30cm each side of the proposed hedge line, to protect your new plants.  You need to keep this area weed free and grass free for at least the first 12 months whilst your hedge is establishing.

    If you are using Mypex fabric or irrigation, lay it in place at this stage.

    Next, you should dig a trench or series of holes (in the Mypex if using) for your plants. The trench/holes should be as deep as the root of your plant and roughly twice the width. It is important to use a fork to loosen the soil inside the trench (bottom and sides) to aid drainage and root development.

    The secret to a successful hedge is to enrich the soil with an organic matter, digging some well-rotted manure or compost into the soil is a great way to improve nutrient levels. We also highly recommend the use of RootGrow as it aids in water and nutrient retention and dramatically improves the success rate and vitality. You can also use Bonemeal, a slow releasing fertiliser.  RootGrow should come into contact with the roots – Bonemeal should not (ie mix it thoroughly through the soil in the hole.

    Once you have prepared the soil, you need to place your plants the correct distance apart, this can be done with a ruler or bamboo cane and string. Your planting distances will be defined by the number of plants you have ordered, the length of the area and whether or not you choose to double stagger your plants, or plant in a single row.

    The most vital part of planting is ensuring your new plants receive ample water. Before planting (and before applying Rootgrow), drench each plant and half fill each hole with water and let it drain away.

    Place the plants into the holes and check that the soil meets the same height as the old soil mark on the plant – this can be done with a straight stick laid across the surface of the ground to make sure you don’t plant too deep (or too shallow).

    Back-fill and then firm the soil in around the plants to ensure there are no air pockets for frost to creep in to.

    Again, water each plant thoroughly. This watering helps take soil particles into all the air gaps and bring the soil into contact with all the fine feeding roots.

    If you know there is a rabbit problem in the area, please consider rabbit guards which whilst expensive (almost as much as the plant!) can save heartache and can help nurture small plants by creating a shelter like a tiny plastic greenhouse. You will also need a bamboo cane to hold the rabbit guard upright. Rabbit guards can only be used on small cell grown and bare root plants – other plants are too bulky to fit inside.

    If you would like any further advice we would always advise you to give the team a call on 01257 263 232 or email [email protected] We want to help you give your bare roots the best start in life!

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