Now that September is upon us, it is time to start thinking about hedge planting for the winter. Whilst plants for hedging can be planted all year round if they are in containers, traditionally it is the winter months when significant and effective hedge planting takes place.
If you are looking to plant an indigenous hedge, and you are happy to wait for the hedge to grow and become established, the most cost effective method is to use bare root plants. For a completely new hedge, we recommend customers plant a mixed indigenous hedge, which will comprise of Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn), Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn), Fagus sylvatica (Beech), Euonymous europaeus (Spindle), Acer campestre (Field Maple) and Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose).
When planting a native hedge, we recommend using 60-80cm whips, using 5 plants per metre, planted in a double staggered row. This will give a very attractive hedge, with lots of interest and great for birds and wildlife.
We supply bare root hedge plants at our hedge nursery to order. Bare root plants are normally available from the end of November/beginning of December and are very dependent upon the weather conditions, which have to be right for lifting. Lifting cannot begin until the last of the leaves have fallen, and we are confident that the plants are in their dormant winter state.
However, if you are looking to plant a hedge that will give screenage immediately, then containerised plants are for you. As we have mentioned in previous blog posts, we have all established plants in containers for this purpose.
We are always able to advise on the most suitable plants for your needs, so do pop in to visit our hedge nursery just outside Arundel and browse the many plants we have available.