Hedges, now's the time to plant them.
Plant deciduous hedges from November to March - the weather should force them to be fully dormant, and evergreen hedges (avoid bare root for evergreen- except buxus ssp.) in March or April - that will minimizing frost damage.
If you using bare root- plant for deciduous hedges, good idea is to soak whole bundle of plants well at least an hour before planting-simply plunge them in bucket full of water as the most valuable roots- fiber roots are dying immediately exposed on drying wind or exposed on sun.
Never leave bare roots hedging material exposed!!!
If you have to postpone planting day you can storage plants on site. To do this choose shelter part of garden, dig a trench deep enough to cover roots system, place each plant to be sure the roots will be covered by soil - use the excavated topsoil.
Native hedges are:
- Acer campestre -field maple
Carpinusd betulus - Hornbeam
Cornus sanguinea - common dogwood
Corylus avellana- Hazel
Crataegus monogyna - white hawthorn
Euonymus europaeus- spindle
Fagus sylvatica- common beech
Hippophae rhamnoides - sea buckthorn
Ligustrum vulgare- Wild privet
Malus sylvestris - crab apple
Prunus spinosa- Blackthorn
Rosa arvensis- field rose
Rosa canina- Dog rose
Rosa rubuginosa- sweet briar
Salix caprea- Pussy willow
Salix purpurea- purple osier
Salix viminalis- osier
Sambucus nigra- common elder
Viburnum lantana- Wayfaring tree
Viburnum opulus- guelder rose
In mnost situations it is the best to plant in double row 4 plants/meter (40-45cm betwens rows and 50cm apart in row). in mostly situations that combination will create a dense hedge.
If you are only allow to put one single row -because space is limited- plant 30 cm apart.
Prune deciduous plants immediately after whole hedge is planted. Please do not hesitate to prune them hard!! if you will let them grow - your hedge will never be as dense as should be from the ground level.
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