|Hedge after two years|
The most economical way to buy hedge plants is bareroot when they're dormant (November to March here). They are easy to send that way - they are basically sticks with a bit of root on them. The one disadvantage with bareroot plants is that you have to plant them as soon as possible, at the outermost within the week. This can be a challenge in February! Usually we end up with at least one day of awful weather while we're planting.
It doesn't really matter when you plant the hedge in the dormant season as long as the ground is workable. We prefer to leave it to February or early March after the worst of the winter storms have passed, but if you don't have wind issues you could just as well do it in November.
|Prepped strips for the new hedge|
Unfortunately you can't just plant a hedge and leave it. Nascent hedges do need some nurturing:
- Regular weeding, maybe three times a year, particularly in the beginning. Don't be tempted to take a shortcut and use weed killer - you'll risk killing the hedge as well. There is really no substitute for doing this by hand.
- Regular mulching, at least once in spring before the leaves come back and once in autumn. This will keep the weeds down, moisture in and provide slow-release fertiliser to the new hedge.
|This year's new hedge needs weeding|
|Mulched hedge, first year|
And then, of course, it will soon be time to trim the hedges annually...