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Monthly Archives: November 2017

  • Bare root plants available!

    Plants for hedges are supplied bare root from November to March when they are dormant. This is an economical way to plant new deciduous hedges. Our plants are well rooted, strong plants you may see cheaper on the web but would find it hard to get better quality.

    Our Hedge Packs of 25 plants are ideal for small quantities (one pack is sufficient for 5 metres planted in a double staggered row) or are ideal for gapping up an existing hedge. Available in a 60-80cm size comprising 12 Hawthorn, 4 Field Maple, 3 Hazel, 3 Spindle and 3 Blackthorn.

    Hedge packs are now available in the nursery at the larger size 90-120cm comprising 13 Hawthorn, 4 Field Maple, 4 Hazel and 4 Hornbeam.

    For larger quantities our classic Country Hedge mix is available with 50% hawthorn and a combination of other species supplied in bundles of 25 plants.

    Single species such as beech and hornbeam make attractive garden hedges . A variety of sizes are available, the largest usually used for hedging is 125-150cm. Evergreen plants are supplied at small sizes such as Yew 30-40cm and Box 20-30cm - well branched sturdy plants.

    Need advice? Follow the links above and telephone or visit to discuss your requirements.

  • Bare root plants for Hedges

    We have listened to our customers most frequent questions about planting bare root plants for hedges and compiled our recommendations for you:

    How many will I need?

    New mixed hedges are usually planted at a spacing of 5 plants per metre (approximately 4 plants per yard). This allows for 2 rows with plants staggered – see diagram below:

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    Double row – typically 30cm (12”) between the rows with plants spaced at 40cm (16”) along each row.

    Will they need protection?

    Bare root hedge plants are vulnerable to rabbit and deer damage, particularly in rural areas. For protection from rabbits, spiral guards should be used with canes to support them. Alternatively, the entire hedge can be fenced off with chicken wire, with the base of the wire firmly buried in the soil. Deer fencing generally needs to be 1.8m high, see our website for planting accessories or ask for advice.

    How should I store them after purchase?

    You should be able to keep the plants in the bags they were supplied in for up to 10 days as long as they are frost free and the roots are kept moist but not sitting in water. Beyond 10 days “heel-in” the plants by digging a hole or small trench, removing the plants from the bags keeping them in their bundles, spread the roots out and cover the roots with soil, then firm gently.

    Care when planting

    At the planting site check the roots are not dry – if necessary dip them in a bucket of water (do not soak). To prevent the roots from drying out in the wind, leave the plants in the bag, taking them out only as you plant them, alternatively cover the roots with damp sacking. We highly recommend you dip plants in Mycorrhizae gel at this stage, or granules for small quantities – see our separate guide on How to use Rootgrow in our downloadable advice section. Fertilisers, such as bonemeal, can be mixed in with the soil around the plant roots and, depending on the soil type, a 50/50 soil/compost mixture can be used to avoid large air spaces around the roots.

    Care after planting

    Weeds compete for water, nutrients and light so plant into soil free from perennial weeds (including grass) and keep them weed free in the first two years. Mulch mat rolls such as woven polypropylene and bark can be used as a weed suppressant. Water during the first spring and summer if logistically possible.

    Bad Weather?

    Don’t plant into waterlogged or frozen soil - wait until conditions improve. See our blogs in Cold weather Planting and Storage for more information.

  • Plants for autumn berries

    Autumn brings an array of foliage colours and also an abundance of berries including Pyracantha, Cotoneaster, the beauty berry Callicarpa Profusion and of course Ilex, or holly.

    A reliable holly for bright red berries - Ilex J C Van Tol is looking stunning at the moment.  It is one of the most reliable female fruiting forms, with glossy dark green, almost spineless leaves.

    It is tolerant of clay, some shade and can be used for hedging and topiary. It has an open habit and forms a small tree - a not so prickly holly!

    Holly J C Van Tol Ilex acquifolium J C Van Tol

     

  • See us at FutureScape

    If you are are going to FutureScape today look us up on stand 153 -

    "The UK's number 1 landscaping trade event. Don't miss your chance to network with the biggest names in landscaping, garden design, the grounds maintenance market and more."

    And well done to Jess for setting up the stand yesterday !

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  • Rootballed Hedge plants in stock!

    High quality rootballed hedge plants are available from November to March.

    Field grown and pruned so they make bushy plants, we have two evergreen species that make great clipped hedges.

    Yew and Thuja Rootballed hedge plants

     

    Taxus - yew - a traditional hedge plant ideal on lighter soils; for topiary and as a background to herbaceous borders.

    Thuja - western red cedar - ideal for heavier soils than Yew can tolerate, can be clipped hard and regrows well.

     

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