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English Woodlands Burrow Nursery Blog

  • 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:


    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.


  • Glorious October Colour

    There are many trees and shrubs to choose for autumn colour. One of the best is Liquidambar, or 'sweet gum'. The species Liquidambar styracifluar can reach 20m - ideal for a large garden and is a superb specimen tree with maple shaped leaves. The smaller variety 'Worplesdon' ultimately reaches 12m and is well suited to this climate, both trees produce yellow/pink/red or deep burgundy leaves depending on the site and season.

    Several oak species give fantastic autumn colour, Quercus coccinea (Scarlet oak), Quercus rubra (Red oak) and Quercus palustris (Pin oak) are all stately trees with rich orange red autumn foliage.

    Many ornamental cherries (Prunus species) have good autumn colour, including the wild cherry P.avium, autumn cherry P.subhirtella Autumnalis and Japanese cherries such as P. Okame.

    The dwarf cherry Prunus Kojo-no-mai - is stunning in autumn as well as spring and proves there is a cherry tree suitable for every garden - looks great in a pot on a patio too.

    A lovely tree for a small garden with spring and autumn interest is Amelanchier - the June berry. Amelanchier lamarckii or A. Canadensis (very similar) and the varieties Ballerina and Snowflakes all have white flowers in spring and orange autumn colour.

    If you are planning to plant native hedges this autumn and would like to have autumn colour consider including the Guelder Rose, Viburnum opulus. Particularly good for moist soils it is supplied as a bare-root plant from November to March.

    Enjoy the autumn - whatever the weather!

  • Early autumn colour

    It's a great time of year - early autumn brings fruit, berries and foliage colour. In the nursery at the moment, crab apples look stunning - this year we have a new variety in stock called Malus Jelly King - obviously a great choice to make crab apple jelly with!

    Acers have begun to show their autumn colour too,  both the Japanese Acer palmatums as well as the larger Acer rubrum varieties such as October Glory.

    Autumn has begun with the promise of lots more interest in the months to come.


  • See us at the Woodfair!

    Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September 2017.

    If you are going to the Bentley Woodfair this weekend do come and say hello.


    We will be on the Bentley Lawn stand A15 as usual and look forward to seeing  you there.

  • Colourful climbers for autumn

    In late summer and early autumn there are some beautiful climbers for flower, fruit and foliage colour.

    The semi-evergreen climber Passiflora caerulea (passion flower) has wonderful exotic looking flowers but is relatively easy to grow, it is happy in clay, sandy or chalky soils and thrives in sun but will tolerate light shade. Ornamental orange fruit follows the flowers.

    Ornamental vines are quick growing deciduous climbers that thrive in a sunny site with well drained soil. Quickly covering a pergola for shade or adding interest to a wall or fence. Vitis cognetiae has large leaves with good autumn colour and Vitis Brandt has dark blue blushed fruit.

    You can also keep vines in large terracotta pots and train them up walls and pergolas on patios. Just keep them watered and fed during the growing season.

  • Hydrangeas for summer

    We think Hydrangeas are fabulous summer plants. Hydrangeas tolerate shade, flower profusely and can be used to great effect in flower arranging - fresh or dried.  All Hydrangeas like moist humus rich soil.

    Hydrange macrophylla - Traditional mop head Hydrangeas, can reach 1.5-2m in height depending on variety, they flower from June to September.  Hydrangea "Endless Summer®" can flower for even longer with an extended flowering from late spring into autumn.

    Hydrangea paniculata has long cone like flowers that are white or cream and fade to pink on varieties such as "Pinky Winky" or "Mega Mindy" they prefer more sunlight than H. macrophylla types and are very hardy.


  • Sussex Heritage Trust Award

    Highly CommendedWe are very pleased to announce that our customer service building has won a 'Highly Commended' in the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards commercial category entered by English Heritage Buildings.

    The competition was high so this is great news! The judge's comments were “A simple design, well executed in a delightful working environment.  An impressive modern building constructed from oak and slate.”

    We have had very positive feedback so far from customers and staff alike, so well done to English Heritage Buildings.

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