The blousy days of summer are well and truly over now, and although I love summer I’ve moved on and turned my attention to hedges, roses and trees.
I’m a big fan of hedges
- they define the boundaries of your garden
- can be used to separate areas or create definition in flower border
- they’re also invaluable for providing food and shelter for wildlife, you’ll be repaid for this when birds and insects eat the pests in your garden.
What with warm soil and cool temperatures, it’s the perfect time to plant hedges, even better is buying them as bare-root plants because it’s a much cheaper option.
In this form, they’re field grown, dug up and the roots are simply wrapped rather than being sold in pots.
The reason that they’re such great value is because they’re relatively easy for nurseries to grow and transport. Although they’re quite small and juvenile, they quickly catch–up with their potted cousins.
They can look a bit disappointing when they arrive, they’re usually bought mail-order or via the internet. Deciduous plants won’t have any leaves and frankly look quite spindly, but have faith, with the right care they’ll flourish.
So if you’re thinking of planting a hedge, now’s the time for action. Bare-root hedging will be available from next month and although they’re available till Spring, for best results it’s good to get them planted before the end of the year.
I’ve just ordered 45 metres of bare-root Beech hedging for a garden that I recently designed. We’ll prepare the area for planting really well, digging a trench and adding lots of chunky compost before they’re planted.
During winter they’ll develop a healthy root system that will get them off to a good start next spring. Spring seems to be a dry period these days, so they’ll be watered regularly at the end of the winter and during the year if it’s very dry. By the following year they’ll be able to fend for themselves.
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Have a good week.
images: Jill Anderson.
photo at top was taken at Bryansground garden.