Planting Conditions


How well do you know your Soil?

The Best4Hedging guide to identifying your soil type Recognising what type of soil you are working with in your garden is essential before purchasing hedging plants or shrubs as different species prefer certain conditions. All soils consist of the same basic materials; a variety of mineral and rock particles, however the different concentrations of certain particles in each soil determines which of the 5 main soil categories it falls into. The success of your plants depends on how well they can deal with the conditions faced and whether they can easily absorb the moisture and... Read More

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Frog-Friendly Gardens

The amphibious family often found in our gardens will always have a special place in our hearts, almost all of us will have fond memories of encounters with these unique critters. Many of us will remember how they helped to educate us as youngsters with the wonder of metamorphosis. As children, we awed over the strange looking frog spawn in the local pond; the wriggles and squirms of tad poles and the development of small limbs that form our much-loved frogs. They are one of few species of garden wildlife... Read More

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RSPB Approved Bird Friendly Hedge Packs

Autumn is a time of change, a change of temperature as the months turn cooler leaving summer behind, a change of colour with the falling leaves leaving our streets covered in blanket of golden browns. We say goodbye to birds who leave for migration and hello to those who are looking for food for the upcoming months. This is the perfect time be thinking about the wintering bird species that need our help.  The RSPB are now the largest nature conservation charity in the country, founded in 1889, they continue to grow with... Read More


Feeding hedges, shrubs and roses

The first thing we should address is if it’s actually necessary to feed your plants. And the simple answer is yes. However, this differs between different types of plants; whereas Roses and containerised plants require regular feeding, hedges and shrubs can get by with the occasional feed. Many gardeners presume that plants only need feeding when they begin to show signs of poor growth, however poor growth can also be related to other factors such as drought, pests and weather damage, rather than a lack of nutrients. So when exactly... Read More


April Gardening Advice 2019

Now that the clocks have changed and we’re ‘springing forward’ towards better weather (hopefully), you’ll finally start to see your hard work from the winter months appearing as bright foliage and striking blossoms in your garden.  But it’s not time to sit back and enjoy it just yet, there’s plenty of jobs to do this month and here’s our pick of the most important: Planting and pruning You can still buy and plant bare root and rootball hedging and we have started our cold storage technique, for more information on this... Read More

houseplants 12/04/2015

House plants – A how-to guide

At Best4hedging we provide a lot of information about how to care for the hedging and shrubs in your garden, but we know that sometimes you might need a helping hand with your smaller, indoor plants, so we’ve put together this easy-to-follow guide to make sure your houseplants are just as healthy as your hedging. Light As you know, all plants need light to survive, but it’s not as easy as just placing your houseplant in front of a window, there’s a little bit more to consider. The majority of... Read More

bare root cold store 07/04/2015

What is cold storage?

Cold storage is a method of prolonging the dormant season of bare root hedging plants. It means that they can safely be planted slightly beyond what is normally considered the end of the bare root season i.e. late March/early April. A cold store is, in essence, just a huge fridge. It is dark and the temperatures are kept just below freezing (-3C). This tricks the plants into staying dormant when the weather outside is beginning to reach temperatures and light levels which would normally start them into growth – effectively... Read More

new spring growth 26/03/2015

Give your plants a spring boost

It’s not long now until your garden will be bursting into life with beautiful blossoms, bright foliage and a huge array of wildlife eager to enjoy what spring has in store. So, help get your plants get ready for the new growing season with a spring boost of food, water and mulch and you’ll be rewarded with vigorous, healthy new growth. Feeding Giving your plants a spring feed will help to encourage both root and shoot development, giving you a good yield of flowers and fruits, and a good amount of... Read More

pulling weeds 10/03/2015

Weed Watch – How to remove weeds

Weeds get a lot of bad press, and although the majority of it is warranted, we should remember that technically weeds are just plants that have ended up in the wrong place, and in the words of Amos Pettingill, “…a good gardener always starts as a good weeder”. So really you should be thankful for all the weeds you’ve battled with in the past, as they’ve made you the gardener you are today. Weeds can be seedlings from another plant or invasive species that have found their way into your garden,... Read More

rosemary hedge plants 07/03/2015

Hedging for dry sites

Not all of us gardeners are lucky enough to have perfect planting conditions but discovering your garden has dry soil doesn’t mean your gardening days are over. There’s plenty of hedging plants with low moisture and maintenance requirements that delight in dry situations and we’ve put together a list of our favourites for you to choose from. When looking for hedge plants for dry sites, the foliage can often reveal how well suited a particular plant is to long periods of drought . Hedging with grey-green or silvery foliage is a great choice for dry soils as... Read More