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Planting Queries

12/06/2019
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All About Instant Hedging

What Is Instant Hedging? Instant hedging is the ultimate way to achieve show garden standards without the wait. If you’re planning to make the most of the warm weather with garden parties and days spent lounging on the lawn, instant hedging can create an established hedge quickly, offering privacy, colour and texture. Instant hedging is grown in a metre long trough and is regularly pruned to give you a solid hedging unit that has already knitted together, both foliage and roots, providing a healthy hedge with a high success rate. Instant hedging... Read More

20/11/2015

Do you offer a planting service?

Planting a hedge is really easy and the majority of our customers do it themselves or pass the responsibility onto a local gardener or landscaper. Here at Best4hedging we don’t offer a planting service however we can recommend a local member of the British Association of Landscape Industries, for large planting projects. For those willing to face the task by taking the ‘do it yourself’ approach, we’ve included some videos as a helpful guide as to what you need to plant a hedge. We also have some words of wisdom alongside... Read More

20/09/2015

How do I improve the quality of my soil?

Before looking to improve the quality of your soil, it is important to identify which soil type you are working with. Our previous blog will help you achieve this as it gives a quick guide to soil types ranging from clay, sandy, silty, chalky and loamy conditions. It’s also vital that you know what hedging plant species are tolerant to different soil conditions as certain species are suited to dry soils whereas certain species thrive in wet soils. It’s important to make sure your soil is of a decent quality... Read More

01/09/2015

Do I leave the hessian sack on root ball plants when I plant them?

A lot of people are confused when they see a large sack covering the entire root system of their plants and wonder whether or not they need to take it off. To solve any confusion, the answer is yes you should leave it on. The material covering your roots is called a hessian sack which is bio-degradable and will disintegrate over time, so there is no need to worry about having to take it off or any damage to the environment. It is important to leave the hessian sack on... Read More

04/08/2015

Do you sell anything to prevent weeds?

Here at Best4hedging, we stock two different weed suppressing products. The first being Mulch Mat, which is a biodegradable fabric made from 100% recycled materials. The second option is Mypex ground cover which is made from a woven fabric. Both of these products insulate the soil and protect your plants from weeds without the need for chemical weed killers (which can be detrimental to your hedge). You can find both of these weed suppressing fabrics in our range of Planting Essentials. For any further queries, head over to our Planting... Read More

01/08/2015
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Should I use horse manure?

Countless garden enthusiasts question themselves on whether or not to use horse manure as an effective compost. Here at Best4hedging, we are no strangers to using horse manure when planting a hedge, however it is not essential. If you have planted with our highly recommended Rootgrow and Bonemeal, your hedge will already be receiving a sufficient amount of nutrients to allow for healthy establishment. For those of you who are unaware of how to plant with these suggested nutrient enhancers, we have created an instructional video with running commentary to assist you... Read More

20/07/2015

If the ground is frozen, can I plant? If not, how do I store my plants during cold weather?

The hardy covering of frost can be quite deceiving. When a ground frost is present it is usually only the top couple of inches of ground that is hard and cold, beneath the ground should still be a safe environment for your plants’ root system. There may be some complications when planting bare roots and root balls during frosts due to the availability of this root type, it is inevitable that some orders will be delivered after a frost as the ground may become unsuitable for our nursery team to be... Read More

20/07/2015

Do I need to prune my hedging plants on arrival?

It’s not unusual to be hesitant towards pruning your new hedging plants straight after planting, but you have no reason to be worried. It is a good idea to give your new hedge a light prune as this will encourage new growth in your hedge whilst also creating a uniformed shape from the start and will ensure all of your hedge plants grow at a similar rate. The only exception to this rule is Box hedging. Box should not be pruned straight after planting as the roots of Buxus plants require... Read More

20/06/2015

What should I do with my plants upon arrival?

At Best4hedging we emphasise the fact that our hedging plants are living things and require water, light and fresh air to survive. This being said, we understand that it is not always possible to plant straight away. Therefore, there are certain short term measures that can be taken to ensure your plants receive the care they need until you’re ready to plant. Bare root hedge plants – If you will be planting within a few days from delivery it is best to remove your hedge plants from the box or pallet... Read More

20/06/2015

When to plant hedging plants?

At Best4hedging we have a huge choice of different species and root types. Our vast range includes hedging plants that can be planted year round as well as hedge plants that can only be planted during the dormant season – Autumn to Spring. The main benefit of pot grown and cell grown hedging plants is that they can be purchased and planted year round so you do not need to worry about what time of year it is. For an easy to follow demonstration of how to plant a pot grown... Read More