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 can be purchased year-round and comes delivered in either a trough or bag for easy planting. Available in a range of hedging species, including our most popular species, our instant troughs will look great in any garden.

This instant hedge effect requires the skilled work of experienced nursery staff and to achieve this look in your own garden, with individual hedge plants, could take between 2-5 years. The time, skill and resources that go into growing these pre-clipped hedging troughs are reflected in their price. However, the immediate effect of planting any of our instant hedging troughs is completely worthwhile and will provide you with a show-garden quality hedge, instantly.

How Is Instant Hedging Delivered?

All of our instant hedging is delivered, on pallets, in the troughs or bags they were grown in. The troughs are made from either firm plastic or heavy duty hessian, both of which have handles at either end for easy manoeuvring. We use these materials to ensure your instant hedging units are as light as possible. All of our instant hedge units can be handled by two fit people.

How Do I Plant Instant Hedging?

Planting instant hedging couldn’t be easier. There’s no need to worry about calculating how many plants you need per metre as they have already been spaced out for you. Simply buy one 1m unit for every metre of hedge you require. Instant hedges will require two people to lift. Follow our planting instructions below, using one trough for every one metre of planting site:

  1. Start by digging a trench roughly as deep as the instant hedging trough or bag, leaving enough additional space to dig in some well-rotted organic matter.
  2. Next, sprinkle Rootgrow in the bottom of the trench, following the recommended quantities found on the packet.
  3. Remove the hedging unit (you’ll need two people for this), and place it in the trench.
  4. Backfill and firm the hedging unit down into the trench.
  5. Water your new hedge well and then sit back and enjoy the instant impact it adds to your garden.

To achieve the same effect using hedging plants with a different root type, such as bare roots or pot grown plants, would take between 2-5 years of growth and maintenance. This means that although instant hedging has a slightly higher cost, it’s relative to the time, skill and resources that have been put into creating a ready-made, finished hedging unit that provides instant results in your garden.

Take a look at our full range of instant hedging for more information or tweet me @best4hedging with any planting queries and I’ll be happy to help.

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