Hedge Planting needn't be complex; watch our 2 minute videos or use our simple 10 step guide and take a look at our Root Type Specific Instructions below to arm yourself with all of the knowledge you need to plant a successful hedge.
Video : How to plant a pot grown hedge
Video : How to plant a bare root hedge
Overview – 10 Step Planting Guide
There is an alternative planting method for bare root plants which is much quicker/easier but does not always give the same results - consider it if you have a very long stretch of hedging to plant. it's called notch planting and you simply put a spade into the soil, push it away from you with your foot to create a notch shaped gap behind the spade, drop the bare root plant into the gap, release the space and firm in. Even if you cut corners and use this method to plant, please don't cut corners on the watering! You still need to plant into weed/grass free soil.
Root Type Specific Instructions – (Extra points to remember)
Root Balls and Bare Root Hedging
For Root Ball and Bare Root Hedging Plants it is best to avoid planting when there has been heavy rainfall as the soil will be too compacted for new roots to establish. Also do not plant in very frosty/windy weather as this will affect the roots whilst they are exposed to the air.
Root Balls and Bare Roots should be planted as soon as possible however it is fine to keep them for a few days if needed. Root Balls should be kept moist and stored in a sheltered area, not a green house. Bare Roots should be thoroughly drenched, then once the water has drained off, stored in a sheltered space, again, not a green house. If you need to store your Bare Root hedging for a longer period of time then you can use a soft patch of ground, such as a vegetable patch to plunge the roots into (called "heeling in"). Temporarily planted in a bundle at a 45 degree angle so that they don't take root permanently, your Bare Roots will be protected from frost and can be planted into their final position any time before the spring.
Key Points to remember when planting Root Balls:
Key Points to remember when planting Bare Roots:
Pot Grown Hedging
Key Points to remember when planting Pot Grown Plants: