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How to plant a Bare root hedge

Bare root hedges are ideal to plant up a larger area at a lower cost. 


1. Unwrap the bundle of bare root plants as soon as they arrive and stand them in a bucket of water to dampen the roots.


2. Lay out a line of string along the planting area to ensure the hedge will be straight. Check the correct spacing for your bare  root plants,  then place them out along the line. Deciduous native hedging plants like hazel or hawthorn can be planted in a double staggered row, while yew, beech and hornbeam should be planted out as singles. 

3. Dig a planting trench that is wide enough for the roots to spread out. Add in mycorrhizal fungi, which will help the roots to establish quicker, sprinkle this over the wet roots.

4. Back fill the trench with soil being careful not to damage the roots as you push in the soil. Do this to the soil level you can see marked on the bare roots from were they were lifted. 

5. Prune any deciduous plants when you have planted them, to encourage bushy growth to develop from low down. Cut back hawthorn, blackthorn and privet to 30cm high, water in well.  For the first year, water during long dry spells.