Hedge planting is something everyone should consider doing. Hedges are a
vital part of our ecosystem here in Britain, as well as providing a strong and lasting boundary for us they are invaluable to hundreds of species of birds, animals and insects.
A lot of hedges were removed to make way for larger fields to increase profitability in agriculture, thankfully in more recent times the value of Britain's hedgerows has been realized and replanting has been carried out in abundance.
Winter is the best time to plant hedges, between October and March. Firstly decide which species you would like to make up the hedge. A common choice is Hawthorne (Crataegus monogyna), but it's also possible to use other species like: Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). These species make a refreshing change to the multitude of conifer hedging in Britain today.
Hedging plants are quite cheap to buy and are available in most nurseries. After preparing the ground and removing weeds, the plants need to be spaced at about 30 cm preferably in 2 rows to give the hedge a decent width. Using a spade create a slit in the soil and place the plant taking care to plant it at the same depth it was originally grown in at the nursery (you will be able to see the soil mark on the stem), carefully press your heel each side of the plant to secure it in the soil. place a rabbit guard over it and then a cane to stabilize it.
If you have plenty of space, you can also incorporate trees into the new hedgerow, Oak (Quercus Robur), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), or even apple trees can make a nice inclusion to a hedgerow.
Planting a hedgerow is a satisfying undertaking as well as providing a valuable addition to the environment you are also creating something that could potentially last several centuries.
If you would like any advice on hedge planting or if you require us to do it for you please get in touch.