Archive for September, 2015

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2015

Last Friday, we joined the nation’s tastiest fundraiser, the Macmillan Coffee Morning, to raise money for a very good cause and enjoy some delicious cakes in the process. Altogether we raised £111.10 so thank you to all our bakers and cake tasters!

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Hedges Direct through the years…

As we’re celebrating our 10th Birthday this month, we wanted to give you an insight into the history of Hedges Direct and how the company has changed over the last 10 years.hedges direct team

2005 – Hedges Direct was established in 2005. In the very beginning, all business was conducted with one laptop and a mobile phone. There were 14 orders in the first week and as the team only consisted of myself and my husband Dave, we used to take our laptop on holiday and drive up a hill to get a broadband signal using a dongle so that we could download the orders – sometimes we even had to use the internet in local libraries to be able to work.

 

2006 – We moved from our home office in Bath into a portable cabin and began selling bare roots as well as container grown plants.

 

2008 – We expanded into a bigger portable cabin to accommodate two new employees and started selling cell grown plants and root balls.

 

2011 – The business relocated up north to Five Acres Nursery in Euxton, Lancashire.

 

2012 – A new despatch shed was built on the site to accommodate the increased number of orders being processed.

 

2013 – Hedges Direct first began selling turf and instant hedging.

 

2013 – This year saw the beginning of our relationship with ITV’s Love Your Garden.

 

2014Pleached trees were added to our catalogue of products.

 

2015 – Hedges Direct was awarded Feefo Gold Trusted Merchant accreditation.

 

2015 – September marks the 10th anniversary of Hedges Direct.

When is the best time to plant a hedge?

We often get asked when the best time to plant a hedge is and the answer is completely dependent on the root type of the hedging plants. Each root type has a specific time frame in which to plant to achieve the best results –

Bare roots

Bare root hedging must be planted when dormant, from November to April, however this planting period can be extended through to early May with the use of cold stored plants. Always check the ground is not frozen before planting and that frosts have not been forecast. All hedging plants are dormant during this period, however evergreen hedge plants hold their leaves whilst deciduous hedging loses them.

Root balls

Similar to bare roots, root ball hedging can only be planted during the dormant season, however this is slightly long for root balls, lasting from October to May with the exception of Box hedging, which can be planted in root ball form all year round.Yew root ball hedging

Pot grown plants

Pot grown hedging can be planted all year round other than when the ground is frozen, frosts are forecast or during very hot weather. You can store pot grown plants for a few weeks before planting in the ground, providing you keep them well-watered.

Cell-grown plants

Cell grown hedge plants can also be planted at any time of the year with the same exceptions that apply to pot grown plants.

Instant hedging

Instant hedging is available to buy and plant year round but we recommend that you avoid planting during both freezing temperatures and extremely hot weather.Griselinia instant hedging

Pleached trees

Pleached trees are grown as root balls so are only available for planting from October to May when they are dormant.

Ivy screens

These green screens can be planted any time of the year, providing the ground is not frozen or the weather is really hot.

Turf

The best time of year to lay turf is between mid-autumn and late winter, providing the soil is not frozen or waterlogged. You can also lay turf during spring but it’s best to avoid laying from mid-spring to early autumn as this period can involve spells of high temperatures and drought. Turf should be laid within 24 hours of delivery.

 

After planting, always ensure you keep your new plants well watered – our irrigation kits are great for this – and consider adding a mulch such as our weed supressent fabric to keep your site free of weeds. For more tips and advice on planting, take a look at our advice pages.

Birthday celebrations at Hedges Direct

Last week, the team at Hedges Direct spent the afternoon celebrating 10 years trading with a birthday BBQ. There were burgers, cake and even balloons to mark a decade in the industry. You can take a look at all the photos below and find out how you can join in the celebrations at the end of the blog…celebrating 10 yearsPaul and June enjoying 10 years

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You can join our birthday celebrations by enterting our #HD30Days30Prizes competition. There’s a huge slection of gardening goodies up for grabs every day in September!

Celebrate our 10th Birthday with us by entering our #HD30Days30Prizes Competition

To celebrate 10 years of trading, we are giving away a prize a day throughout September in our #HD30Days30Prizes campaign. The month-long giveaway includes a huge selection of gardening goodies, from bird-friendly feeding stations to hedge trimmers that will help keep your Beech looking its best.

You can enter daily for your chance to win one of these fantastic prizes and help us celebrate our 10th Birthday!

HD-10th-Birthday-BannerPage previewEach prize draw will run for 24 hours on the individual day stated and the competition closes on Wednesday 30th September. Winners will be announced on Thursday 1st October. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page. Let us know you’ve entered @HedgesDirect using the hashtag #HD30Days30Prizes.

Stay tuned throughout September to see how else we’ll be celebrating and don’t forget to wish us Happy Birthday!