Posts Tagged ‘planting tips’

Hedges Direct Provide Plants For Kingsground Community Project

Hedges Direct recently received an order to help a community project in Eltham. The project was run by Greenwich Conservatives and aimed to screen an area on a busy street in order to provide flats with privacy and prevent a build-up of rubbish discarded by the public.

Matt Clare, the Transport and Environment spokesperson for the Greenwich Conservatives was more than happy to share some information and pictures of the mission.

You can see their planting area below, unfortunately, this open area was littered with a substantial amount of rubbish thrown away by passers-by.

After getting the rubbish cleared up and new bins installed at a nearby bus stop, Matt and his team of volunteers began their work.

They planted pot grown Cherry Laurel plants in a single row spaced around a foot apart, using a spade to dig a hole big enough to simply take the root system out of the pot and plant into the ground.

Top Tip: It is important to break up the roots once removed from their pots to allow them to travel and find their own space in their new position. 

Cherry Laurel plants were chosen for their dense foliage which, when fully grown, will have merged into a close-knit feature that will prevent people from throwing rubbish into the grounds, provide residents with more privacy and help absorb noise pollution from the busy roads.

Being an evergreen species, a Cherry Laurel hedge will keep its lush green leaves offering an effective screen year round. It can either be trimmed to shape to form a more structured look, or left to grow for a naturalistic appearance.

Matt Clare said “Many passers-by spoke to us to share how pleased they were at seeing improvements and a local Facebook group have also been very complimentary. We are speaking with other private landlords in Eltham and very much hope to deliver other projects like this”.

Well done to Matt and his hard working volunteers.

If you have a community project you want to share, get in touch with the marketing department by email marketing@hedgesdirect.co.uk or give us a call on 01257 263873.

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.

Love Your Garden Hedges

If you tuned into ITV on Tuesday night you will have noticed the Love Your Garden team planting our beautiful Laurel Hedging. There are so many fantastic benefits of hedging that make it a much more viable option to fencing:

Hedges Vs. Fences

  • Hedges are a lot more cost effective than bulk buying fences
  • They require minimal maintenance and may never need replacing
  • Dense hedges create a windbreak for the rest of the garden
  • Hedging can reduce noise and absorb pollution in urban areas
  • They offer privacy whilst also attracting wildlife

As Love Your Garden were working to a deadline, they opted for ‘instant’ hedging. However, it is far more cost-effective to plant younger, smaller hedging plants and care for them whilst they grow. Our Laurel Hedging starts from £1.71, and as you can see from Love Your Garden, they grow up to create a lush, dense hedge.

Love Your Garden - Finished Result

Love Your Garden – Finished Result

Laurel Hedging boasts many benefits. As a fast growing, evergreen hedging plant, it is particularly hardy and will flourish in pretty much all sites, including dry soils or shaded areas. It is fairly low maintenance and only needs pruning once a year in Spring or Summer. It can be pruned into a formal hedge, or kept slightly bushy for a more natural look.

When planting any hedging, we agree with Alan that it is very important to plant properly. We recommend Root Grow, which enables plants to extract nutrients and absorb moisture more efficiently.

Laurel Hedging makes a great privacy screen

Laurel Hedging makes a great privacy screen

If you’re interested in Hedging but looking for a different aesthetic, Alan also recommended Pyracantha Hedging Plants. They are an ideal intruder deterrent due to their spiny foliage, and there are three different varieties to choose from which produce, red, orange or yellow berries.

Alan and the team had a huge garden to work with on Tuesday’s show but these looks can still be achieved in smaller spaces. A great way to create a feature filled look in a smaller garden is to utilise your vertical space. Tall, narrow trees are an interesting way to frame the view of any garden. Alan used a beautiful combination of pink and white Crab Apple trees which offer year round interest from their flowers, fruit and autumn colour. Our sister site Ornamental Trees has a wide range of beautiful trees to choose from.

We hope you’re all enjoying the Love Your Garden series as much as we are! Just remember, there are Hedging options available to suit all budgets and gardens.

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