A Simple Guide to Planting Hedges & Trees

How to Plant Hedges & Trees

When purchasing hedging or trees you may have noticed the term “bare root” being used to describe them. Unlike plants which are stored in a pot with soil these types of hedging and trees still have their roots exposed. They are very popular among Irish gardens and add to the natural beauty of a garden. There are also a number of advantages when planting bare root hedges and trees over potted ones. First they are cheaper, easier to handle in bulk and more environmentally friendly as there are no plastic containers and less water required for their growing and delivery. When planting bare root hedging or trees make sure to follow this simple guide to ensure that they are planted correctly.

Soil Preparation

It is vital that before and during the planting process you ensure that the roots are moist. When you’re your hedging and trees arrive check to see that the roots are not dry. If they are, add water to the roots. Make sure that before planting you cover the soak the roots in warm water for 30 minutes. This will help ensure that the roots absorb enough water before planting takes place.

It is also important to plant your trees and hedges within 1 – 2 days of purchase. If you are unable to plant your trees within this period of time cover the roots in wet soil to ensure their survival.

Preparing The Planting Area for a Hedge

When planting a hedge dig a v-shaped trench. Make sure your v-shaped trench is the same depth as the hedge’s roots and twice their width. Then add planting compost to the trench and mix in some fertilizer. When inserting the hedge into the trench make sure the beginning of the root known as the “Root Flare” is at soil level. Finally refill the trench with the same soil taken out of the ground to make the trench. It is important to make sure the soil is very firm around the roots.

When planting hedges, it is also important to remember to leave 2 – 3 feet between each hedge.

Preparing The Planting Area for a Tree

When planting a tree dig a hole. Make sure your hole is the same depth as the tree’s roots and twice their width. Then add planting compost to the trench and mix in some fertilizer. When inserting the tree into the hole make sure the beginning of the root known as the “Root Flare” is at soil level. Finally refill the hole with the same soil taken out of the ground to make the trench. It is important to make sure the soil is very firm around the roots.

Post Planting

Once you have completed planting your hedge or tree make sure you create a ridge of soil around the entire trench or hole. Fill the ridge with water 2 – 3 times in order to keep the soil wet are remove any air pockets from the soil. Make sure you let the water soak into the soil between pouring. If you are planting a large hedge or tree you may need to use a stake to hold it upright and in place. You may also need rubber ties.

If you have followed all of these steps you will have successfully been able to plant your bare root hedge or tree. Congratulations! You are now an expert planter. Now Go forth and plant as many hedges and trees your garden can hold. Happy gardening!

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