There are thousands of miles of Hawthorn hedging in Britain and for many good reasons - it is native, prickly, with pretty, profuse white flowers in May (hence its alternative name "May Blossom") and loads of red "hips", which are ideal bird food, in autumn. Hawthorn is commonly used in farm fields, it's also increasingly popular in a domestic setting as a single species hedge or as the majority species within a native mixed hedge and it has many wildlife qualities. White flowers produced. Flowers early March-late May & mid September-mid November. Growing to 40-60cm or 60-90cm per year.
Bare Root hedging plants are a great, cost-effective way for you to achieve your hedging goals. They are grown in an open environment, exposed to natural conditions, which allows these plants to develop with no restrictions. When opting for this root type, you will receive well-established plants with sturdy root systems as a result of their growing method. Given the way in which they are grown, bare rooted plants are available from November until May as this is the time of year when the plants are dormant and can be safely lifted from the field. This category mostly consists of native, deciduous hedging species which many of them flower and/or berry so they make great hedges for wildlife and provide seasonal interest.
Tree, Bare Root or Potted:Bare Root
Aftercare - Easy:False
Aftercare - Moderate:True
Aftercare - High:False
Likes Acidic Soil:False
Beds & Borders:True
Grows in Sun or Partial Shade:True
On receipt of your plants remove them from the packaging immediately, and water if necessary.
PLANTING - Prior to planting the trees and shrubs, dig over the area to two spades depth and incorporate a generous amount of garden compost or well-rotted manure. A dressing of bonemeal can also be applied at a rate of 105-140grms per sq.m (3-4 oz per sq yd). Dig out the hole about 15cm (6") wider than the root-ball and deep enough so that its top is just below the soil surface. Gently tease out some of the roots from around the root-ball to encourage new root growth to spread out into the surrounding soil. Fill in the hole around the plant gently firming the soil as you go. Water the plant to settle the soil around the roots.
Ideal for beds and borders. Attractive to butterflies, bees and birds. Prefers full sun or partial shade.
- Because bare roots are generally deciduous (the bare roots in the attached photos are mostly evergreen), they tend to look disappointingly bare (except for Box, Yew and Cherry Laurel). However what you are buying is a strong capillary root system with a certain amount of stem and side branches depending on the age of the plant. The younger the plant, the shorter they tend to be.
- There is a certain failure rate due to the delicate nature of these plants - approximately 10% - although you can improve the success rate through a careful planting and watering regime. Smaller plants tend to establish more easily.
- Bare roots need to be planted almost immediately to prevent the root systems drying out and to ensure that they establish strongly whilst dormant. However if this is not possible then they can either be kept in a sheltered spot for a few days to avoid drying out by the wind. If planting cannot be done for several days then the plants can be "heeled in", in which case they'll be fine if kept watered, until early spring. All planting must be done whilst the plants are dormant.
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