Planting a hedge
The traditional and still best time to plant a hedge is mid-fall, when the plants have already lost their leaves, or early spring, before they even release their buds. Half of autumn is the best period, especially on light soils. The planting time is always dependent on the local climate and soil conditions. We should also take summer weather into account. After a very dry summer, we refrain from planting, until the soil is wet after the rains. Spring planting is safer in the regions, in which young plants would be exposed to frost in winter. If we plant a hedge in clay soil, it is worth digging it in the fall and leaving it in a sharp furrow for the winter, to improve its structure. By spring, the soil will have sufficiently settled.
The planting time also depends on this, in what form do we buy the plants. If they are bare-rooted plants (that is, with an exposed root system), then we plant them immediately, and if they were grown in containers (container plants) – practically all year round (except for the period, when the soil is frozen). Practice shows, however, that even such plants thrive better if planted in fall or spring. Almost like that, then maybe it's not worth paying more for container plants?
If we want, that our hedge turns at right angles on a certain section, it is worth using the rule of the Egyptian triangle. The accuracy of the calculations is of particular importance, when we plant a hedge, which at the same time marks the boundaries of our garden.
In such situations, we always discuss planting a hedge first with the neighbors, to make sure, that its form fully suits them.
Protection of a young hedge
In the case of hedge plants, staking is not necessary. In particularly windy places, however, the plants should be protected against wind with a temporary cover on the windward side. Such a cover should be at least 30 cm higher than the tallest plant and away from the hedge by 60 cm. We can dismantle it after a year, when the plants take root well.
Hedges – tips.
• When planting, avoid treading on loosened soil. If the soil is moist, we stand on the board.
• Before planting, always gently comb the roots of the plants removed from the container. After backfilling the plants in the hole, We tread the ground gently.
• We do the same with bare-rooted plants. Brush them gently with your fingers (jerking, we can damage), trim damaged roots, and then carefully place it in the well and cover it, trying to thoroughly fill the spaces between the roots with soil. Finally, tread the soil carefully.
• After planting, the plants should be watered and covered with a 10 cm layer of mulch made of mature organic material. Another option is to plant the plants through holes cut in the geotextile.