Hedges are planted for a number of different reasons, whether it be to provide screening, structure to the garden, define boundaries or to attract wildlife, and particularly nesting birds. The key to their successful establishment and survival, is how they are planted and that is where we come in.  Planting mature hedging is a long term investment and needs to be done correctly.  There are a number of golden rules that need to be adhered to and we pride ourselves on the quality of our plants and our planting.

Containerised Laurel                                                  Root-ball Portuguese laurel                                          Bare-root Mixed native hedge


Most trees and shrubs have the potential to form a hedge but only certain varieties will make the perfect hedge for your requirements and site conditions. We will come to site, listen to your requirements and long term goals, assess the site condition in terms of soil type, wind direction and drainage and recommend a small selection of the most appropriate species. Take advantage of our years of planting experience!


As a general rule, the planting season or commonly know as the root ball season starts at leaf fall in mid Autumn and runs to late Winter at the end of February/early March. The season is very changeable as it is dependant on the weather conditions. It is best to plant during this period as the plants themselves are dormant and not so actively growing, so they can be lifted from the ground in which they are growing and transplanted to your garden or site. 

Within the planting season there are optimal times to plant certain hedges e.g. Evergreen hedging is best planted early in this season as the soil is moist and still warm enough to encourage root growth to reduce the need for intensive watering during the following Summer months. Whereas, bare root is generally planted later in the season, closer to December.

In all cases, do not plant in waterlogged or frozen conditions. 

There are specific rules that apply to certain species and forms of hedging that we consider for each and every planting job.  


I don't want to give away all of our secrets. Good soil preparation is essential for successful establishment. Other key factors that we consider when planting include; Planting depth and spacing, soil structure, drainage and soil improvers,  composts, slow release fertiliser and mulch. Watering and aftercare are equally important and therefore we recommend installing a simple and effective, overland and automated irrigation system for piece of mind.

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