Please note - When your hedging arrives it will be tied with colour thread which indicates which is which. Please see the colour coding for each variety below
This mixed hedge pack is plants, suitable for the seaside and exposed sites and can handle strong winds and salty air.
Please note that this mix won't grow in pure sand dunes right on the shore, but they will thrive in the dry, poor soils that are found along coast.
Contents: (Thread colour in brackets)
7 x Hawthorn - Crataegus Monogyna (Green)
6 x Blackthorn (sloe) - Prunus Spinosa (Black)
3 x Dogwood Cornus sanguinea (Mustard)
5 x Purple berberis Berberis thunbergii Atropurpurea (Grey)
4 x Rosa rugosa mix (Clear)
Coastal hedge packs are only delivered bareroot, during winter (November - March). The plants in this pack will be 40-80 cms tall.
Spacing for Coastal hedge:
Plant Coastal hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart. You can also plant the coastal mix at 5 plants per metre in a staggered double row, with 33 cms between each plant along the row and 40cms between the rows. Each pack of 25 plants will make 8.5 metres of single row hedge and 5 metres of double row hedge.
Our Plants - We run a relatively small, independent nursery so our bare root plants are lifted to order rather than lifted and stored. Plants which are lifted to order are quicker to establish in Spring as their root systems spend less time out of the ground. Our plants are also grown in an exposed North West location and have had to deal with all nature can throw at them. They are supplied as tough, top quality bare root plants that will thrive on any site.
What is the difference between Standard and Premium spec?
From a growers point of view the difference is the speed the hedge will establish. While all our hedging stock is 2 years old the Premium plants will create a hedge that is a year ahead of the Standard spec for the reasons stated below.
Plants are grown from seedling stock planted in a field situation at approx 2 inches apart. Standard stock is supplied unpruned and will need to cut back to 15cm when planted out. The plants will produce a hedge of the same quality as the Premium hedge but will typically be one year behind in terms of growth. Standard spec is more suitable for large scale Agri applications.
Premium plants are grown from seedling stock planted in a field situation at approx 6 inches apart to allow more room for root development. Plants are pre pruned to 15cm to create a multi-stemmed plant. Premium plants are also 'undercut' which involves pruning the roots 15cm below ground, this produces a larger root ball which is much quicker to establish. Premium hedging is more suitable for garden applications where a thick hedge is needed quickly.
When The Plants arrive
When your plants are delivered, bare rooted plants normally arrive inside a box with plastic bags over the roots and should be treated carefully. It’s essential that they’re not allowed to dry out or be exposed to frost. The bags should be kept standing up in a sheltered area away from wind etc., The quicker the hedge is planted the better. If you can’t get out and plant the bare rooted hedging within a couple of days, the plants should be removed from the bags and heeled in (stood upright in a trench and the roots covered with soil).
Spade Method (Also known as Slit Planting)
This entails cutting a slit in the ground and holding it open with a spade whilst the roots of the plant are carefully inserted and spread downwards.