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Laurel Hedging (Prunus Laurocerasus or Cherry Laurel)

The most commonly planted evergreen hedging there is. There are two main types of laurel commonly planted for hedging. The cherry laurel (Prunus Laurocerasus) and the Portuguese laurel (Prunus Lusitanica). Cherry laurel are the classic, big glossy leaved evergreen, seen everywhere. White flowers are followed by the big red cherry-like fruit in autumn. They are easy to grow and will put on about 2/3 foot of new growth each season. Portuguese laurel are much hardier and have a thinner and much darker green leaf.

Clipping Laurel
They are best clipped with a pair of sharp shears, but scale sometimes makes this un-practical. The problem with shears and hedge cutters is that it can spoil the look of those luxurious, glossy leaves, so after using these methods it is best to finish off by snipping out the leaves that have been cut through. It really just depends how fussy you are. Most people just trim them in early autumn and turn a blind eye to the few tatty leaves.
 
Dislikes
Cherry laurels do not want sit in waterlogged soil. Quite often they do not die, but instead it sits there looking miserable. If wet soil is a problem either pick something else or ramp up the planting bed to keep the roots up above the water table. This form of laurel is not happy in shallow chalky soil. You could pick the Portuguese laurel or dig out a trench of the chalky soil and incorporate a good helping of neutral soil.
 
Feeding laurels.
It is important to keep them growing if they have not reached the height required and or to maintain that beautiful green foliage. A generous feed of natural dung or pelleted chicken manure is recommended and best done in spring to really get them going for the season. Really this can be done any time and with any plant feed, but it is far easier to overdo the powdered artificial fertilisers. Always read the label or stick to the idiot proof aforementioned naturals.
 

Bees

Bees will visit anything that rewards them suitable for their efforts. Aphids feed on the plant for sap but reject the sugar in the liquid they suck in. This sugar falls on leaves and after being semi-diluted be dew, it is collected by bees and other insects and is commonly known as Honeydew - thus creating holes.We do not spray our laurels as bees are endangered and we like to look after them. You can prevent this by using an insecticide if you wish but neither actually harms the laurel

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    Laurel Hedging 2 Litre Pot 60-70cm

    £3.95

    This seasons new crop. New breaks bursting and full of vigour.

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  2. very bushy

    Laurel Hedging 5 Litre Pot 60-90cm

    £6.00

    New seasons crop 2/3 strong breaks bursting with new buds. Increasing in height each week and value

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    Laurel Hedging 7.5 Litre Pot 120cm

    £17.50

    A lovely, bushy specimen in a 7.5 litre pot getting bigger by the day. We suggest planting 2 to the metre, or more if you want to create a more instant looking hedge.

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    Laurel Hedging 140-160cm 20 Litre Pot

    £24.50

    A lot of laurel for your money and they can be planted at 60-70 cm apart. 

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  5. 130-140

    Laurel Hedging 20 Litre Pot 170-180cm

    £29.50

    Can be planted 2 to the metre. In an easy to lift pot.

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    Laurel Hedging 32 Litre Pot 140-160cm

    £36.50

    A great chunky laurel that has been trimmed to 140cm to make it extra wide and now rapidly heading towards 160cm. They should get to 6 feet by the end of the season. You can plant these at 1 per metre Learn More
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    Laurel Hedging Caucasica 30 Litre Pot 140/160cm Bushy

    £36.50

    Lovely dark green leaved form of hedging laurel ideal for exposed sites. Nice bushy plants that are currently quite evenly 40/50cm wide all the way up to the 140/160cm height. Growing fast. Learn More
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    Laurel Hedging Novita 32 Litre Pot 140-150cm

    £36.50

    Novita is a fairly new form that is extremely hardy and bears dark glossy rich green foliage. Good 60-70cm wide, can get away with planting 1 to the metre

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  9. Laurel Hedging 20 Litre Pot 220/240cm

    Regular Price: £69.50

    Special Price £59.50

    A lot of plant in an easy to move and dig pot size. If you want instant screening push them up to 75cm apart or give them a bit of room to develop and plant at 1m. We have so many that we have put them on special. Normally £69.50 now with £10 off as well as the usual hedging volume discount. Learn More
  10. Laurel Hedging 60/80 Litre Pot 250- 280cm Seconds Grade

    Regular Price: £90.00

    Special Price £60.00

    Huge Laurel and a lovely wide bush. These are the grade outs from the 1st quality. They have been grown a bit too close together so the bottom 100/125cm have gone a bit boney. The tops are nice and leafy. If you are not too concerned about the bottom part they will screen really well above the 100cm up to 2500cm. They will soon releaf in the bottoms given a bit of sunlight and food. They can be planted at 125cm apart. Min purchase 20 plants

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