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In-Depth Guide on Planting Bare Root Hedging

In-Depth Guide on Planting Bare Root Hedging

Step-by-Step Planting Process:

  1. Timing: Plant during the dormant season, from late autumn to early spring, avoiding frozen or waterlogged soil.

  2. Preparation:

    • Soak Roots: Upon arrival, soak the roots in water for 3-4 hours to rehydrate them.
    • Inspect Plants: Trim any damaged roots to promote healthy growth.
    • Consider Cutting back: Cutting back by up to 1/3, especially on taller plants will reduce possible losses and improve plant establishment.
  3. Site Preparation:

    • Clear Area: Remove weeds and grass in the planting area to reduce competition for nutrients and water.
    • Soil Improvement: Dig in organic matter like compost to improve soil structure and fertility.
  4. Planting:

    • Dig Trench: Dig a trench that is wide and deep enough to accommodate the roots without bending them.
    • Spacing: Space plants according to their mature size, typically 30-45 cm (12-18 inches) apart.
    • Positioning: Place the plants in the trench at the same depth they were grown in the nursery, indicated by the soil mark on the stem.
    • Backfill and Firm: Fill the trench with soil, firming it around the roots to eliminate air pockets.
  5. Watering:

    • Initial Watering: Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil.
    • Regular Watering: Keep the soil moist during the establishment period, especially during dry spells.
  6. Mulching:

    • Apply Mulch: Add a layer of mulch around the base of the plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and moderate soil temperature.

Tips for Ensuring Survival:

  1. Protection: Use rabbit guards or fencing to protect young plants from pests.
  2. Regular Checks: Monitor the plants regularly for signs of stress, pests, or disease.
  3. Pruning: Lightly prune the tops to encourage bushier growth and remove any damaged or diseased parts.

Top Reasons for Failure:

  1. Poor Planting Conditions: Planting in frozen, waterlogged, or very dry soil can lead to root rot or dehydration.
  2. Inadequate Watering: Both over-watering and under-watering can cause stress and hinder establishment.
  3. Pests and Diseases: Lack of protection from pests and neglecting signs of disease can lead to plant loss.
  4. Improper Planting Depth: Planting too deep or too shallow can prevent roots from establishing properly.
  5. Poor Soil Preparation: Failure to improve the soil can result in poor root growth and nutrient uptake.

By following these guidelines and taking preventative measures, you can significantly increase the chances of success when planting bare root hedging. Proper care during the critical establishment phase is crucial for ensuring healthy, vigorous growth in the long term.

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