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Five easy steps to planting a bare root box hedge

Box hedging has been used for years to make small hedges and is ideal for formal borders. A clipped box hedge will add structure and evergreen colour and usually only needs clipping once a year. Bare rooted box plants are a great choice for planting now as they will establish themselves quickly and are a much more economical choice than container grown stock.

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Here’s our guide to planting a successful bare root box hedge:

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  • 1. When planting a box hedge you will need to ensure the area is well prepared. Remove any weeds, stones, old roots and incorporate plenty of well-rotted garden compost or manure.  You can dig individual holes for each plant, but it’s much more efficient to dig out a trench just a little wider but no deeper than the root systems

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  • 2. Bare rooted plants need watering well so prepare your box plants by submerging their roots in a bucket of water.

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  • 3. A Box hedge is closely planted – 5 per metre is ideal, and it is much easier to get even spacing by putting plants into a trench than by digging holes. Use a line to make sure they are planted in a straight row and space the plants at exactly 20cm intervals.

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  • 4. Heel the plants in well, making sure that the finished soil level is the same as it was when they were lifted (you can see a mark on the stem of the plant which shows where the soil was previously. Never plant them too deep.

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  • 5. Water in well and you’re done! Don’t be tempted to trim your plants when you have finished planting. Leave them alone (apart from watering) and let them establish before giving them a light trim in late May/early June.
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