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‘How to’? Use Bare Root Hedging

We have a large range of bare root hedging plants available to buy in store from November through to March (we are currently now out of stock 16/3). The roots are cold and the plant is dormant during the colder months so it’s the best time to lift them.

What is bare root hedging?

A plant with exposed roots, out of the pot with no soil. They’re used for creating a hedge or a single plant can be used to grow a tree.

Why Choose Bare Root?

Bare root plants are a much cheaper alternative to pot-grown and although they are generally smaller, once in the ground they won’t take long to catch up. They’re easy to transport – with no pot or soil you can fit a lot more in your vehicle.

We sell a good range of bare root hedging at Perrywood including; Fagus atropurpurea (Beech), Corylus avellana (Hazel), Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ (Dogwood), Salix britzensis (Willow), Ligustrum aureum (Privet Golden), Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) and more.

If you are in no hurry, a single plant can be purchased to grow a tree for as little as £1.99! Some examples of bare root plants we stock that can be used to grow a tree are: Betula pendula (Silver birch), Fagus sylvatica (Beech) and Sorbus aucuparia (Rowan).

All bare root hedging is kept in raised beds

Choosing and purchasing your bare root plants

We keep the plants in soil in our raised beds to keep them fresh and healthy, and they are all clearly labelled.

Our plant area assistants are always on hand to help you pick the variety to suit your needs. You can buy one stem or many. Once you know what you want, an assistant will bag and label them ready to take to the tills. Please make sure you ask an assistant rather than helping yourself.

If we do not have stock we can order it in from our local supplier (customer orders must be over 50 plants).

Evergreen and deciduous varieties available

Advice on how to plant bare-root hedging

Once purchased it’s best to get bare root planted quickly, so we advise that the ground is prepared beforehand.

Dig the soil over, removing stones and weeds and add some organic matter; either garden compost or a specialist compost, mix it in to the top layer of soil.

Generally hedges are planted at 3 plants per metre, but see the individual plant information for specific spacing. Spread the roots out as you plant and pat the soil down to make sure the roots are in good contact with the soil. Keep the hedging watered during dry periods. It is a good idea to put down mulch to stop weeds coming through.

By managing and trimming regularly the hedge can be kept to the desired height and width.

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