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Advice on Planting a Native Hedge 

Our native trees and shrubs for hedgerow and woodland planting have been grown in individual cells so that they can be planted all year round unlike bare root hedging which can only be planted over winter when they are dormant.  It also means that they are quick and easy to re-plant and have the advantage of a healthy undamaged root system.  This enables them to grow away with minimum stress.  
They will need to be planted as soon as possible on receipt and if planted during the summer months, particular attention must be paid to keeping them well-watered.

Care Instructions:

  • Unpack your hedge plants immediately on receipt and keep upright.
  • We recommend that your hedge plants are planted straight away for best results.
  • Do not let the plants dry out - keep them moist, but not soaked.
  • If they can't be planted immediately, keep the plants in a sheltered, cool location preferably in light shade to await planting.


  • Decide on whether you will plant the hedge as a single row or double row. 
  • Single row hedges are more economic as you will plant about 4 per metre.  

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  • A double staggered row creates a thicker, denser hedge and will be more impenetrable once established, but you will need about 5 plants per metre.

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  • Water well before planting.
  • Prepare an area for your new hedge by digging a trench at least 30cm (60cm for double row) wide and turn over the soil to the same depth.
  • Native hedgerow species don't need any soil additives, but the addition of bonemeal does promote root growth. Ensure that the bonemeal doesn't come into contact with any of the plant.
  • Ensure the soil is well-watered before planting.
  • The actual planting hole should be slightly larger than the rootball in the  cell.  Plant a few centimetres deeper than the top of the soil in the cell. Try to keep the soil loose around the sides of the planting hole to make it easier for the roots to grow into the surrounding soil.  
  • Firm the soil down to ensure there are no air pockets where frost could form.
  • Water thoroughly.

Aftercare Instructions:

  • Keep other vegetation away from the base of the hedge to ensure it gets plenty of moisture, nutrients and light.  Controlling competition from other vegetation by weeding, mulching or spraying is important in the early years and improves survival and growth rate.
  • Do not let the young hedge dry out - keep the roots well watered.
  • Protection to prevent grazing by wildlife is usually necessary and also provides a micro climate that encourages early growth.  We provide Spiral Guards on our hedging pages which are suitable.
  • Hawthorn and Blackthorn should be pruned immediately after planting and the following season's new growth should be reduced by about half.  
  • Other deciduous species should be lightly pruned immediately after planting and then pruned by one third of the new  growth the autumn after planting.
  • Evergreens can be left for a full growing season and then the side shoots can be trimmed, but the main leading shoot should be left until the hedge reaches the desired height.
  • The best time to prune in subsequent years is in the autumn when the deciduous trees and shrubs are dormant and you won't disturb any nesting birds. Cut back hard to encourage the hedge to thicken up.

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