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Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 17:37

If you take a look at the hedging specialists online you'll see that it's quite easy to calculate how many you need and they get cheaper the more you buy. If you reckon on roughly 3 per metre, you'll need around 45/50 for your 15m stretch. Small hornbeam whips will be around 50/60 pence each so it wouldn't be expensive even with your delivery which would be under a tenner. You don't need to be too exact with quantities - there will be areas where you might struggle to get a plant in so the spaces will not always be identical. Once established, the whips will merge together no problem. 

Reviving an old slightly tired garden

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 13:21

cc - I think you could have a pergola which wouldn't completely dominate the area, by using a simple construction of just a couple of timbers across the space. You could have something like a clematis planted to give a little shade which wouldn't be too dense or block too much light. Perhaps even across one corner rather than across the width of the space, or only across the front as I forgot you have an access gate there at the side too  

That space is crying out for a nice little seating area 

Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 12:10

If your soil's in good nick when you put them in, they'll grow and fill the gaps well. If you were using very young whips I can see the point of planting more densely.  I had a stretch between two mature trees which was very difficult to plant because of the roots - the hedge was slower to get going there, but looked fine within a few years once it all knitted together. It now looks great - I live round the corner from it ! The rest looked great within two years as I prepared the soil well.

Good luck with it 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 12:05

Don't fancy eating them though art....

That chard is gorgeous - I've often thought of growing it just as an ornamental. Lovely pix  

Leaky water butt

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 10:00

Good thinking Pete- that's the mostly likely reason for the problem and should do the trick 


Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:44

I agree Bob - can't bear these auto correct things. I'm my only auto correct! 

obelixx is right - plenty of food and water, especially if you've had long periods of dry weather, and correct pruning otherwise you won't get the best result from your lovely plants. 


Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:30

I think most people use cuttings for pelargoniums, as BL says, and if you follow Dove's advice above, you'll have loads for next year. In fact, the ones you've cut back will probably put on a fair bit of growth in the next month so you might be able to do a few cuttings before winter. 

Climbers and soil type-

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:26

If you add some well rotted manure and compost as well as the grit, it will open the soil up and help the drainage as well. It'll also help it from getting rock hard during long dry spells  

Leaky water butt

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:22

There's different types of sealant depending on what you're sealing so just make sure you get one for plastics. Perhaps ask someone in the shop if you're unsure.  

Very specific hedge plant requirements

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 09:09

Around twelve/eighteen inches is about right. I had a hornbeam hedge in a previous garden and it grew well at that distance and filled out to make a good hedge within a couple of years from bareroot. If you were doing a double row you'd use twice that amount and stagger them, hence the higher quantity. 

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