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Hornbeam problem

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 19:11

I'm sure it will be fine Steve. Good luck with it anyway - they make a lovely hedge 


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 18:54


Panda - don't worry too much about the pots.  Once they're growing away and the roots fill those pots, you can put them into something bigger till next spring when they'll be sturdy enough to put out where you want them. They make good pot specimens anyway. Those ones have only ever been in pots as I've had nowhere suitable to put them in the few years I've had them.

Hornbeam problem

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 18:48

Did you mean 6 feet Steve? Or is it a teeny weeny hedge ..

I'd agree with chrissie that air circulation can cause problems too. Perhaps the other shrubs are just a bit too close. I don't think you need to worry too much though - an established hedge will recover quite quickly. Difficult with the conditions you have re the soggy clay. Some well rotted manure as a mulch at the end of summer would be beneficial. The worms will work it into the soil for you over the winter which will help improve drainage. I garden on clay and every time I move to a new garden I have a bit of work to do improving the soil.  


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 18:40

Evening all. Just in - been grafting - digging holes for posts to make a screen.  Bit of re potting and deadheading done too, but I did lots of h****work this morning so I think I need a small treat.

No pigs here lily (unless you count my two girls) - you're living in a sherbert filled parallel  universe methinks.... 

KEF has answered Panda's question re pots for me  If you have the tall pots for clematis, they're even better, but it won't really matter. I think one of them was in one of those and the other was in a standard 6/7" pot. 


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 13:29

Great Panda 

Keep me posted as to how they are and if you need any help. You might need to cut that green one down a bit as it's not as robust as the Blackadder one but hopefully it will be ok. They're quite tough plants. My other Yellow Wave is about to flower for the first time so I'm like a mother hen fussing over it, checking it's not going to collapse  

Being disabled does not mean incapable

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 13:06

Think everyone's out in their gardens Chris -  enjoying the weather  

I'm only in because I've been cleaning and ironing so that I can go out after some lunch!

Do you have raised beds to make it easier? I always think the ones shown on tv programmes look far too low to be really functional.

Honeysuckle problems

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:58

Is the ground very dry at the base Kath? They need a bit of moisture to do well so it could be that simple.

Hornbeam problem

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:57

I planted a bare root Hornbeam hedge in a previous garden. There were two very mature trees on the boundary so I had a job getting those plants to establish as they needed a lot of watering/feeding/mulching etc. The ones in the more substantial areas romped away. We have high rainfall so normally it would never have any issues here, but in a drier area it would need some help I think -plenty of manure for a bit of water retention.  I love hornbeam and I always wonder why people often pick beech over it - it makes a lovely hedge.


Posted: 21/06/2014 at 12:48

Hi samalamb. Did you prepare the ground thoroughly before you put the hedge in? That always pays dividends. Small plants can take a while to establish, so if they're only 12/18" for instance,  they won't grow loads in their first year as they'll be trying to get a decent root system.  Privet isn't evergreen so it also may look a bit bare after the winter but should leaf up well once the weather warms up and it gets going again. If there's a lot of weed growth round about it's important to get rid of it as it will compete especially if your hedging plants are small. On the basis that there's no other major issues with the site, I'd add some good compost and slow release fertiliser round the plants, water and mulch.

A hedge needs as much attention initially as any other plant - clear the area thoroughly of weeds, and turf if there's any, then plenty of well rotted manure/compost/ good soil put in. Put each plant in with some slow release fertiliser - Fish, blood and bone is ideal, then water well and add a mulch of bark or more compost. Keep well watered and weed free until the plants establish. You can't go far wrong if you do that, unless the site is unsuitable. A wild, cold, windy site needs extra protection in place to protect young plants in their first year or two. 

Hope that's of some help 

Hornbeam problem

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 08:49

Is it very dry where the hedge is Steve? Hornbeams like a bit of moisture in my experience, which is why they're a good alternative to Beech hedging in damper areas, where it would struggle to thrive.

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