Posted: 09/10/2017 at 11:39
Following a wet early autumn here in the North West, I have a waterlogged area of bedding and the clock is ticking as I have ordered some hornbeam hedging for November planting.
The bed is about 6ft deep by 8 ft long and we plan to plant the bare rooted hornbeam hedging 30cm in from the back of the bed, it's purpose being to hide a neighbours shed that has been erected just the other side of the fence which separates us.
Yesterday we dug up a shrub root in preparation and found the bed to be incredibly boggy, to the extent that my husband sunk into the soil (he nearly had to surrender his wellies!). Where we had previously taken out another root we had left a 2 ft hole which has nearly filled up with water. The water does gradually drain but we have had so much rain that it's not had chance to drain completely. The soil in that bed is quite good in Summer and Astilbes and other wet loving plants grow happily there.
I have bought 2 bags of horticultural sand grit and a large bag of compost to try and deal with the problem and I have access to some well rooted manure and my own compost if needed. But now I am worried about first of all digging a trench for the hedge and secondly actually planting it in what is currently a quagmire. I ordered hornbeam because I knew the bed was wet and I know that hornbeam like wet conditions, but will the bare rooted plants be up to the job or am I giving them a certain death?
Monty has previously said of hornbeam that it has survived the wettest part of his very wet garden and he is a great admirer of this hardy hedge so that is some comfort.
Any advice or reassurance (if appropriate) would be welcome!