Posted: 21/05/2015 at 12:32
I do exactly the same as Leif, chop all bare root hedging back on planting, that kick starts the roots to grow.
I did the same with 45 privets 3 years ago, did we get them from the same place I wonder, daren't mention on here though!!
I have never watered them or the long laurel hedge, you need the roots to go deep in search of moisture, unless you run a water system all night, you can do more harm than good. If you only water the top few inches of soil, thats where the roots will stay.
Maybe I am wrong, but nothing wrong with either of my hedges.
The more I study Monty, the more I see there is a difference in what he tells you and what he does. Dont get me wrong, I love the man and he has been my only inspiration when I first got to tend this garden.
My OH says he has a lot to answer for!!!