Posted: 23/03/2016 at 04:55
Things I learned:
Originally I was going to place laurel behind the post and rail fencing. And then changed my mind regarding plant choice. Which led to problems.
I tried to plant either side of my fencing. With the intention that the fence is gradually subsumed by the hedge. My fence posts are 6ft apart. The problem being that planting near the posts is hard, because you don't want to weaken the fences' stability. I'd have been better off with larger spacing, 9ft would have worked.
Upon reflection, It would have been far easier to have planted the hedge on one side of the fence. If I was starting again, I'd have used cheap wire fencing. And placed the hedge away from it. When the hedge reached a good size, removed the fencing. This would have made it far easier to dig a trench!
I was still planting bare root yesterday. I'm not sure about the viability of the bare root, it's a good week since receiving them.
I ordered the bare roots, thinking they'd take time to arrive, but surprisingly for once they turned up very promptly. Within 2 days. Which meant a lot of ground work hadn't been done. I know it's obvious, but I'd advice you to do your ground work, and then order the bare roots, so you can get them in the ground promptly.
Time and energy, I ordered enough plants for two hedge rows, and because of prep time, and other constraints, it has been a handful doing both. I was put off by paying twice on post and packing.
Time of year, I'd have been better off getting the plants in at least a month ago.
As I say if all the ground work had been done in advance it would have been far easier.
Double staggered rows take more plants. Another obvious point, but do bear that in mind.
Fingers crossed they all take. I'll take photos at the end of the summer, pending on the hedges living! I'll sleep better when I see growth!