Installation of hedges and trees
Hedging and the installation of trees in a garden is indeed a significant undertaking. It requires careful planning and execution to ensure the longevity and health of the hedge.
Proper planting techniques and maintenance practices are crucial for the hedge to thrive and provide the desired aesthetic and functional benefits.
The Hedging Process
- Marking and Excavation: Before planting the hedges or trees, it is essential to mark out the correct positions to achieve the desired hedge shape and size. This step involves measuring and mapping the area. Factors such as sunlight exposure, soil conditions, and desired spacing between plants need to be taken into consideration. Once marked, the next step is excavation. The planting area is carefully prepared by removing any existing vegetation and loosening the soil to facilitate root penetration and growth.
- Installation of Irrigation System: In gardens, especially during dry periods, it is often beneficial to install an irrigation system. This provides adequate water to the newly planted hedges or trees. The irrigation system can be designed to deliver water directly to the root zone. This promotes healthy growth and minimizes water wastage. Proper irrigation is crucial, particularly during the establishment phase. It helps plants to develop a strong root system and to withstand potential stressors.
- Backfilling and Soil Preparation: After the irrigation system is in place, the next step is backfilling the planting area with suitable topsoil. It is important to ensure that the topsoil used is of good quality, well-draining, and rich in nutrients. Additionally, incorporating compost into the soil can improve its fertility and structure. It will provide a favorable environment for root development. To further enhance root establishment, a rooting compound can be applied, which contains beneficial hormones and nutrients that stimulate root growth.
- Slow-Release Fertilizer: To support the long-term health and growth of the hedges or trees, the application of slow-release fertilizers is beneficial. Slow-release fertilizers gradually release nutrients over an extended period. They will ensure a steady supply of essential elements for the plants. This approach avoids the risk of over-fertilization and minimizes nutrient runoff, leading to better overall plant health.
- Ongoing Care and Maintenance: Once the hedge or trees are planted and initial preparations are complete, ongoing care and maintenance are crucial for their success. This includes regular watering, pruning to maintain the desired shape, monitoring for pests and diseases, and providing additional fertilization if needed. Proper maintenance ensures that the hedge remains healthy, dense, and visually appealing.
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Installation of semi-mature laurel hedge
We installed this semi-mature laurel hedge for one of our clients. We also planted semi-mature hornbeam trees behind it.
We supply a variety of different hedges at all different heights. This type of screening is more cost efficient than block or stone walls. The installation and ground work takes a fraction of the time compared to concrete construction.