About native hedges
There are a number of good reasons for wanting a native hedge.
One immediate reason for having a hedge, rather than say, garden fencing, is that they attract wildlife. They do this by giving birds somewhere to nest, and by producing berries they attract other birds as well. The berries and flowers also attract other wildlife which in turn the birds can feed on.
By having a hedge made up of more than one species the hedge becomes an integral and interesting part of the garden with its changing foliage and flowers.
The hedge will provide year round interest and be another indicator of the changing seasons.
The hedge may even attract small mammals using it as both a food supply and shelter.
As well as the day time sights and visitors a native hedge will attract moths, which in turn might attract bats.
We could plant a hedge using only a single species such as hawthorn or blackthorn. But whay stick at one or two species? Why not let us plant one of our highly regarded multi species could be from hedges with a mixture of hawthorn, blackthorn, holly, beech and yew? Or even damson and sloe? Now that gives me an idea!
One of the things we pride ourselves on is that by talking to our customers we can help you to find out what you want and often extend that to areas the customer hadn't considered. We'll help you choose a mix of shrubs and trees to make up your hedge. In the past we've used the likes of beech and birch, hawthorn and blackthorn, hazel and oak. And one of our favourites is to use dogwoods for the vivid winter colurs of their stems. And why would you want a fence when you can have that?
Now, we'll be honest. It can take time for a hedge to get established, whereas a fence is pretty instant. But there are only so many colours you can paint a fence, and they're not going to attract a lot of wildlife. So enough of fences, let's concentrate on hedges!
Even if we plant a hedge of whips ( the young bare-root saplings) which will be small they'll still get colour as soon as spring rolls around. And they'll be cheap. And they quickly grow. A win-win solution.
Our policy is to buy from local trusted suppliers and ask you to pay direct. That way we get a good deal from our supplpier so we're not adding to the cost. Plus we're helping local businesses.
Having decided on the mix of shrubs and trees, we'll make sure the site is well prepared.
We'll get rid of any existing unsightly large stones and have a good weeding of the whole area to be planted. We prefer organic gardening so where we can we'll prepare the site with a good basis of organic fertiliser.
We can do this either side of winter. We just have to make sure that we don't do it too late in the yaer to run the risk of winter killing plants off, nor do we want to do it when we're in the middle of extended rain. We were getting ready to plant one hedge in late 2015 when Desmond came along and our plans had to change!
Planting Your Hedge
To achieve a thick dense hedge, especially if you're wanting it to provide a degree of security, we'll plant the hedge in two rows. The trees will be staggered so that as they grow, they'll grow into the gaps to make a solid hedge. If, for whatever reason, some gaps remain, it's relatively simple for us to fill in the gaps at a later stage. This might even add extra variety to the hedge.
Once planted we'll give the whole site a good watering and feeding. And we'll keep coming back on site to montior how it's doing and to make sure its fed and watered.
As part of our ongoing contract with you we'll keep it fed and watered and we'll prune it in the autumn. Well do this depending on the weather that we're having, which is of course becoiming more unpredictable. Our pruning wil also help to make sure that the hedge develops into a nice sturdy thick hedge which will look healthy and attractive.