Planting and aftercare
n Evergreen hedges should be planted early to mid-autumn, and deciduous ones planted mid-autumn to late winter.
n Don’t attempt to plant in waterlogged or frozen soil.
n Dig a trench 24-36in (60-90cm) wide and a spade’s depth deep.
n Spacing varies from 12-24in (30-60cm), depending on the plant and the type of hedge.
n Spread out roots. Ensure the plant is positioned so the point at which the roots flare from the stem is level with the soil.
n Backfill with soil and organic matter, then firm in place.
n Water well and keep wellwatered for the first two years.
n Mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
n Prune new deciduous hedges in winter; new evergreens in spring.