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How to Plant Bare Root Plants and Hedging

The foundation for good growth with any plant lies with the preparation and planting conditions carried out during planting.

Good soil preparation and following the correct planting procedure helps to establish new plants quickly and will encourage strong root and stem growth for many years and ultimately determine how well your garden plants will flourish.

Bare rooted plants can be planted successfully from late october up until early spring or whilst the plants are still dormant and before new leaf growth starts.

Potted trees, shrubs and hedging plants can be planted all year round and the same soil preparation is carried out when planting.

When planting any new garden plant, make sure that the root base is moist. This may require that you place the root ball in a bucket of water before planting and allow sufficient time for the roots to fully absorb enough moisture (approx 15 minutes)

Dig the new planting hole six inches wider and deeper than the current root depth and spread, Add growise planting compost to the hole and sprinkle a handful of Westland Fish, Blood and bone meal which helps the plants to initiate new roots. Make sure that the roots are covered to the same depth and avoid planting too deeply as this causes poor root formation and results in poor growth.

For larger trees, shrubs and mature plants a timber stake may be required to help secure the stem and roots of the plant until such time as the new plant establishes itself, this can often take a couple of years, so select a proper tree stake and rubber ties to secure it firmly.

Backfill the soil and firm the plants in by treading the soil firmly around the base of the plant.In spring and early summer your newly planted trees, shrubs and hedging plants will benefit from an application of a good quality plant fertiliser. The plant fertiliser I use is OSMO pro6 and is ideal for encouraging new growth on all garden plants.


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