Planting beech hedging can be a great way to create a natural and attractive boundary around your property. Here are some steps to follow when planting beech hedging:
Choose the right time to plant: The best time to plant beech hedging is in the autumn or winter when the soil is moist and the plants are dormant.
1.Prepare the site: Clear any weeds or grass from the area where you will be planting. Dig over the soil to a depth of about 30cm and mix in some well-rotted organic matter to improve the soil structure and fertility.
2.Mark out the planting line: Use a string line to mark out the line where you want to plant the hedge. This will ensure that the plants are planted in a straight line.
3.Plant the beech plants: Space the plants at a distance of about 30-60cm apart. Dig a hole that is slightly wider than the root ball of the plant and deep enough to accommodate the roots. Place the plant in the hole, making sure that it is planted at the same depth as it was in the pot or container. Backfill the hole with soil and firm it gently around the plant.
4.Water and mulch: Water the newly planted beech hedging well and apply a layer of mulch around the base of each plant. This will help to retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.
5.Prune and maintain: After planting, prune the beech hedging back to about two-thirds of its height to encourage bushy growth. Keep the area around the hedge clear of weeds and water regularly during dry spells.
By following these steps, you can create an attractive and functional beech hedge that will provide a natural and attractive boundary to your property
Maintenance of beech hedging
Maintenance of beech hedging is an ongoing process that involves several tasks to keep the hedge healthy and attractive. Here are some key maintenance tasks to consider:
Prune the beech hedge in late summer or early autumn to encourage bushy growth. Cut back the leading shoots by one-third to encourage lateral growth. During the following winter, prune the hedge again to the desired shape and size. Regular pruning also helps to maintain the density of the hedge and prevent it from becoming too leggy.
During prolonged dry periods, water the beech hedge regularly to keep the soil moist. Ensure that the soil is kept moist but not waterlogged.
Apply a balanced fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer, in the early spring to promote healthy growth and development. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the application rate.
Regularly weed the area around the beech hedge to prevent competition for water and nutrients. This is especially important during the first few years after planting when the beech hedge is establishing itself.
5.Pest and Disease Control:
Monitor the beech hedge for pests and diseases such as aphids, scale insects, and powdery mildew. Control measures may include the use of insecticides or fungicides. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using pesticides.
7.Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as bark chips or compost, around the base of the beech hedge. This helps to conserve moisture and suppress weed growth. It also adds organic matter to the soil as it breaks down.
With proper maintenance, a beech hedge can provide an attractive and functional boundary for many years