How to plant a Hawthorn hedge

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Hedges have always been a good choice for creating a natural boundary line between two properties. Hedges are still used for security, marking ownership, or dividing areas within it. Hedges can add habitat diversity to a site without affecting its overall natural development. Hedges of hawthorn, blackthorn, beech, hornbeam and other species can be maintained for many years.


Step One

Ensure that proper equipment and clothing are utilised. Use gloves, pruning shears, shovels and protective clothing for your security.


Step Two

Decide where you want to lay down the hedge. Map out the area and assure that there is plenty of space for the hedge.


Step Three

Prepare the ground that the hedge is to be placed in. Remove the existing grass or other vegetation. Use of a herbicide can accomplish the removal of vegetation. The area may also be ploughed to enable the planting of the Hawthorne hedge.


Step Four

Planting of the hedge should be accomplished while the plants are not in leaf, from October through March. The Hawthorne hedge should be planted in a double staggered row, however where space and funds may be limited it is OK to plant them in a single row.


Step Five

The creation of a well-drained bank will assist the growth of hedge plants.


Step Six

Protective netting, rabbit netting and individual spiral guards may be used to protect the young Hawthorne. Ensure that the base of the hedge is weed free; this can be accomplished by hand weeding or by using herbicides.


Step Seven

The hedge should be allowed to grow to 8 feet in height with main stems 2 to 4 inches thick at the base. If the stems are larger than 8 inches, they should be pruned away.


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