Over the Christmas break I managed to get our new hedge planted. This was to be 42m of hawthorn with a few home grafted cider apple trees spaced amongst it.
|Where the hedge is to grow. The "mole hills" are where I planted the cider trees|
The first thing I did was to make sure that we had all the posts in for the fence that would go either side of it (I'll do a how-to fencing post later in the month). Having these in first would mean than no plants would get damaged as we go about bashing the posts in.
I then planted the cider trees in the middle spaced at about 5m.
|The two lines marking where the hawthorn will be planted and the bunches of trees laid out to give an idea of spacing|
I then spaced out the 225 hawthorn plants evenly, it worked out at about 5-6 per meter. I laid a bundle of 6 plants every meter and that way as I worked down the hedge I knew I was planting at the right spacing.
|Slowly getting there|
I planted in sections, planting around 5 meters then going back and adding bamboo canes to each plant and then adding the rabbit collar over the top of them both. By doing it in sections I could see that the spacing was right and it broke up the monotony of the job.
|Seems like a long way!|
|Planting was simply done. A spade pushed into the ground and pushed forward|
|A hawthorn plant slipped in|
|Using my foot to push the earth back around it. Now repeat 225 times!|
It took me most of the day to plant it and although it's not nice work (standing up was a treat!) I got a real sense of satisfaction when it was finished.
|The finished hedge - I'll look forward to seeing how it grows|
I've still got to add two more apple trees and an oak tree on the far left before it's finished and I've also kept some hawthorn back to plant in a nursery bed to replace any plants that die over the next 12 months.
My main concern is that it's in a really wet part of the field so some of the roots might drown but hopefully it will be alright.
Anyone else planted a hedge from scratch? If so how did it go and how long before it really looked like a hedge?