Autumn Hedge Planting (1)

Container grown hedging plants can be planted throughout the year except when the ground is frozen or waterlogged. But, as we have said before, Autumn Hedge Planting has particular advantages for both the plants and the gardener…
Digging the hole…
So, you have to dig a few holes. When would you rather do it – when the ground is still soft and the weather still shirt-sleeves, or when the ground is hard and you need a good three layers to avoid frostbite?
The Hedging Plant’s Perspective
So, you’re a container grown hedging plant. When would you rather be introduced to your new (and permanent) home – when the ground is still warm with just the right amount of moisture so you can settle in gently and establish yourself or when it’s so cold you can do nothing but sit there and wait ‘til spring?
The answer to both questions is obvious and, for the really impatient among you, don’t forget that hedging plants planted in late summer and autumn will be ready to start growing immediately winter turns to spring.
In the next post we’ll look again at the simple rules for planting the perfect hedge…