Growing Native Farm Hedging is simple. If farm hedging wasn’t low-maintenance, it wouldn’t have been our rural barrier of choice for 6,000 years…
Growing Native Farm Hedging: Mixed Planting
With any form of mixed planting – and mixed hedging in particular – it is vital that all the featured plants have compatible preferences for growing conditions. In Farm Hedging, it is therefore not enough that all the varieties are native – they must also thrive together.
Planting Native Farm Hedging is no different to planting any other hedge. Simply follow the guidelines HERE. The only additional task is to ensure that the Hawthorn is evenly distributed throughout the length of the hedge. This is to maximise the aesthetics of the final hedge rather than for any horticultural reason.
We recommended planting in a double row with 20cm between each plant. This will produce a close-knit, effective – and natural – barrier.
Growing Native Farm Hedging: Soil
All varieties in our Native Farm Hedging are resolutely unfussy and will thrive in just about any soil: chalk, sand, loam or even clay. Of course, if your soil is very heavy clay, you should first mix in plenty of organic matter with some sand or grit. This is to provide good drainage and prevent the soil turning into a giant brick should we ever again have a sustained period of sun.
When it come to the soil’s pH, our Farm Hedging is equally sanguine and really isn’t bothered whether it is acid, neutral or alkaline.
Growing Native Farm Hedging: Situation
By virtue of its primary function, Native Farm Hedging is generally planted in the open and therefore in full sun – a situation all our varieties thrive in. But if you are planting in partial shade, rest assured they will be equally happy.
Growing Native Farm Hedging: Feeding and Watering
No feeding or watering is required though, as with all plants, watering immediately after planting is strongly advised.