From April, those who are eager to grow native hedges will no longer be able to purchase plants that have been lifted from a field whilst still in their dormant state. Plenty of horticulturalists are choosing to plant hedges when the plants are least metabolically active as they are often able to achieve the same stunning results at a much lower price. This is because those who decide to lay the foundations of a hedge during the summer months will need to purchase plants that have been grown in containers, a process which incurs higher maintenance costs from the nursery and therefore works out to be a more expensive option.
Paul King, founder of King and Co and one of the area’s most well-regarded tree specialists, shares his tips on achieving the best results using bare root plants.
“The common mistake most people make is to leave their plants in a location that’s exposed to heat or frost whilst they are preparing the site for planting,” he explains. “The key is to make sure that your plants are not exposed to the elements at any stage whilst they are being carried or transported. If they encounter direct sunlight or drying winds, the roots may begin to desiccate and the re-plant will not be successful.
“It’s also important to ‘heel in’ the plants thoroughly so that the roots maintain enough contact with the soil.”
Those interested in placing last-minute bare root hedging orders are encouraged to contact the nursery directly. All bare root plants from King and Co are despatched overnight to ensure optimum freshness.
King and Co is the leading supplier of large semi-mature trees, shrubs and evergreens in Essex. The company’s tree nursery in Rayne boasts over 2000 containerised plants encompassing hundreds of different species. To browse some of the extensive range of trees available onsite, or to contact the sales and aftercare team at King and Co, please visit http://www.kingco.co.uk.