Watering Wisdom: Hedgecare this Summer

watering your hedgeYou’ve selected your plants.  You’ve made the most of the bare root planting season. What’s next?  We’ve some great tips on trimming in our topiary blog as well as guidance for your newly-planted trees and hedging plants.  The wind has been particularly tiresome and brutal this Spring – we’ve a blog about this, too.  But this month, it’s all about watering and trimming, whilst you wait for your feast of fresh Summer foliage.

Hedgecare in Summer: Watering Wisdom

Even though most of us have had a deluge over the past fortnight, it’s still advisable to keep an eye on the watering of your new plants.  Use water sparingly but you’ll need to make sure your young plants have all they need as they are not yet strong enough to seek out water from deeper ground themselves.

Some watering wisdom for you to follow in the next month or so:

  1. Collect and reuse water from rainfall or “grey water” from baths, showers or washing up. Lightly soapy water won’t hurt and might even help to fend off greenfly.
  2. When planting cell grown plants – available all year round – fill your newly dug hole to the top and let it drain before popping in your plant – this gives a little reservoir of moisture for your new plant in case of a dry spell.
  3. Keep the soil moist with a mulch and give your cell-grown plants the best possible start with using Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi to enhance their root systems and Broadleaf P4 Water Storing Granules to reduce watering frequency by up to 75%.

Find out more about hedge pruning this month – there’s different regimes for deciduous and evergreen.

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