Autumn Hedge Planting

Autumn is the original traditional time for planting with its Milder temperatures and moist soils, this makes for the ideal conditions as it allows your plants to develop a strong root base over the winter period thus ensuring less stress on watering  in spring.

Hedging plants are easy to plant and form an attractive boundary more quickly than many gardeners imagine. As well as providing structure to the garden, they can be perfect for wildlife, and particularly nesting birds.

Ideally position boundary hedges so they are set back a little way (e.g. 60cm/2ft) from the boundary line. This will allow the hedge to fill out before it becomes an issue with overhanging the pavement or a neighbour’s property

Within the row planting distances vary from 30-60cm (1-2ft), depending on the plants’ final size, the size of hedge required and plant vigour. On sandy or heavy clay soils, mix organic matter, such as garden compost or a proprietary tree and shrub planting mix, with the soil dug out from the hole to backfill.

Water if the soil is dry

Mulch to a depth of 7.5cm (3in) after planting to prevent weeds.


Ensure plants are well-watered during dry spells for the next year.

Top-dress annually with a general-purpose fertiliser, such as osmocote slow release fertilizer and re-apply mulch as required

Keep the hedge rows around 45cm (18in) on each side weed-free

See image below Cherry laurel 2 Litre 3 year old plants  planted year one & seven years later

Cherry Laurel
Prunus Rotundifolia