When Is The Right Time To Plant Root Ball Trees, Bare Root Trees and Hedging?
Knowing what and when you are going to plant is the first step when it comes to organising Tree planting and Hedge planting. Whether to use root balled trees, bare root trees or hedging for planting in your desired space will depend on a number of factors. Tom O’connor landscape service have over 30 years experience in planting trees and hedges throughout Ireland. We also offer hedge cutting services and lawn installation.
Selecting Your Plants
Your choice of trees and plants will largely be determined on the conditions of the chosen site and the purpose or functionality of the plants. Look to see what types of species grow well in your area, this is always a good indicator of what will thrive. Also the purpose of your stock! Do you want shade, do you want to encourage wildlife, do you want firewood, fruit, nuts, scenic and seasonal beauty. These are all things to consider when planting bareroot trees, ball root trees or hedge plants.
Root Ball Trees
Root ball is the term given to a tree that is to planted that has been taken out of the ground with the roots and clay intact. This way the tree has a great chance of successfully being transplanted as the delicate root system is to the most part undisturbed. This is also a great way to buy and install ready grown large tree species. This is a an instant solution for areas that need some large foliage that otherwise take a few years to grow. The tree is lifted with the root ball and clay attached, wrapped in a hession type sack and inserted directly as is into the ground.
Bare Root Trees
This system of planting allows the grower to transplant the tree or shrub directly as soon as possible when taken from the ground.Deciduous trees, up to a certain height and age can be planted in this way from November through to March. This is an ideal time of the year as the ground is moist and it allows the plant to settle in and by the the time spring rolls in the plants is established and starts growing new leaves, shoots and fruit. It also keeps down your costs as you are not buying soil or pots but simply the bare root trees.
Hedging planting is ideally done during the dormant season which is this time of the year. The younger the plant the better chance of success. It is best to insert the plant directly into the soil without adding (other soil ) as this will ensure the plant immediately starts to adapt to its own surroundings without any special attention. Hedging can also be planted bare root but as with any bare root planting it is imperative to avoid the plant drying out. They can be wrapped in damp or moist clothes when transporting or being stored temporarily. Once in good to keep base mulched up with compost or leaves. It is also a good idea to do a little hedge cutting at this time of the year as this help the plant to focus on its root system.
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