Planting a bare root beech hedge is an economic way to plant a beech hedge without costing a fortune. These plants are all 120-140cm (4-5ft) tall and come bare rooted, that is to say that they are dug straight from the field and are sold without any soil around their roots. These plants should be planted as soon as possible after purchasing to avoid the roots drying out and damage occurring to the hedge plants.
Beech hedging is a very traditional form of hedging and is native to the UK. The first green leaves of the year are synonymous with the arrival of spring and the leaves will remain green until the autumn when they will turn a golden-copper brown colour. Beech, unlike many of its deciduous competitors, will retain its dead leaves on the hedge for most of the winter and they will only be pushed off by new growth the following spring. This helps a beech hedge to give an added level of visual privacy all year round.
These bare root beech hedge plants will put on around 1-1.5ft (30-45cm) of growth a year after planting and should be trimmed at their desired height when it is reached.
Beech should be planted 45cm apart in a single row or 60cm apart in a double row.
As these plants are bare root beech hedge plants, we recommend using Rootgrow which helps the plants produce a secondary system of roots. It is also important if deer and rabbits are prolific in your planting area to use spiral tree guards to protect them.
More information on beech hedges in general can be found on the beech hedging category page.