Using 5ft beech hedge plants that are pot grown are the most effective way to planting a reasonable height beech hedge and giving it the best chance of establishing quickly. These beech hedge plants are all over 5ft (150cm) and come in a 10lt pot so their roots are well established and are a much more premium product than bare root beech hedging.
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 5ft 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. Being relatively tall, these plants will come close to achieving immediate eye level privacy, especially if planted in a double row.
Beech should be planted 45cm apart in a single row (as shown in the photograph) or 60cm apart in a double row.
Beech hedge plants do not like waterlogged soil but if you are planting during the drier months of the year, it is important to water them properly during their first year after planting. This is best done using leaky hose which is cheap, easy to install and highly effective. See our Accessories page for more details.
More information on planting a 5ft beech hedge can be found on the beech hedging category page.