Hedging Guide

Bare Root

The cheapest and often the most cost effective way of planting hedging or young forestry plants, bare root hedging is available from November – March. Typically available from 40-60cm up to 200- 250cm tall in deciduous plants and up to 100cm in evergreen plants.


Root Balls

Typically, larger and more expensive than bare root plants, rootball hedging is lifted with much of the soil surrounding its roots still intact to reduce root disruption and reduce the risk of failure. More commonly mature deciduous er evergreen hedging a greater branching structure or multiple

Pot Grown
Available in a large range of sizes, pot grown hedging can be plated all year round. As the roots of pot grown hedging are self-contained the risk of failure tends to be lower, particularly in large evergreens.


Instant hedging
Available as pot or field-grown products, often the most expensive hedging option, instant hedging provides a dense screen or barrier and gives the impression of an established hedge.  Specified by height, width and depth it is often supplied in 1m lengths.

Clipped hedging units
Rootball or pot grown clipped hedging can be used to create an instant or near-instant screen. Clipped or trimmed over time to create a denser product, clipped hedging should be specified three-dimensionally rather than just by height.

What is deciduous hedging?

What is deciduous hedging? A deciduous hedge is a natural way to define a boundary with a natural-looking effect. They provide screening and give wildlife a home and provide great autumn colours before dropping their leaves. Deciduous hedging varieties are available throughout the year in containers or as bare root come November.

Popular deciduous hedging varieties we supply include:
Acer campestre
Carpinus betulus
Crataegus monogyna
Fagus sylvatica
Fagus sylvatica ‘purpurea’
Prunus spinosa

What is evergreen hedging?
Evergreen hedging retains its leaves throughout the winter months making it ideal for privacy screening, it also acts as a valuable sound barrier. Evergreen hedging is available all year in pots and between November and March as rootballs.

Popular evergreen varieities we supply include:
Prunus rotundifolia
Taxus Baccata
Ilex aquifolium
Buxus Sempervirens
Photinia Red Robin
Prunus Lusitanica


Please see our below guide to bare root and root ball hedging from planting densities to popular varieties we supply

Specification Key

TRFFeathered Transplant
BRBare root
RBRoot Ball
WRBWired Root Ball
1 + 01-year seedling
0 + 11-year hardwood cutting
1 + 11-year seedling transplanted for 1 year
1 + 21-year seedling transplanted for 2 years

HeightsRootPlants Per M
20-30cmBR/P9approx 5-7.
40-60cmBRapprox 5-7.
60-80cmBRapprox 5-7.
80-100cmBRapprox 5-7.
80-100cmRBapprox 2-3.
100-125cmBRapprox 3-5
100-125cmRBapprox 2-3
125-150cmBRapprox 3-5.
125-150cmRBapprox 2.
150-175cmBRapprox 3
150-175cmRBapprox 1-2.
175-200cmBRapprox 3
175-200cmRBapprox 1-2.
200-250cmBRapprox 3
200-250cmRBapprox 1