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Bare Root Trees, Shrubs & Hedging

Many deciduous shrubs, trees and hedging plants, along with some evergreens, are available as bare root plants whilst they're dormant between November and March. Despite the dormancy, the roots will quietly establish and grow away below ground, ready to fuel a fabulous display of flowers and foliage once the soil warms up in the spring.
Bare root trees/shrubs are a great way to create a large hedge or fill a big space at a fraction of the cost of the same plants in containers. Some of the most popular hedging choices are Common Beech, Common Yew, Hawthorn and Leylandii. Choose holly plants if you're looking for a spiky, impenetrable intruder-proof screen; Sorbus Aucuparia for white flowers and red berries (deciduous); or box hedging if you want something that's slow growing, long lived and looks smart when kept well-clipped.
There are a number of advantages of bare root plants compared to their containerised counterparts:
  • Environmentally friendly - shipped without plastic pots
  • Better value for money than containerised plants
  • Quicker to establish as roots are in direct contact with the soil
The exact start and finish of the bare root season depends on the weather and varies from year to year. If the start of autumn is particularly warm then we may not begin shipping bare root stock until later in November and if winter breaks earlier and we have a warm spring then the season may end earlier in March.
Planting should take place at a time when conditions are not icy or snowy, the ground is not waterlogged and it's not excessively windy, ideally as soon as possible after taking delivery of your bare root plants. If this is not feasible, you'll need to care for your bare root plants for a number of days before they're ready to go into the ground.
Avoid planting too deep as this is the most common cause of failure of bare root plants and stake top-heavy and larger specimens on the side of the prevailing wind in more exposed locations..
We've produced an article on how to plant, grow and care for bare root plants to help you.




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