To get your hedge to fill in quicker, we recommend taking these following three steps:
- Water your plants for the first 1-2 years, regularly. Once your plants have been in the ground for a few years, they will need very little watering as the roots have been established and had a chance to grow deep (being able to reach nutrients and water themselves). However, for the first 1-2 years after being planted, they will need a lot of water to grow effectively and fill in fast. It will give them what they need to produce and speed up new growth.
- Fertilise with a slow-release, high-nitrogen fertiliser. It's best to apply this in the spring, just before new growth begins coming through. This will give the plant ultimate strength and nutrients it needs to grow well/fill in quicker.
- Be sure to prune at the right time. Yearly pruning may sound like the wrong thing to do when you're wanting a hedge to fill in quickly, but in fact, pruning stimulates new growth which therefore will help your hedge to build up its structure much quicker. The best time to prune is at the beginning of spring.