When should I plant English Holly hedging?
The best time to plant your English Holly is from the middle of autumn through to late winter (as long as the ground is not frozen).
How far apart do you plant English Holly plants?
If you are wanting to create a nice, dense-looking hedge with your Holly, we recommend planting at least 60cm apart. This does, of course, depend on the size of the plant purchased - if around 40/60cm tall plants are being planted, you will need to plant at least 3 per metre, at around 30cm apart.
How to plant your English Holly:
Amend the soil around the planting area with rich compost, first. Then dig the amendments about 8 inches deep, as this will improve drainage and add nutrients to the soil (which help boost the Holly's establishment).̴Ì?
Dig the hole as deep as the plant's root mass - if planting a long hedge, however, it is best to dig a trench.
If your Holly plants were bought in containers, be sure to break up the root balls slightly with something like a garden cultivator. If you have root balls covered in burlap, however, the roots should be scored already.
Place the Holly into the hole(s)/trench, and backfill with the excess soil. Press down gently but firmly to ensure the hedging is secure, but still airy enough.
Water for 20 minutes, three times a week, for about a year after planting. We also recommend applying a 2-4" layer of mulch around the base of the hedging, to ensure as much moisture and warmth is maintained in the soil.