When should I plant Hazel hedging?
Pot grown Hazel plants can be planted at any time of year, providing high temperatures in summer and frosty/freezing spells are avoided in winter. Bare root Hazel, however, can only be planted from November through to March, when the plants are dormant.
How far apart should I plant Hazel plants?
If looking for a dense hedge, we recommend planting 5 bare roots per metre, in a staggered form. Alternatively, 3 per metre in a straight line will still provide a good hedge, but just slightly less dense and wide.
How to plant Hazel:
With bare root plants, begin by soaking the roots for at least 2 hours in a large bucket of water. If you do not have a bucket to hand, or there are too many plants to soak, spraying with a garden hose for a few minutes will do the trick (the roots must be wet before planting).
Dig the hole to be at least twice as wide, but the same depth, as the plant's roots (usually around 60cm wide and 30cm deep). Mix the excess soil with some garden compost or well-rotted manure, to ensure the plants are provided with the best possible nutrients from the beginning.
Place the plants into the hole, ensuring they are straight and have enough room. Once satisfied, backfill with the excess soil, patting down as you go along to secure the plant and remove any air pockets.
Follow this by watering the plants very well and placing a 2-3" layer of mulch at the base of the plants. Continually and regularly water for the next 1-2 years of establishment, ensuring that they are provided with plenty during warmer temperatures.