When should I plant Wild Privet hedging?
The best time to plant Wild Privet plants, particularly bare root, is in fall. Pot grown plants are available year-round and can therefore be planted year-round (providing it is not too hot/cold). Bare root plants, on the other hand, can only be planted from November-March when the plants are dormant.
How far apart should I plant Wild Privet plants?
Although there is no specific number of plants you should plant per metre, 3 bare root plants per metre is the minimum, 5 is good, and 7 plants in a double staggered row will provide a dense hedge quickly. On average, pot grown plants are planted at around 3 per metre (30cm spacing).
How to plant Wild Privet:
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 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" later 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.