Bare root beech hedging

colm kelly asked 12 years ago

I am presently planting a bare root hedge and had sprayed the grass with Round-up and turned over the sod after it was burned away. Problem now is the clay is very wet and heavy after the rain. Will the beech survive in this clay with the level of saturation?I have drained the back of the hedging area but soil very sticky. I have 150 plants down and another 200 to go. I am storing the remainder in heavy clay also.Am i wise?

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 4 years ago
It is best not to plant in wet weather, beacuse the soil can be easily compacted and become airless and beech in particular reacts badly to this.

But this is only a temporary problem … if the basic drainage is good. Beech does not like the ground to be too heavy or wet. It must drain well. The roots are fine and die easily if deprived of air.