I would like to know a little about how is best to go about planting a copper beech hedge, and when is the best time to do this?How far apart should they be planted? Should I mix compost or some type of soil enhancer to them?Should I add bone meal?Also I would like to know, how do I go about taking cuttings from the hedge?
Dig a trench along the line of the hedge and plant about 40cm apart. There is no need for fertilizer if the soil is good but it does help growth in the early years. Use some tree and shrub fertilizer mixed into the back fill soil at 50g per metre run of hedge.
Poor soil can be improved with garden compost or other organic material but is not essential.
It is not possible to take cuttings of beech as very few, if any, will root.