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By Ahb123

County Tyrone, United Kingdom Gb

Hi all I am really sorry for being unclear, i was typing on ablackberry and it sent before i gota chance to re read. I planted the bare roots prob, around the 6-8 inch depth mark. I put organic chicken manure pellets on bottom then little soil followed by the plant. The plants are 60-90 cm. Soil quality would be standard, mountain, soil. I think that type of Laurel is Portugese. ?? I from Northern ireland and weather has been good, very little rain, temp around 13-19oC I have the hedge covered in a mess matting and then fine pebbles. Some people have adviced to water well and other say the laurel dont like water and you can kill them. I have nearly 1000 bare roots planted and i need your help and advice so i dont loose them.



I'm not aware that Laurels can be overwatered but i'm not an expert on them.

Bare root trees and shrubs are going to take some time to build their root system and whilst they're doing it they definately are going to need plenty of water and if you too have had very little rain there then you should have had the hosepipe out once a week to keep them moist.
I'd start watering them and keep your fingers crossed.

By the way, what purpose does the mesh matting serve ?
The pebbles you're using as a mulch to reduce water evaporation, that i understand.
Can the water reach the roots through these barriers sufficiently ?

19 Apr, 2011


Have a look at this link. It shows a photograph from which you might be able to identify your hedge but whichever laurel it is, the planting and watering advice is good.

20 Apr, 2011


A thousand bare root plants is a long hedge.
The preparation for multiple planting and/or hedge planting is crucial because it is so expensive if they fail.

So, for hedge planting, digging a trench would have been a suggestion and then placing the plants into this well prepared area and making sure that the watering / irrigation is done on a regular basis, to make sure the roots get off to a good start.

I'm still inclined to think that as you have had a dry season so far that the plants roots haven't had as much moisture as they could have done with and if you've been told that watering's not that good for them you might have hindered their growth a bit.

20 Apr, 2011


Unless you've planted your hedging into a concrete trough with no drainage, it isn't possible to over water them in open ground. Water, water, water, and you'll need to do that during dry spells for the first 18 months to 2 years, till they're well established, especially as you planted them bare root - right now, you're in danger of losing the lot without sufficient water in this very dry spell.

20 Apr, 2011

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