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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:18 am    Post subject: Preparing ground with moss for hedging Reply with quote

I plan to plant bare root hedging in winter in front of a wall. There is some moss now on the grass/ ground in front of the wall. How would I prepare the ground now? If I dig it and add compost fertiliser would it
A: Be of any use
and
B: Be washed off by then?

Or is it necessary to use a chemical to get rid of the moss. Prefer not to use chemical if possible
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't see why you would have to kill off the moss, would digging it up not be just as good and save you using chemicals?....you have plenty of time to prepare the ground, and to add compost or manure, and to keep it weed free, ready for the bare-root plants in, say, November.
Not sure about fertiliser....maybe wait till the spring and add it then.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Sive. Dig a trench, add a decent layer of organic matter (manure or compost), and check through the soil for any roots of weeds as you backfill. You'll need to keep the new hedge weed free for several years as it establishes. I'd use a layer of cardboard covered with autumn leaves to weight it down. The leaves will contain nutrients and beneficial fungi which will help the hedge to establish.
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