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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Cutting back bare roots Reply with quote

I was wondering, if setting bare root shrubs such as
Hawthorn
Spindle
Guelder rose
Dogwood
Hazel

Which of these should be cut back after setting?
As far as I know the Guelder doesn't need to be cut back but I was told to slightly cut back the spindle although I didn't think I should but maybe I'm wrong, I will say I'm not looking for a neat and tidy hedge, more of a rough and wild type.

Also how far down should I cut the hazel back?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hawthorn planted as bare rooted can be cut back to approx 120cms this will encourage branching lower down from dormant buds.
Dogwoods are usually available as single stems they can also be cut back to encourage branching lower down, Dogwoods are available from garden centres usually with two stems you can see where they were previously cut back, These are usually bought in bare rooted and planted into 3ltr pots and you could be charged up to €16 for something that cost 50c or less to buy (Opps trade secret)
I wouldnt bother cutting back Spindle, Guilder or hasel until they have become established.
If you are planting a hedgerow plant the hazel at the ends it can then be cut back and used later if laying the hedge dont over do the spindle or guilder in the hedgerow if you are using it for stockproofing. Check out the Irish hedgelaying association website for more info.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information, the hawthorn are only young slips type bare roots, about 50cm so I'll probably cut them back a bit.
No not for stock proofing just a wildish garden to provide some privacy.
The dogwoods are already split in to a few branches.

When I do cut the hazel back, how small would I cut it to get it to bush out?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is well established you can coppice it every couple of years. ( Check Google Images) If you want to do it now leave it about 15cms high, watch that weeds dont smother your plants.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks greengage.
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