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DamoH
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:03 pm    Post subject: Box Hedge question Reply with quote

Hello
Looking for some help on box hedging I have planted some 3 years ago.

1) I want to move some of the Box hedge and replant else where
I planted them in a staggered double row, but now feel that it will be too think for what I require. Is it possible to remove /replant one of these rows without damaging both rows of box?

2) The box hedge seems to be very slow growing, especially in 1 area. All boxes appear to be healthy, but I believe the soil is a bit too wet (clayey). Is there any way I can improve the soil / help the planted box at this stage, without disturbing them to much?

3) What feeds if any would you suggest for Box hedge and how should it be applied?

Thnaks
Damien
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Box hedgeing can be planted barerooted between October/March
There should be no problem lifting all the box during this time and adding organic mattter and grit to help improve soil structure and drainage.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Transplant your box hedging during the dormant season, but avoid frost periods.

When transplanting take care not to disturb or damage plant roots. Have the area where you intend to replant them prepared before lifting.

To improve your clay soil, i recommend adding well rotted farm yard manure, or grit sand. Box hedging like well drained soils so apply about 4 inches of either and work into the top 1ft 1/2 of soil.

Regarding feed, your box might be slow to establish until its second year. I wouldn't over feed your hedge, but a phosphorus based feed i.e. Super-phosphate will help establish roots and encourage young growth.

Only feed when the plant is growing
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