FAQ: Shrubs and Hedging Plants in January to March

FAQ: Shrubs and Hedging Plants in January to March

Can I plant shrubs and hedging plants during January to March?

Yes, you can plant bare-root shrubs and hedging plants during this period as long as the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. It's a great time to plant since these plants are dormant, and it allows them to establish roots in their new location before the growing season begins.

Is it necessary to prune shrubs and hedging plants at this time of year?

For most deciduous shrubs and hedging plants, late winter (February to March) is an ideal time to prune because the plants are still dormant. Pruning before the spring growth begins can help improve the plant's vigour and shape. However, for spring-flowering shrubs, it's best to wait until after they've flowered to avoid cutting off any buds.

How can I protect my newly planted shrubs and hedges from frost?

Mulching around the base of the plants can help protect the roots from frost. Additionally, covering the plants with horticultural fleece during particularly cold nights can provide extra protection against frost damage.

Should I water my shrubs and hedging plants during this period?

While the plants are dormant and the weather is cooler, they will require less water. However, it's important to ensure that they do not dry out completely, especially if there's been a lack of rain. Water newly planted shrubs and hedges deeply but infrequently, ensuring that the soil is moist but not waterlogged.

What types of hedging plants are best to plant during January to March?

Deciduous hedging plants, such as Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Beech (Fagus sylvatica), and Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), are excellent choices to plant during this period as bare-root plants. These species establish well when planted in their dormant season, ready to grow vigorously in spring.

How do I prepare the soil for planting shrubs and hedging plants?

Before planting, it's important to prepare the soil by removing weeds, rocks, and debris. Dig a hole that's as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Enrich the soil by incorporating well-rotted organic matter or compost to improve drainage and provide nutrients. This preparation ensures the best start for your new plants.

Can I start shaping my hedge right after planting?

It's generally a good idea to wait until the hedge has established before starting any major shaping or pruning. However, for some fast-growing hedging plants, light pruning in the first year can encourage bushier growth. Always check the specific care requirements for the type of hedge you are planting to ensure optimal growth and health.

Can I still buy shrubs and hedging plants from Thompson's during January to March?

Yes, Thompson's Plant Centre offers a wide range of shrubs and hedging plants during January to March. While some varieties may be available for purchase online, we recommend visiting your local Thompson's branch to access our full range and receive personalised advice from our gardening experts on selecting and caring for your plants.