Hedging your bets
I'm planting a bare root hedge in the next few weeks and at the moment leaning towards copper beech mainly because of the fact that its quite ornamental and retains its old leaves during the winter months. I would like to get some peoples ideas on an evergreen alternative before I pull the trigger so to speak. I'd like to keep the hedge about 6- 8ft. high and maybe cut it max. twice per year. We are talking about roughly 30 metres of hedging in reasonably well drained neutral soil. I'm edging towards double row staggered planting for a fuller look more quickly and incorporating some bone meal into the soil before returning it to the trench. Also is it worth dipping the bare roots in some root grow solution at planting time. Finally to stake or not to stake ? Thanks !