Large scale Laurel cuttings and propagation
My wife and I have just bought a home with 46 acres of land which has a public footpath running along about 500 metres of its boundary. We want to plant a Laurel hedge for security and privacy. For both financial and satisfaction reasons we would like to do this work ourselves. We are retired so have the time and are used to hard physical work ! There is already 100 metres of established Laurel hedging on the property ( I think Cherry) so we plan to take cuttings from these. I believe we would need to plant about 5 cuttings per metre ? This would mean taking approximately 2500 cuttings. We are not under estimating the scale of this project, our main concern is that after all the work and expense, we ensure the viability of the cuttings. We do have experience of large scale tree planting on another place we had but are not experienced horticulturists and have never taken a cutting in our lives ! We have the use of a digger for the eventual planting out. We are thinking it may be an idea to build a poly growing tunnel, placing the individual pots on a gravel base and putting in a drip system, perhaps two drippers per pot to bring the cuttings on for the 1st 12 months until we plant them out. Or would the cuttings do better stood in the open ? There are Muntjac deer, rabbits, badgers etc on the property but from what I understand these shouldn’t be a problem with laurel ?
We have a lot more detailed questions to ask but as an opener are we going in the right direction?
Thanks, Nick and Sue