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Have I killed my newly planted hawthorn hedge?

I have just planted a hawthorn hedge (using one-year-old hawthorn whips). The planting trench was prepared with topsoil and the planting holes liberally sprinkled with bone meal.

However, a few days after planting the ground was top dressed with chicken manure pellets and compost and watered well and I have now heard that chicken manure pellets can kill young plants.

Have I killed my hedge? Will it be OK? Do I need to scrape off the top dressing or is it too late?


  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

    No, I'm sure it will be fine. I'm sure you'd have killed any little weeds on top though, but don't worry the hedge will be fine.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,433

    Just remember to water it well once a week through the first year. It is more likely to die of lack of water until it is established . Then it will survive anything.

  • SJTSJT Posts: 5

    Thank you. Do you know how long I can expect the hawthorn to start budding? I'm in the north east of Scotland, by the way, and it is pretty cold up here!

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Mine is coming into leaf now and it was put in this winter. I am in Leicestershire.

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