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?