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Hornbeam hedge and planting medium

Hi and help

I am about to take delivery of 75 hornbeam bareroot trees in early March to plant around the perimeter of my garden.  I need to order top soil to to plant the hornbeams into (approx 8 tom!) should I mix the new top soild with compost (I live in Dorset on chalk) to ensure some water retention and nutrients. 

I was planning to purchase the compost from the local authroity in bulk. 



  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,698

    It really all depends on what your topsoil looks like when you get it. It varies enormously. Somebody round here with more money than sense insisted on ordering the crème de la crème of topsoil that had to come from miles away. Tonnes of it was tipped onto their sloping garden. The first heavy rain revealed their folly. The texture was so fine that the excess water washed off and formed canyons in the beds while the wind formed a hard crust on the surface preventing further rain from sinking in. The whole lot was grubbed up and taken away and replaced with your basic topsoil from down the road.

    If the topsoil looks good and feels good then compost shouldn't really be needed.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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