Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Our new hedgerow has been in the ground for almost exactly one year now, but it seems that one particular area has grown noticeably better than the others. This is where we created our 'cherry-tree island' by putting down a weed control membrane and then covering with plum-coloured shale. The new growth on this three-or-four metre stretch outperformed the rest of the hedge last year by a wide margin.
We're assuming the better growth in this area was because these hedge plants didn't have to compete with weeds and grass for nutrients in the soil throughout the growing season, and so we've decided to put down a weed membrane along the whole length of the hedge. Now is an ideal time with everything dormant in the garden. We want more cover from the hedge this year to screen off the new garden - overall, last year's growth was quite disappointing despite the decent weather we had in the summer.