Hawthorn

  • Bring on the blossom

    Every year the anticipation mounts. I look out of my bedroom window at the ornamental plum tree on the street, scouring its deep claret branches for signs that the colour is changing, life stirring within. Subtly, from a solid winter opacity to something with just a hint of deepest rose...
  • Hawthorn Hedging - Tip No 4

    We are having a nice warm autumn with just a few cold nights. If you are thinking about planting a hawthorn hedge this winter, now is a really good time to strike a blow for the good guys and go after a few weeds. Perennial weeds like bindweed, docks, thistles...
  • Hawthorn Hedging - Tip No. 3

    Another hawthorn tip for those of you who planted your quickthorn (same as hawthorn) whips last year.  Hopefully you followed our instructions and cut each plant back by half when you planted it.  Equally hopefully, they all survived the weird winter last year and the very dry April.  (Second dry...
  • Hawthorn Hedge Planting - Tip 2

    This may sound silly, but it is amazing how well it works. If you have a good number of hawthorn hedge plants to get in the ground, why not have a hawthorn hedge planting party. Obviously you can get everyone to help lay weed proof fabric and tuck the edges...
  • Hawthorn Hedge Planting - Tip 1

    A lot of people will tell you to spray the weeds off before planting a hawthorn hedge. Don't bother. Use woven polypropylene weed prevention fabric instead. Cut the undergrowth short, put the fabric down where you want to plant the hedge and weigh it down with stones. If you want to...
  • Hawthorn: Hedge Plant Portraits

    If you will pardon the french, Hawthorn is the dog's b*****ks of a hedge plant. Most of the hedges near us (be they hawthorn, beech, whatever) come from us - not surprisingly as Ashridge Trees sells over 2 million plants a year of which a large proportion end up in...

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