Box hedging for a fresh new driveway

Box hedging for a fresh new driveway

Box hedging for a fresh new driveway

Box hedging for a fresh new driveway

Always smart and very low maintenance.

The builders had made a fantastic job of the drive, it is so solid I think you could land a Jumbo Jet on it.  All the concrete did make for a bit of a challenge though when we planted the box next to it.

The trick is to plant the box roots at a bit of an angle next to concrete haunching

Box spirals ready for clipping

Box spirals ready for clipping

Dig a good trench at least a foot down and a foot wide.

Back fill with a good peat based compost. Place the roots as close to the drive edge as possible, laying them a little on their side to get the leafy part to the edge. Don’t worry by the next spring they will have grown upwards.

Garden design check list. Clipped box and bay trees

Clipped box and standard bay trees

Plant about seven per meter

I like to use 30 cm high plants, about seven plants to a meter in two close staggered rows. Look for two or three year old ones that have already been trimmed with flat tops.

Ready trimmed box plants

Ready trimmed box plants

Clip box once a year. But when?

My grandfather, who was a market gardener, always started clipping box on Derby day or soon after, which is usually the first week in July. At Hyde Hall, my local R.H.S. garden, they clip their box hedging beginning August first. I go with the beginning of July because the box hedging is getting so hairy by then that I know my garden owners will start getting a bit concerned.  I usually have all the box hedging clipped by about the third week in July

Do not put box trimmings on the compost heap!

Always be particularly careful to clear up as much of the trimmings as possible and either put them out with the green rubbish or burn them. Keep the base of the stems clear so that air can circulate. Don’t leave decaying material around to grow the dreaded box blight! Clean your shears with a good anti fungal cleaner each time you use them.

Three box spirals trimmed

Three box spirals trimmed

Feed at least once a year

The box in this situation will need feeding at least once a year in the spring and maybe again in the autumn. Box is incredibly tough but there are not a lot of nutrients in concrete. The leaves will show signs of yellowing when they are getting a bit hungry

Box hedge entrance

Box hedge entrance

Water box hedging over the summer

Because they are planted in such little soil along the edge of the drive they will need watering in the hot weather.

The bay trees are clipped spring, summer and autumn

so they need more maintenance than the box. These ones were planted a few years before the box so they are getting quite mature and can put on a lot of growth over a year.

Bay trees clipped

Bay trees clipped

Check bay trees for bay leaf suckers

And any other aphids. A good preventative measure is to hose the plants down over the summer months, to wash off the aphids and the honey dew that they leave behind. Black mould can grow on the honey dew which is unsightly and suffocates the leaves.

Box hedging for a fresh new driveway

Box hedging for a fresh new driveway

Box hedging for a fresh new driveway

Box hedging is incredible value, smart and very low maintenance, it only needs clipping once a year. Contact me if you would like a design for your garden.

Happy gardening

Wendy

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