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Garden Hedges Willows make excellent garden hedges in small and large gardens. Early catkins, attractive leaves and colouful winter stems ensure a varied and attractive appearance throughout the seasons. They will respond well to trimming and can be kept to a required height and thickness. They can even be cut ( or harvested ) once a year to provide a crop of rods for craft use in the home or school. A willow hedge is also an excellent addition to a wildlife garden providing valuable habitat for beneficial insects and birds and a wildlife corridor for small mammals. They are quick and easy to establish from cuttings. Simply strim any weeds, cover with a weed suppressing mulch mat and make holes in the soil with a bar. Plant the cuttings and firm the soil with your heel. Several varieties are good for garden hedges including Flanders red, Purpurea, Triandra, Vitellina, Harrisons Seedling B and Sarda Spacings A double row of 2ft cuttings, 25cm apart, planted through a 0.5m wide mulch mat will establish and grow quickly, usually reaching 6ft or more in the first growing season. NO DIGGING !! Make a hole in the ground with a metal bar, insert the willow cutting and firm with your heel. As easy as that! Windbreaks Willows are the windbreak plant par excellence. Traditionally grown around orchards and smallholdings, they can reduce windspeeds by as much as 60% even in the winter, providing shelter for stock, plants and people alike. “Super Willow” variety Viminalis will even tolerate very harsh conditions such as high altitude and coastal areas. They will typically grow 6ft or more in the first year and often reach 16ft or more by the third year. Ultimate height will be approx 25 to 30ft, or they can be trimmed to the height required. Spacings A double row of 2ft cuttings at 50cm  between plants and rows through a 1m wide mulch mat  makes a good start to a windbreak. Pollinate your Fruits Willow hedges and windbreaks are particularly useful around fruit and veg gardens not only for their shelter but also because they flower early in the season attracting pollinating insects which are then only too happy to move on to pollinating the fruit and veg. For this reason they are also good for honey bees. Garden Hedge and Windbreak Kits All kits come with comprehensive planting and maintenance instructions Please note: There is a minimum order of €50. How many Rows? A single row could be considered economy, whilst a double row would be standard and a triple row the deluxe version, suitable for very exposed sites. A double row would be ideal in most cases.           Kit H1    Kit H2 Kit H3          Mixed hedge    Mixed hedge Mixed hedge          One foot cuttings   One foot cuttings One foot cuttings          Mix of 3 varieties   Mix of 3 varieties  Mix of 3 varieties          Single row   Double row  Triple row          25cm spacings  25cm spacings  25cm spacings RING FOR LATEST PRICES  per m length per m length per m length  per m over 25m   per m over 13m per m over 8m     RING FOR LATEST PRICES To mulch or not to mulch ? Willow, like any other plant, will establish & grow more vigorously with no competition for nutrients, water & light from weeds (including grass). A woven mulch mat will allow water to penetrate to the willow roots and at the same time suppress weed competition. You will always get significantly better results from a small cutting in weed free conditions than a larger cutting in weedy conditions. 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These 5 month old willows started life as cuttings that were simply inserted into the ground  in the spring as one foot cutting Single willow row planting - Coppicing alternate plants Year 1 - Plant a row of willows 2' apart (for a dense screen, or further apart for a slightly looser one). Some varieties will grow 5-7' the first year. Year 2 - We recommends that you cut them all down to ground level (this is called coppicing). This results in a fuller screen the first year. However it is not required that you cut them all down. Year 3 - cut every other plant down to ground level. This leaves half of the plants to continue the screening effect, while the other half grow. The coppiced plants will provide  you with the colourful stems for the winter, while the older ones will only have colour on their new growth. The older plants may be pruned to whatever height you wish. Year 4 - coppiece the other plants which were not already coppiced last year. If you coppice every spring, it is unlikely that any further pruning will need to be done.  If you leave some for 2 years, then you may have to prune them to keep them the size you want. You might want to plant in 2 staggered rows for additional screening and/or winter color. Advantage: • you have a screening effect all year Suitable willows: • Flanders red, • Purpurea,  • Triandra, • Sarda A double row of willows This makes the densest screen. Plant willows 2-3' apart in each row. Plant two rows of willows (staggered) and coppice one row to the ground at the end of the winter. Coppice the other row the next winter. Plant basketry willows for the narrowest row. Advantage: • you will have a screen year-round • you will have catkins on the older row, as long as you leave it unpruned until they are finished blooming • one row will have the beautiful annual stem colour on those that display it Suitable willows: • Flanders red, • Purpurea,  • Triandra, • Sarda
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