A hedge may be formed with many plants and shrubs, but in particular we want to focus on this occasion on how to plant a boxwood hedge. And, specifically, a boxwood hedge dwarf or boxwood small leaf, Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’.
The boxwood dwarf is an evergreen shrub, of compact structure. Its leaves are slightly smaller than the boj’s common. The growth of this shrub is very slow, about 10 cm per year. Gardening is mostly used to create edgings, that is to say hedges of less than 50 cm in height, to fence off areas of grass or solid.
Materials that we need:
- tape measure
- spray paint
- seedlings of box
To begin with we have to draw a straight line from which to work. Clavaremos a stake, where we want to begin planting the hedge and another on the opposite end. We tied the rope between the two stakes, and we have already a line. We can mark the ground with spray paint or lime to make sure they work.
To not divert us we can make a mark at about 60 cm of each stake and draw another straight line with paint. Thus we have delimited the space of work. We will remove the turf, if any, between both lines and go to work the land.
We measured the diameter of the root ball of the seedlings of boxwood that we have achieved in our garden center or plant nursery.
We will make a hole in the soil twice as wide as the diameter of the root ball of the boj. The depth should be slightly less than the height of the root ball.
Remove the seedling from its pot and untangled the mess of roots if you have one. You can cut even the roots too convoluted that can get you to coat the entire outside of the root ball. These roots do not serve us and we are interested in the roots of plants can begin to dig the earth.
To fill up the hole we will use soil and compost mixed. Apisonaremos a little so as not to get air bags. We are interested in the base of the trunk is a little higher than the ground level so that it does not puddle the water when watering. We will avoid in the future many problems related to fungal diseases.
We will use the variety of boxwood that best suits the climatic conditions of our area. Where better to inform us about it will be in our garden center as usual. In this example we use boxwood Korean that supports quite well the cold.
To form a hedge, plant the shrubs with a separation of between 30 and 45 cm On the other hand if we want to plant individual specimens so that they grow up isolated, the minimum separation will be about 120 cm
The roots of boxwood are not very deep so you need some insulation to protect them from the cold winter. The cushioning material such as the bark of pine for example we will serve with this purpose and it also helps to delay the evaporation. We will create a layer of mulch around the hedge with a thickness of 5-7 cm and always leaving a few inches free around the trunk of the bush to promote air circulation.