Before planting, consider the purpose of the hedge. If the hedge is intended to be stock-proof, it needs to comprise at least 75% thorny plants. Hawthorn,with the addition of blackthorn or holly, often provides the mainstay of stock-proof hedges. Plants which provide berries or seeds for birds are desirable.
Planting hedgerow trees, such as oak or ash will attract more wildlife and, if allowed to grow, will provide shelter and shade.
To estimate the number needed, measure the length to be planted and allow the following:
This is a typical mix, but other native species can be substituted.
Some people suggest planting dog rose in the initial mix (instead of some of the mixed trees perhaps), but thay can grow quickly, although it's easier to plant them at the beginning than to add them later!
To keep the cost down and to produce an effective hedge, the 600 hawthorn (or even more) should always be planted.
The plants will respond according to the preparation made at the time of planting, and also to the watering, feeding and weeding carried out in the first few years.