We braved the wind and rain, and with our dormant saplings, started preparing the ground for planting. It is important to remove any pesky weeds, as they'll compete with our trees for space, light and nutrients and potentially stop them getting the start in life they need.
After we'd planted up our saplings, they were then caned for stability and protected from the elements with a plastic coating. Come spring, they'll be properly rooted and we can take these off and let them get on with it on their own.
Finally, we then applied a mulch, which is basically organic matter placed on the soil surface which acts as a weed suppressant, and also provides the soil with a little nutrient boost.
We think our hedgerow is going to look great. Thanks again to the Woodland Trust for providing us with the trees. Cup of tea well earned, I think!