How to Plant a Beech Hedge


Beech shrubs are native to the U.K. They are deciduous shrubs with either yellow and green or purple foliage. Beech hedges may be left to brown naturally in the winter with their leaves intact to maintain a screen. Beech grows well in chalky, well-drained soil, but doesn't handle frost pockets or exposed positions very well. The Royal Horticultural Society recommends starting with bare-root transplants.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Select a location for the beech hedge. Choose a place with full sun for purple-leafed beech and partial shade for yellow-leafed beech, according to the Royal Horticulture Society. Make sure the soil drains well.

  • Rake up any large rocks from the area and pull any weeds.

  • Dig a planting trench as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Make the trench as long as you want the hedge to be.

  • Plant the bare-root beech shrubs in the late fall to winter, as long as the ground's not frozen. Place the shrubs in the trench and space them 18 to 25 inches apart.

  • Fill the trench with soil and pat it down. Water the beech shrubs well for 10 to 15 minutes.

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