By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Step 1 : Lay out the hedge line
Use a string and stakes to establish a straight row for the hedge. For a curved or winding hedge, lay down a rope or garden hose to mark it.
Step 2 : Dig the trench
Read the spacing requirements on the plant ID tag to find the suggested space between the plants and dig the holes according to those directions. Make sure you dig the holes deep and wide enough so the roots can spread out and grow. For a tight, dense hedge stagger the plants in two rows.
Step 3 : Plant the plants
Position each plant in their hole and make sure it is sitting upright and add fertilizer or organic matter to the soil. Build up the soil around the plants so it is at the same level as in the plant container. Remove any wires or tags from the branches so they don't restrict growth after planting.
Step 4 : Water and feed
Take care to water and nurture the new plants following the suggestions on the plant ID tag.