What is the difference between container-grown, rootballed, and bare-root laurel hedging?

Container-grown plants are laurel plants that have been grown in pots. They can be planted any time of year as long as they are kept well watered during the growing season.

Rootball and bare-root laurel are field-grown plants which are dug up during the winter when the plants are dormant. They can only be planted between November and March when the plants are not growing. Bare-root plants have had all the soil shaken and washed off the roots. They are the cheapest but there is a high failure rate when planting these plants. Rootballed laurel is dug up with a ball of soil still around the roots. This is then held together using hessian or an equivalent material until planting.

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