Root laying

1. Easy root laying

In this method an easily accessible single root is retained in preference to the main stump of the pleacher
  • In the hawthorn hedge below the stem growing from the left stump has been completely severed from the stump 
  • However, it remains alive via the vertical secondary root that has been retained
  • This is a useful technique for lowering the base of a hedge on an eroded bank or where roots are exposed

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2. Full root laying

This is very time consuming and should only be used where there is no alternative.
 
The only way to utilise this stem is by root laying A lot of work, but the severed roots should create several new plants
  • Full root laying is only used where the stem is very gnarled and cannot be laid in the normal way
  • It is a last resort and very time consuming since you have to dig round the base of the stem severing most of the roots with a mattock or spade leaving just one or two attached in front of the stem in the direction of laying
  • The stem can then be pulled over into the required position
  • Severing the other roots serves to split the plant, creating new plants

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