When planting the beech tree there are a few things you need to know. The beech tree is a very popular choice for hedges, but can also make a magnificent specimen tree in the right setting. Beech trees are fast growing and can reach up to 40m in height, however they are short lived and only live for around 100 years.
The beech tree is a deciduous tree which means it will lose its leaves in winter. It is tolerant of most soil types but prefers a well-drained chalky soil.
Beech trees need very little maintenance and are happy to be left to their own devices. However, if you want to keep your beech hedge trimmed then you will need to cut it twice a year.
Here are a few tips on how to care for a beech hedge plant:
- It is important that you water young deciduous plants deeply during its first growing season, during dry season and in late fall before the ground freezes. You can use a hose or drip irrigation for about 20 to 30 minutes every week. Deciduous trees that are already matured, should only get water during dry spells.
- It is important that you apply a 6-8 cm layer of mulch around the plant to suppress the growth of other plants and weeds. Also, it will reduce the loss of moisture.
- Feed the deciduous plants once a year. Sprinkle fertilizer on the soil, but don’t let it touch the trunk of the tree or its leaves.