Plant A Rosemary Hedge In The Garden
These are instructions to plant a rosemary hedge in the garden. Plant the rosemary hedge in a garden that receives full sunlight, at least six to eight hours per day. Mix a 2-inch layer of sand into the top 10 to 12 inches of soil at the planting site using a tiller to increase drainage of heavy soils. Till a 3- to 4-foot-wide strip along the ground. Adjust the tiller settings to loosen the soil to a depth of 18 inches. Spread 2 to 3 inches of compost over the planting site with a rake. Mix the compost into the top 10 to 12 inches of soil with the tiller. Dig a hole equal in depth and twice the width of the rosemary plant’s root ball using a shovel. Space the individual holes 12 to 14 inches apart to create a dense hedge and 16 to 18 inches apart for a lighter hedge. Scrape the bottom of each hole with a shovel to make it as flat as possible. Grasp the base of a rosemary plant in one hand and the bottom of its pot with the other hand. Tip the plant carefully on its side.
Slide the root ball gently out of the pot. Grasp the bottom of the plant’s root ball with both hands. Massage the bottom roots gently to slightly spread them out and stimulate outward growth. Place the rosemary plant upright in the center of a hole. Backfill the hole halfway. Tamp down the soil firmly but gently around the sides of the roots. Backfill the remaining space in the hole and tamp the soil down once more. Do not overfill the hole. Plant the rosemary at a depth equal to its previous growing depth. Water the soil around the newly planted rosemary bushes using a garden hose. Wet the soil thoroughly.