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Pleached hedge spacing and supply

Morning all,Whilst on one of my bigger maintenance jobs, I opened my big mouth and said 'A pleached beech hedge would look really good there', so now I'm stuck with planting it.I know a common planting is hornbeam rather than beach for speed of growth and price, but the house is called 'The Beeches' and the hedge will be highly visible from roadside.My question(s) is/are:I've got a 29m run to plant, what kind of spacing should I be using? Heights will be 6ft clean stem with 6ft head, overall 12ft.Where might I find beech trees suitable? The client is on something of a budget so am looking for plants to grow on in-situ. I need trees with 6ft of clear, straight stem with a branch network starting about that height. (They can have branchlets below that point as I can clean those off at a later date). I've tried a couple of local nurseries in my area but they don't seem to be able to supply these.Thanks in advance!

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    quick bit or research looks like planting every 2-3 m depending on plant size but i would think 2.5 would be furthest apart for a good screen at that size 

     -- are you aiming to do all the pleaching yourself from basically an unpleached beech tree ? im guessing finding 'half' pleeched trees is going to difficult 

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      Dan, instant pleached trees from places like instahedge are about 10x my clients budget. My plan is to find some large-ish trees, put some post and tensioned wire up and train myself.

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    so im guessing you are looking for approx 4 m straight stemmed  rootballed plants - available from late october to april generally speaking 

    imagine you can get them for £75-120 each depending on quality ? Im guessing a lot of good nurseries can get these for you but you probably need photos or see them first to see if they suit you ?

    i reckon you can get properly pleached trees you want for around £400 each maybe less if you shop around ?

    Id imagine the pleaching will take four years to look good ?  wouldnt they be best just stumping up and saving the time ?

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      Dan, total height will be ~3.6m. My main search is for nurseries who might be able to supply the trees. They may take 4 years to meet but the customer simply does not want to lay out +£4k in one lump on trees when they will quite happily wait for them to grow.
  • only one job where I cut pleached limes 2 rows of 4 and about 8 ft. apart with about the same head as you want with a 2 ft. gap between them do not know where you will get them from in Norfolk    

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    tom -- im not sure about norfolk, but most large rootballed beech are imported from italy and europe, most good nurseries will have import contacts for such things 

    guess it will have to be an internet search - if you fall short i know one or two more down south that deal with such trees but no idea of transport costs 

    seagravenurseries in leciester deals with such plants but i have no idea on quality service etc 

     , -  a three and a half metre beech tree could have branches two meters wide in all directions , thats a lot of transport space , a huge amount of precision pruning 

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    you could also try contacting the better garden designers / landscape architects in your county 

    the better ones would certainly be using suppliers handling such things 

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