Prepping for hedgerow planting, what herbicide to use to kill off existing grass and weeds?


So we are looking to plant 200m of hedgerow this winter in one of our paddocks. As I only have a knapsack sprayer can people recommend a herbicide to use before hiring a rotovator to prep the ground? From what I can read about planting hedgerows the aim is to have a strip cleared of all growth for the plants to be planted in.


Is the hole not too big?
When we cut a slot with a spade we only make it just wide enough to put in the roots, tread it down and job done. The roots are often quite a wide fan, whereas your magic tool will restrict the roots.
Also if it was very wet would these holes not fill with water?
Be interesting to see if you did a comparison whether there was any difference.
We had a really good take with the hedge plants to be fair. The holes could be made smaller with a smaller diameter bar if preferred.


I do agree rotally with you @Ffermer Bach on the spirals. I wish the clever bods could come up with a biodegradable version, something that would last about 3 years max.

I need to use guards against hares and rabbits here.
Iirc the duchy were trialing biodegradable ones made from wool a couple of years back, but they did have a wire clip which was a bit of a draw back, incidentally, I think they're moving away from using guards and deer fencing and just planting thicker to compensate.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...