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    Default Will nettles smother quicks?

    I'm putting in a new 60m hedge at the back in a few weeks. About half of thatvis damp ground that grows a lot of nettles every year. I'm getting free white thorn quicks that are quite small. Will they survive the nettles? It's the roots I'm concerned about.

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    Nettles are really easy to pull out of the ground, just wear arm length gloves & goggles.............
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    I don't really know, but I do know that nettles grow fast and tall and their roots spread in a thick mass, so I'm guessing they would out-compete the white-thorn.

    Is it possible to dig out all the nettle roots before planting? I was digging some out in my garden a couple of days ago and they are tough but not very deep. I needed to wear gloves though, because they are starting to sprout and even small nettles sting.

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    I would mulch, probably with some kind of membrane of at least brown cardboard or a thick layer of newspaper and then woodchip or compost and grass clippings. That will exclude the light and give the hedge a year or two head start.
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    Fresh or rotted grass clippings? I'll have plenty of those so that won't be a problem. Now if geese ate nettles I'd be sorted.

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    Yes fresh or rotten will do. It's to keep moisture in and light out.

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