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    Shirleygardener is offline Germinator
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    Having just read about keeping fresh horse manure, I am going to do the half and half method. If I dig it in 6 weeks after keeping in buckets, how soon can I plant bare rooted 'red robin' trees to grow into a tall hedge?
    This is on ground that has just been cleared of two leylandii trees.
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    I'd give it 3 or 4 weeks between manuring and planting.

    If you can get a good pole of manure and cover it to keep out the rain the ideal time to apply it for fruit and veg would be early Spring - a lot of the goodness is washed out by water if it is left exposed.

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    hello and welcome Shirley

    Have you got the bare root shrubs already? Are they on order?
    I’d be tempted not to bother with the manure until the spring. Let it rot down and then use it as a top dressing.

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    I'd let it rot a bit and use it to topdress. If you add it to the planting holes then the roots might not want to spread out from the enriched soil and the trees won't get a healthy root system. If you just use the normal soil that'e there then the roots will be encouraged to spread out and search for nutrients anchoring the plants in better.

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    Thank you so much for your useful replies. It was good that they were all different, that proves there is never a 100% right/wrong answer in gardening.

    You will definitely be hearing from me again.
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    Fresh horse manure can be very hot and can damage fine roots, I'd agree with leaving the poo till after the winter and add as a top dressing/mulch. I don't use it on edibles either, due to concerns over the feed the horses may have eaten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickdub View Post
    the ideal time to apply it for fruit and veg would be early Spring.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    I’d be tempted not to bother with the manure until the spring. Let it rot down and then use it as a top dressing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    I'd let it rot a bit and use it to topdress.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shirleygardener View Post
    Thank you so much for your useful replies. It was good that they were all different, that proves there is never a 100% right/wrong answer in gardening.
    On this occasion I think we all said the same thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    hello and welcome Shirley

    Have you got the bare root shrubs already? Are they on order?
    I’d be tempted not to bother with the manure until the spring. Let it rot down and then use it as a top dressing.

    Guide for shrub planting here:
    https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=237
    I'm with this as well

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