Plashing of Hedges, a term employed by farmers to denote an operation, which is performed on quickset hedges at certain seasons, with a view to assist their growth, and promote their durability. For this purpose, the principal stems should be selected to serve as stakes, at proper distances, the tops of which are to be ait off at the height of four feet from the. root ; the straggling side-branches of the other part of the hedge must also be lopped, and several of the remaining shrubs separated closely from their roots ; after which, the rest are transversely cut half way through, so that they may be bent to one side. These are next inflected in a position nearly horizontal, and interwoven with the upright stakes, in order to retain them in that situation. Farther, where hedges have been deformed with gaps, the divided quicksets ought to be laid very low at those particular spots, which should be supported by the addition of some dead stakes, or truncheons of willows. These wattiings will continue to vegetate, sending forth shoots from their stems ; and, as the upright branches that arise from the stakes (the tops of which had been cut off) in a short time force themselves upwards through the hedge, they will unite the whole into an entire body, so as to constitute a strong, durable, and elegant fence.
The operation of plashing is sometimes performed in October, but more generally in the month of February or March ; which latter season is the more eligible, because the divided plants will not be materially injured by the vernal frosts.