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Native bluebells 

May 1st, 2017 · No Comments

There are two species of bluebell found in the UK. Native or British bluebell and non-native Spanish bluebell. Cross-breeding between the two species means you may spot flowers which combine traits from both. The easiest way to tell the difference between native and non-native bluebells is to look at the colour of the pollen. If […]

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Mulching your garden borders

April 28th, 2017 · No Comments

One of the keys to creating a low maintenance gardening is to use mulches to suppress the weeds and reduce the need for weeding.  In areas that are predominantly trees and shrubs you can use a weed sheeting covering my bark chips or wood chip mulches. On areas that contain perennial plants it’s best to […]

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When To Prune A Passion Flower.

March 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Prune your passion flower is spring, when danger of the most severe frosts have passed.It is good to leave as much growth on during the winter to protect it from the weather even though it looks quite messy.Its hard to prune to any set format just follow the existing main stems and prune back to […]

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Bay Tree Damaged By Frost.

February 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Question With regards to your question on your bay tree damaged by frost over the winter months. Answer The damaged leaves will not recover and are best removed by hand.Once they have been removed feed them with a liquid plant food,for bay trees the best one is one high in phosphate such as a liquid […]

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Renovating an old allotment and removing difficult weeds

February 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

It’s not very often you get to take over an old allotments or an allotment from a previous owner where it is completely weed free normally taking over an allotment can be a bit of a nightmare as its often overgrown with grass and brambles. As you are going to grow vegetables in your allotment […]

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Renovating a lawn containing builders rubble

January 20th, 2017 · No Comments

If you buy a new house with a lawn full of builders rubble then you best bet is to start again as in the long run this will save a lot of time and money. To start it’s often best to kill the existing lawn a few weeks before with round up weed killer applying […]

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Ceanothus Damaged By Frost.

January 15th, 2017 · No Comments

We have noticed and indeed have had loads of questions this year about ceanothus being damaged by the frost and the bad weather. Our advice is to wait for a time to see if they re-shoots from the lower branches and then cut back to these green shoots.The shoot might take up until the end […]

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Plants Damaged By Frost.

January 15th, 2017 · No Comments

With this winter being on of the hardest of recent years now at the start of April its a good time to give your plants a helping hand.Many of the softer plants have been damaged such as ceanothus and fatsia japonica together with the slightly more exotic plants such as the bottle brush shrub. In […]

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Mimosa Damaged By Frost.

January 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Mimosa damaged by frost. It may possibly resprout from live wood so I would be inclined to wait before doing anything drastic.A way of telling whether there is still green wood is to use your finger nail to scrape away some of the bark.If it is still green underneath then you are in with a […]

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Winder Damage To Olive Plants.

January 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Olive plants although quite hardy are often damaged by winter winds and frosts which burn the leaves.This can be avoided by placing a horticultural fleece over the olive plants on the coldest days and nights or bring them inside if they are in containers.If your plants have been damaged they should recover in the spring […]

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Frost Damage On Pyracantha.

January 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Frost damage on Pyracantha – This will happen only in the hardest of winters or in a very exposed position.Normally resulting in leaf burn and leaf drop in the early spring.If the stems are still alive, you can tell this by lightly scratching a stem to see if its pith is still green underneath it […]

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Winter Damage To Bottle Bush.

January 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Over the last few years most bottle brush plants have got away without much damage.However in the UK this past winter has seen then suffer a considerable amount of damage.Bottle brush plants are not fully hardy in the UK and on the more frosty nights require to be covered by a horticultural fleece to add […]

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Bay Tree Winter Damage.

January 5th, 2017 · No Comments

Bay trees although fully hardy are often damaged by winter winds and frosts which burn the leaves.This can be avoided by placing a horticultural fleece over the bay plants on the coldest days and nights.If your plants have been damaged they should recover in the spring and to aid the recover you should feed them […]

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Potato cyst eelworms?

December 4th, 2016 · No Comments

Potato cyst eelworms? Eelworms also known as nematodes are a phylum of worm-like animals. There are more than 25, 000 described species although it is thought there could be more than a million. Most are microscopic, less than 1mm in length although some species reach 5cm or more. They are very abundant animals in almost […]

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Tips On Growing Camellias.

November 30th, 2016 · No Comments

Camellias need to be in a position in your garden that does not receive the sun before mid morning.The reason for this that the flower buds can drop if they thaw to quickly in the early spring frosts.Placing them in a position that allows them to be heated up by air temperature before the sun […]

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Pruning clematis montana rubens

November 30th, 2016 · No Comments

Pruning clematis montana rubens  They tend to be quite robust with regards to pruning so no need to worry about pruning it too hard. In the first season the pruning should be more about training tieing in shoot to get the plant to grow in the direction and areas you wish it to grow. Then […]

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Pruning climbing honeysuckle

November 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

Over the winter months you can prepare your honeysuckle for new growth and new flowers in the coming spring. First prune removing all the dead diseased and damaged stems cut back some of the new shoots that were created in last years growing season. Once all the leaves have fallen off in December or January […]

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Autumn leaves on the lawn

November 21st, 2016 · No Comments

It’s best to clear autumn leaves from the lawn regularly through the autumn and early winter period as if left they become damp and wet and can cause course fungal diseases in the grass. The leaves can be composited in your garden compost heap or can be placed in black bin liners with a handful […]

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Getting your compost heap ready for winter

November 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Now is a great time we getting your compost heap ready for the onset of winter. If you have an existing compost heap that has been started in the summer now is a good time to remove some of the compost from the base and spread it on your garden borders and vegetable areas. Ideally […]

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Mushrooms in your lawn

November 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Mushrooms in lawns are quite natural they are the fruiting bodies from mycelium that forms beneficial symbiotic relationship with the grass plants in the lawn helping them to uptake water and nutrients. The mycelium in your lawn helps to break down the organic matter in the lawns such as old pieces of wood or dead […]

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