Monthly Archives: July 2008

  • Testimonials

    It may seem like boasting (it is probably) but we get a great deal of praise from our customers about our plants.  So if you will find testimonials littering our website and we are also very proud of our Feefo rating which is impartial and (we think) puts us in a...
  • Pollinating Apple Trees

    Most apple trees are, to some extent, self-infertile and so heavier crops occur when they are pollinated by other, compatible varieties. Generally, different varieties of apple trees that flower at about the same time will cross-pollinate one another although there are some that both need a pollinator and refuse to repay the...
  • Copyright

    A quick word on copyright. Pictures, words and film are part of our business - we spend a great deal of time taking, researching and making them and they belong to Ashridge Trees. At the same time, provided their ownership is attributed we are generally pretty happy to see them...
  • Why choose a Boysenberry Bush?

    There is an increasing variety of hybrid berries on the market, which has led to a bit of confusion between Tayberries, Loganberries and Boysenberries to mention three. If you were choosing just variety, then we think Boysenberry plants have some real advantages over the rest. But first to parentage, as...
  • Bareroot Hedging, Trees and Shrubs are Better - The Reasons Why

    The planting season is closing in. Generally hedging and trees are planted between the beginning of November and the end of March. The reason for this is that plants move better if they are disturbed when dormant - a bit like a small child asleep on a sofa being moved...
  • Ways to save water - Part 2 (with thanks to Ian Dury)

    Continuing the theme.... 1. Don't cut your grass so short. If you let your lawn stay a bit longer - raise your lawnmower's cutting height - your grass will be less thirsty. The same applies to hedging - the more you cut the more it grows and the more water...
  • When is a Gage not a Gage

    There is actually not much difference between gages and plums.  Gages are generally considered to be green to yellow, while plums are red to purple.  But there are yellow plums such as Prunus domestica Pershore.  And Prunus domestica Jefferson is almost red.... What is certain is that the first "gages...
  • Dead and Dying Yew Hedges and Trees

    English Yew has a reputation for being indestructible, and given fair treatment, there are yew trees planted today that will still be alive when mankind (if we survive) will have escaped the solar system. At the same time, and like any living organism, English yew can die prematurely, but because...
  • Gooseberry Ice Cream (Utterly Delicious)

    Gooseberry Ice Cream Recipe to make at home I know this blog is themed around hedging, but.... June and July is the time of year that your gooseberries should be ready for picking – traditionally this is at Whitsun (which is the seventh Sunday after Easter Sunday) but as Easter...
  • August Jobs

    I will be adding to this over the next week or so. Yew Hedging If you are planning on planting a yew hedge this autumn, now is the time to start preparing the ground. Mark out the area you are going to plant - bareroot yew hedge plants are always...

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