Monthly Archives: August 2008

  • Native Hedging: Top Ten Country Hits

    Almost any plant, provided it is woody and does not mind a bit of competition and being cut back occasionally can be used in a country hedge. But that does not make it a great native hedging plant. I have, honestly, seen a hedge made entirely from Ash. Interesting idea...
  • Ten Years After

    The ten year old wood We went to stay with the in-laws this week-end. They live in Leicestershire, just outside Market Harborough. My father in law is a natural planter - one of those people who looks on themselves as being a custodian (rather than an owner) of the landscape...
  • How Black Walnut Trees kill the competition

    "Could my walnut trees have killed other plants nearby?" This is a question we often get from people who bought trees and shrubs from us that died when planted near Juglans nigra.  When you sell as many plants as we do, this happens sometimes (and we replace them under guarantee so...
  • Blueberry Plants - New Varieties

    We sell a lot of plants each year and having only a few hundred of something popular tends to cause more trouble than it is worth - you sell out before the season has started and only end up upsetting people. Well, we have been building our stock of blueberry...
  • Rabbits eating your plants

    Rabbits are a complete pain if you happen to grow hedging and trees and fruit for a living. Cute looking they may be, but they have a horrid habit of biting branches straight through (usually close to the stem) and of tearing leaves off plants they don't bite... We have a...
  • Q & A

    This is the page where you can post questions about anything to do with hedging, fruit or ornamental trees.  We do not promise to be encyclopaedic, but we will try......     
  • How to prune Cordon Fruit Trees

    This is just about pruning cordons - there is a much longer piece on growing cordon fruit trees if you would like to know more. Cordons should be pruned every year around mid August (i.e. about now). Your cordon is ready for pruning when the new side shoots from the...
  • What to do with plants that produce suckers....

    Some hedging plants and native trees produce suckers (new plants that grow up from the parent plant's root system). Sometimes this is good - because you want a bushier plant. Rugosa roses make a bushier hedge, for example, because they sucker. Sometimes this is bad - because the sucker is the...
  • Apple Tree Pollination Groups

    If you are thinking about buying apple trees this year then you will want to make sure they are compatible in terms of pollination. This is a list of Apple Flowering Groups for the UK.  You can use it as a reference for the purposes of ensuring you have the...
  • Hedges and Life (Low and high)

    Continuing the theme of why hedging is, as 1066 and All That would have said, a thoroughly Good Thing. Sitting in the garden yesterday (before the rain) we played a drinking game where you paid a forfeit if you could not think of something to do with hedges and high...

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