Hedging & Tree Jobs

  • British native trees & climate change - The controversy!

    How much do you love the native woodlands of Britain? Nurseries like ours sell more native trees than anything else, so you'd probably think that I'd be one of their biggest fans. And I am. For now. We get asked about native plants for woodland & gardens a lot. I'm...
  • Planting trees beyond your lifetime...

    How to make money when you are Dead Mature trees can be worth money. Lots of money. A 50-60 year old walnut or oak tree is worth a good sum of pounds now and will be worth even more in the future. If you have the space to plant a...
  • A few garden jobs for April

    April Jobs

    April is such an exciting month in the garden; colour has returned with all the glorious spring bulbs, seeds are sprouting, and that bright flush of lime green new growth lights up the trees and hedgerows.

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  • Setting Fire To The Rain - Salix alba ‘Chermesina’

    Salix alba ‘Chermesina’
    There is one genus that has been thriving throughout this wet weather. Three months of torrential downpours and grey skies reminds us why no gardener should overlook the Willow genus. Let us not long for spring but instead linger in this damp moment a while. Whether your garden is big or small, it is time to make sure that when you look out of your window next January, there is a fire amongst the rain.
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  • Create a winter wonderland

     
    The low golden sun shining and sparkling on frosty hedges, branches and foliage is a wonder of the season, and is something to be truly celebrated.

    The lyrics to "In the bleak midwinter" don't offer the best encouragement for getting out in the garden. But with a few thoughtful planting choices you can be "Walking in a winter wonderland!"

    Although you may not want to be out in the garden that much in the depths of winter, it is still important to provide yourself with enticing views from the house.

    Most important are front gardens and pathways to your doors. These are places that - in rain, sleet and snow - you'll be passing through on a daily basis.

    And it's where you welcome your visitors. These are places you want to feel proud of, and to get great enjoyment from, in all seasons.
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  • Winter pruning: Don't cut corners...

     

    Winter pruning

    Clean up those secateurs for a decent
    bit of winter pruning

    To non gardeners it may not be obvious, but autumn can be one of the busiest times of year in the garden, and pruning is one of the most important tasks of the season.

    There are many trees and shrubs that need pruning or renovating in their dormant period if they are to avoid stress and recover before growth begins again in spring.

    Left unpruned, deciduous trees and shrubs can become leggy and unattractive, with soft and top fruit becoming unproductive and susceptible to disease.

    When carrying out your pruning it is really important to use clean sharp tools that will not leave any jagged edges that could prove an easy entry for infection.
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  • Honey fungus: The tree killer

     

    Honey fungus

    The honey-coloured fruiting bodies of honey fungus (Armillaria spp) (image: Wikimedia Commons)

    Honey fungus or Armillaria are a group of parasitic fungi. They attack trees, shrubs and woody perennials, and are one of the most destructive fungal diseases in the UK.

    They are also among some of the biggest living organisms in the world, their underground networks often covering many miles and living for up to a thousand years.

    It is so successful because, unlike most parasites that rely on keeping their hosts alive in order to extract nutrients, it can kill its host and continue living on the decaying matter for many years. Watch our video on how to diagnose honey fungus

    The fungi spread by long reddish brown root-like rhizomorphs that live close to the surface of the soil.

    They attach themselves to the root collar of woody plants, killing off the root systems leaving the host unable to absorb nutrients and water. You can watch our video on how to diagnose honey fungus
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  • Living sculpture: Topiary plants a little less ordinary

     

    Unusual topiary at Beckley Park

    The wonderfully surreal topiary garden at Beckley
    Park, Oxfordshire (image: Wikimedia Commons)

    Shrubs trained as topiary are at home in any garden.

    From a cottage setting where intriguing forms nestle casually between flowers and vegetables, to a much grander scheme where repetitive shapes are rigid and regimented, topiary can be both charming and formal.

    And let's not forget that when you trim your humble garden hedge, you're creating (a relatively simple form of) topiary!

    European topiary originated in Roman times, where the atriums that were so common in the grand houses of the day became home to geometric shapes and fantastical creatures clipped from evergreen shrubs.

    The formality and grandeur often associated with topiary began in the late 15th century with the Italian Renaissance gardens.

    These gardens were based on the idea of achieving beauty through order and symmetry, and the clipped forms of topiary as a design feature were used extensively.
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  • Choosing and planting potted hedging

     

    Instant hedging with container grown plants

    Container-grown green beech and copper beech
    on our nursery – just perfect for instant hedging!

    Container-grown hedging plants are perfect for planting all year round.

    Generally speaking, hedging is put in the ground over winter, using young bareroot plants when they are dormant.

    However, some circumstances call for a more instant, mature hedge – which is where container-grown (or potted) hedging plants play their part.
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  • A few gardening jobs for mid-March

     

    February gardening jobs

    Has your garden got that feeling of pent-up energy,
    ready to burst into action?

    Winter projects are being completed, most planting has probably been done, and gardens across the land are slowly waking up.

    Gardeners are rubbing their eyes too, not just at the lighter mornings, but also in disbelief at the moody swings our weather is bringing... again!

    The theme for our April photo competition is ‘Spring wildlife' and there's over £100 in vouchers to be won.So, as you return to your garden, keep your camera handy for any animal activity – birds, mammals, insects, spiders, amphibians... they all count!

    Here are a few ideas for things to do around the garden over the next couple of weeks:
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