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The Ashridge Nurseries Blog

  • 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...
  • In the beginning.... there was Hedging

    I suppose this should have started nearer the beginning - Ashridge Trees is our business. We grow and sell about 2 million plants a year. We have a huge range of hedging plants and hedge shrubs. I suppose you could say we major on hedging. But we also grow and sell...
  • Saving a Tree that is Falling Over

    It crossed my mind this morning that we are in August. September is the other month of the equinox (exactly half a year away from Shakespeare's "Beware the Ides of March"). March and September are the months where the Earth tilts just more than halfway to or from the Sun...
  • Hedging as an Investment Strategy

    It crossed my mind, following my negative equity brainwave post that some comparative costing would be informative. In absolute terms a 50 metre run of mixed country hedge plants would cost about £80 plus VAT.  It would take one unpracticed person less than a day to plant.  Other than clipping its maintenance...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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