Bark for muching and play areas

Posted by Martin Woodhouse on 8 January 2015

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Now is the time of year to be thinking about mulching the garden; mulching will suppress weeds and conserve moisture. Mulching with ornamental bark will also give an attractive finish. Mulching at this time of year is particularly important if spring flowering bulbs or herbaceous perennials have been planted; it’s much easier to mulch before...

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Pruning apple & pear trees

Posted by Martin Woodhouse on 8 January 2015

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Winter is the best time of year for pruning apple and pear trees. Having a good pair of bypass secateurs (or loppers for larger branches) is important. Poor quality cutting tools will make jagged cuts and bruise the wood, which will allow entry for disease pathogens. Start by removing dead wood and any crossing branches....

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Eco-Compost® Soil Improver

Posted by Martin Woodhouse on 20 November 2014

When planting new trees and shrubs, particularly if you have heavy clay soil, it pays to improve the soil. Eco-Compost is peat-free and consists or sustainable natural ingredients. Eco-Compost® will break-up heavy clay soils, retain moisture in light soils and provide essential plant nutrients to boost new growth. Importantly, Eco-Compost® has a balanced pH, unlike many other...

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Eco-Grow® Root-Dip

Posted by Martin Woodhouse on 20 November 2014

Eco-Grow® is new root-dip product created by Woodgrow Horticulture Ltd and contains essential plant nutrients and bio-stimulants. The roots of bare-rooted trees and hedging plants are dipped in a solution of Eco-Grow® immediately before planting. Eco-Grow® stimulates the growth on new roots and beneficial mycorrhizal fungi, which is naturally present in most soils. Our own trials carried...

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Native hedgerow planting.

Posted by Martin Woodhouse on 20 November 2014

Hedgerows are nature’s wildlife highway and a haven for nesting birds, and now is the best time to plant a new hedgerow. At this time of year bare-rooted plants are available and good value. Hawthorn plants for example at 40-60cm can be bought for less than 30p each. Native hedgerows should consist of at least...

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Which is the best tree for a small garden?

Posted by Martin Woodhouse on 25 September 2014

I’m often asked this question but there isn’t a straight forward answer. Small trees are often slow growing and it can take many years for them to reach their full potential. I recommend that a stronger growing tree is planted, one which responds well to pruning. The tree will then reach its flowering or fruiting...

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