Archive for July, 2013

Love Your Garden Hedges

If you tuned into ITV on Tuesday night you will have noticed the Love Your Garden team planting our beautiful Laurel Hedging. There are so many fantastic benefits of hedging that make it a much more viable option to fencing:

Hedges Vs. Fences

  • Hedges are a lot more cost effective than bulk buying fences
  • They require minimal maintenance and may never need replacing
  • Dense hedges create a windbreak for the rest of the garden
  • Hedging can reduce noise and absorb pollution in urban areas
  • They offer privacy whilst also attracting wildlife

As Love Your Garden were working to a deadline, they opted for ‘instant’ hedging. However, it is far more cost-effective to plant younger, smaller hedging plants and care for them whilst they grow. Our Laurel Hedging starts from £1.71, and as you can see from Love Your Garden, they grow up to create a lush, dense hedge.

Love Your Garden - Finished Result

Love Your Garden – Finished Result

Laurel Hedging boasts many benefits. As a fast growing, evergreen hedging plant, it is particularly hardy and will flourish in pretty much all sites, including dry soils or shaded areas. It is fairly low maintenance and only needs pruning once a year in Spring or Summer. It can be pruned into a formal hedge, or kept slightly bushy for a more natural look.

When planting any hedging, we agree with Alan that it is very important to plant properly. We recommend Root Grow, which enables plants to extract nutrients and absorb moisture more efficiently.

Laurel Hedging makes a great privacy screen

Laurel Hedging makes a great privacy screen

If you’re interested in Hedging but looking for a different aesthetic, Alan also recommended Pyracantha Hedging Plants. They are an ideal intruder deterrent due to their spiny foliage, and there are three different varieties to choose from which produce, red, orange or yellow berries.

Alan and the team had a huge garden to work with on Tuesday’s show but these looks can still be achieved in smaller spaces. A great way to create a feature filled look in a smaller garden is to utilise your vertical space. Tall, narrow trees are an interesting way to frame the view of any garden. Alan used a beautiful combination of pink and white Crab Apple trees which offer year round interest from their flowers, fruit and autumn colour. Our sister site Ornamental Trees has a wide range of beautiful trees to choose from.

We hope you’re all enjoying the Love Your Garden series as much as we are! Just remember, there are Hedging options available to suit all budgets and gardens.

Don’t forget you will receive 10% off with the Discount Code ALAN until Friday!

Defence against Drought

In very hot weather your lawn turf will have a tendency to dry out and may turn brown.  Although this doesn’t look very aesthetically pleasing don’t worry – it takes a lot more than a bit of dry weather to leave lasting damage! Only a very severe drought would kill off your roll on turf so in most situations, after a bit of rainfall, your turf will revive itself.

However it is always best to plan ahead when dry weather is on the horizon.  Our roll on lawn turf, with its fescue grasses, is more resistant to water shortages than some other finer blends of grass but even so it is always best to take extra car of it during the drier summer months.

 

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All lawns require watering during dry weather but depending on their age their needs may vary:

  • Newly created roll on lawns – these require a thorough initial watering followed by regular daily watering, soaking right through to the soil beneath – provided there are no hosepipe restrictions in force.  It is worth assessing watering constraints before looking to lay your lawn as even high quality turf will need good watering in the first stages of establishment.
  • Established garden lawns – these turf lawns are already established and can reach in to the soil for their water supply.  However once the soil becomes dry in the summer months they will require watering so that the grass doesn’t start to go brown. If the dry weather has caused the ground to go hard then you can spike it with a garden fork to help the water soak through in to the soil.

The best times to water your lawn turf are in the early morning, evening or even night-time, to reduce the effect of evaporation.

A bit of cautionary advice

Don’t apply too much water – this can make your lawn turf less drought-tolerant, which could be a problem during hosepipe bans.  Warm, soggy grass also provides the optimum conditions for disease and moss growth which we want to avoid. Watering once a week should be sufficient.

Don’t use weed killer on turf that has been affected by drought -delay application until the following spring, when the grass and weeds are back to their normal healthy selves, otherwise the chemicals may damage the already weakened roll on turf.