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Lawn Care For Snowy Weather & Enter Our Winter Wonderland Competition

It is generally thought that there is little you can do to look after your turf in the snow and to a certain extent this is true, but there are still several precautions you can take to ensure your high quality turf is damaged to a lesser extent by the extreme weather.

The best solution to prevent the snow from damaging your grass lawn is to cover it up with an over-ground cover or to install an underground heater; however for most of us this isn’t possible (and seems a little extreme!) so these tactics are typically reserved for football or cricket pitches.

Instead there are simple actions that we recommend to help protect your roll on turf from the worst of the damage:

  1. First off the better the quality of your lawn turf and the more effectively you use fertiliser to increase the strength of your roll on turf throughout the year, the better its chances of survival in harsh weather conditions.
  2. Avoid walking across your lawn when the snow has settled.  We know that it’s fun creating footprints or snow angels, but the downside is that this can cause compaction of the snow in to the turf which damages the frozen tufts of grass beneath.
  3. Furthermore, when your lawn turf is soaked through following a thaw avoid walking on it, as this can cause compaction and damage to the delicate grass leaves. This is particularly important during the first year of establishment of your roll on lawn turf as, like a young child, it is more vulnerable to extreme changes in its environment.
  4. Watch out for the development of diseases such as snow mould, which you can’t see until the snow has melted away. The best thing to do in this case is to ask for advice and take action to remove the disease as soon as you see it forming. See more detailed information below to know what you are looking for.

Spotting Snow Mould

This is one of the severest lawn turf diseases and it is hard to manage.  Although it can be found throughout the year the most obvious time is following a snow thaw, hence the name snow mould.

The disease starts out as small patches of yellowish, dying grass, which eventually turn brown. These patches increase in size and may start merging together as the disease spreads.  In wetter conditions a white or pink fungus may also start to grow at the edges of the patches.

 

If you are concerned about snow mould then the best thing to do is to get in the experts but there are also actions you can take yourself:

  1. Help your lawn turf to dry out quickly after wet weather by airing it out.  Raking or spiking your roll on lawn turf will help with this, as will pruning back overhanging hedges and trees.
  2. Improve general airflow over your grass lawn by removing any dead leaves in the autumn

There is only one fungicide available to homeowners for the control of the disease, which is trifloxystrobin. It can be used throughout the year and in frozen conditions but the disease can build resistance to it so it is best to use it sparingly (about twice a year) and in conjunction with other fertiliser methods.

 

Competition Time!

Enter our Winter Wonderland Competition for your chance to win an amazing set of our garden hand tools!

 

 

(18.12.17 Competition now closed- well done to Sue Caton)

Pumpkin Carving Competition in Pictures

We had some fantastic entries in our Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition!

We asked for your votes and the winner is…

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Take a look at all of our entries below…

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Thank you everyone for entering!

 

Pumpkin Carving Competition

In the run up to Halloween, Hedges Direct are running a photo competition in which the lucky winner receives £100 to spend on our website. If you win, you can spend this cash prize however you want; hedge plants, topiary, planting essentials…it’s up to you!

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How do I enter?

Carve your Halloween pumpkin with your most creative design, take a picture and upload it to the following link: http://woobox.com/xk8hnh

You’ll have to enter your name and email address so we can get in touch with you.

How do you choose the winner?

The winner will be chosen by vote. We encourage everyone participating or not, to take a look at our pumpkin gallery and vote for their favourite design. You can vote for your personal favourite in the following link: http://woobox.com/xk8hnh/gallery?web=1 

When will the winner be announced? 

Entries are open until the 1st of November 8pm and the winner will be announced on social media and if your design has received the most public votes, you will receive an email letting you know and the great cash prize of £100 to spend at Hedges Direct!

Good Luck and Happy Halloween!

#HD30Days30Prizes Competition Winners

After a successful month long competition to celebrate 10 years trading, it’s finally time to reveal our 30 lucky winners…

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Date Prize Winner
01-Sep Bee Friendly Border Pack Mike James
02-Sep Bird feeding station Donna Michael
03-Sep Planting Essentials Pack Susan Crosswaite
04-Sep Hedge Trimmer Nicki Ramsay
05-Sep Topiary Ball Phill Worboys
06-Sep Bee Friendly Border Pack Christine Abdy
07-Sep Planting Essentials Pack Jeff Hardy
08-Sep Herb Garden Pack Andrew Burns
09-Sep Hedge Trimmer Tim Zybert
10-Sep Hebe Hedging Pack Sarah Ridgeway
11-Sep Nesting Box & Pack of 6 x Fatballs Jane Berrow
12-Sep Lavender Bundle Stephanie Thornley
13-Sep Topiary Spiral Mark Milsom
14-Sep Mini Meadow & After Plant Barry Graham
15-Sep Wildlife Friendly Hedging Pack Harold Perry
16-Sep Garden Tools Bundle Julie Clark
17-Sep Olive Topiary Standard Sarah Fleck
18-Sep Wicker Bird House & Pack of 6 x Fatballs Peter Hutchings
19-Sep Hedge Trimmer Paul Williams
20-Sep Mini Meadow & After Plant Lee Gardner
21-Sep Rosemary Bundle Leanne Bucknall
22-Sep Planting Essentials Pack Jenny Moore
23-Sep Euonymus Hedging Pack Donna Foxall
24-Sep Topiary Ball Georgia McAllister
25-Sep Planting Essentials Pack Rafal Kozinski
26-Sep Hedge Trimmer Jacquiline Brassington
27-Sep Evergreen Hedging Pack Linda Bird
28-Sep Wildlife Friendly Hedging Pack Helena Haddock
29-Sep Nesting Box & 2 x Bird Feeder Seed Shapes Roger Stanley
30-Sep Mini Meadow & After Plant  Rudy Roversi

Thank you again to everyone that entered and helped to celebrate our 10th Birthday!

There’ll be plenty more competitions in the coming months so make sure you stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrate our 10th Birthday with us by entering our #HD30Days30Prizes Competition

To celebrate 10 years of trading, we are giving away a prize a day throughout September in our #HD30Days30Prizes campaign. The month-long giveaway includes a huge selection of gardening goodies, from bird-friendly feeding stations to hedge trimmers that will help keep your Beech looking its best.

You can enter daily for your chance to win one of these fantastic prizes and help us celebrate our 10th Birthday!

HD-10th-Birthday-BannerPage previewEach prize draw will run for 24 hours on the individual day stated and the competition closes on Wednesday 30th September. Winners will be announced on Thursday 1st October. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page. Let us know you’ve entered @HedgesDirect using the hashtag #HD30Days30Prizes.

Stay tuned throughout September to see how else we’ll be celebrating and don’t forget to wish us Happy Birthday!

Win one of three Hedges Direct vouchers worth a total of £150 in our LYG Get The Look competition

Following the overwhelming response to our #HDLoveYourGarden campaign in June and July, for August we’ve taken more inspiration from ITV’s popular gardening makeover show, Love Your Garden, to offer tips and inspiration to help transform your own outdoor space.

This series we’ve supplied Yew instant hedging and Ivy screens to help create dream gardens for the worthy participants featured on the programme. This follows Mature Cherry Laurel hedging supplied in 2013, and mixed native instant hedging, English Lavender, Portuguese Laurel hedging and Box hedging in 2014.

Throughout the series, the team – led by Alan Titchmarsh – has updated gardens in all manner of shapes and sizes, adhering to the latest trends in landscape design. Lavender has been used to add colourful bursts amongst the flowerbeds, whilst creative topiary transformed tired looking terraces. The team leave no detail undone in producing something truly individual.

At Hedges Direct we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to love their garden, and so we’re dedicating the month of August to helping you make changes to your outdoor space, to convert your garden into the natural haven of your dreams.HDGetTheLook

To give you a head start, we’ll be offering three lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a Hedges Direct voucher to spend on anything that takes their fancy – whether that be an ornamental tree, some topiary or turf. Prizes are as follows:

1st Prize – £75 voucher

2nd Prize – £50 voucher

3rd Prize – £25 voucher

The competition closes on Friday 21 August 5pm, and winners will be announced on Monday 24 August. To enter, simply visit the Hedges Direct Facebook page, click on the #HDGetTheLook tab and input your details. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page. We’d also love to see photographs of your own gardens, tweet us @HedgesDirect with the hashtag #HDGetTheLook.

In order to help fuel your ideas we’ll be sharing how-to guides for the blog, to get your creative juices flowing – so stay tuned.

Throughout the summer we’ll be providing advice on how to make the most of getting out into the garden. If you’ve got any specific questions then please get in touch, our friendly team are on hand to help you make the right decisions for your gardening project.

Make sure you enter our competition, and stay tuned to ITV for Love Your Garden!

Win a fruit tree and planting kit worth a total of £170 in our #HDLoveYourGarden competition

To celebrate the third year that Hedges Direct is supporting gardening makeover show Love Your Garden, we’re giving away three fruit trees and planting kits worth a total of £170.

We’re delighted to be once again supplying our products to the popular ITV programme, presented by Alan Titchmarsh. After providing Mature Cherry Laurel hedging in 2013, and mixed native instant hedging, English Lavender, Portuguese Laurel hedging and Box hedging in 2014, we continue our support this season by supplying six metres of Yew instant hedging to appear in episode three of the series, which airs on 7 July.

Creating your dream garden can take years of nurture, maintenance and care, but Love Your Garden provides a helping hand to those in need of a boost, more often than not with tear-jerking results. Last year our donated plants helped transform a wildlife garden at a hospice in Luton, using a combination of native instant hedging and Lavender. And our Box hedging helped surprise the owners of a garden in South London.

HD LYG Competition

For the months of June and July we’ll be offering you a chance to win one of three fruit trees and planting kits:

1st Prize – Cherry tree & tree planting kit (including, stake & tie, rabbit guard and rootgrow)

2nd Prize – Apple tree & tree planting kit (including, stake & tie, rabbit guard and rootgrow)

3rd prize – Apple tree & tree planting kit (including, stake & tie, rabbit guard and rootgrow)

With a total prize value of over £170, this competition is not to be missed.

The competition closes on Friday 24 July at 5pm, and winners will be announced on Monday 27 July. To enter, simply visit the Hedges Direct Facebook page, click on the #HDLoveYourGarden tab and input your details. The winners will be chosen at random and announced on our Facebook page. We’d also love to see photographs of your own gardens, tweet us @HedgesDirect with the hashtag #HDLoveYourGarden.

Throughout the summer we’ll be providing advice on how to make the most of getting out into the garden. If you’ve got any specific questions then please get in touch, our friendly team are on hand to help you make the right decisions for your gardening project.

Make sure you enter our competition, and stay tuned to ITV for Love Your Garden!

#SummerGarden Competition: Win Lavender plants for your garden

Now that summer has finally arrived, we wanted to celebrate by giving you the chance to win some of our fantastic Lavender hedging plants to add a burst of fragrance and colour to your garden. The flowers are blooming proudly on the nursery and the sunny weather is making us feel generous so enter our #SummerGarden giveaway before it’s too late! Three lucky winners will receive a selection of Lavender plants that are perfect to plant in patio pots or to brighten up beds and borders.

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1st Prize – 4 Lavender pots
2nd Prize – 3 Lavender pots

3rd Prize – 2 Lavender pots

 Lavender is a diverse hedging plant that can be used to not only add a Mediterranean twist to your garden but the aromatic flowers and foliage can also be used to create summery cocktails and floral recipes, so for your chance to win your very own Lavender plants and get experimenting, visit the Hedges Direct Facebook page and click on the #SummerGarden tab to enter your details.

We’ll be sending the prizes out before the end of June to make sure our lucky winners get the most out of their Lavender this summer. You can also get involved in our celebrations by sharing photos of your own summer haven, using the hashtag #SummerGarden. Entries for the competition must be received by 5pm on Sunday 21st June and the winner’s will be announced on Monday 22nd June. Good luck!

Amazing Gardening Competition!

To celebrate the start of what we’re hoping will be a glorious summer, we’re launching a huge competition!

To be in with a chance of winning this Gardening Prize worth over £140 simply fill in the blank:

 

“My proudest gardening moment was . . . . . . . . .”

Win over £140 worth of gardening goodies!

Win over £140 worth of gardening goodies!

 

Head over to our Facebook page to enter. Don’t forget to LIKE our page for your entry to be counted!

Good Luck!

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