As we rapidly approach the end of the year there will be a few things you need to do to get your garden in tip top shape, whether it be getting those last few plants in ready for spring or giving the garden a tidy up we have looked through what needs doing and put together a little checklist so you all can make sure your garden is sorted and ready to tackle winter!
Thursday, 24 September 2020
Friday, 11 September 2020
At this time of the year we always get asked about Rootball plants and how they differ to our potted plants. In this Blog I will go into a bit of detail about our Rooball plants and what it means to get a rootball plant over a potted one.
Firstly wherever you go to get your rootball plants, a true rootball will only be available from November through to March. The only reason they are available at this time is down to the weather, this is the coldest time of the year and as such the plants will enter dormancy when it gets too cold.
This is the ideal time to get these out of the ground because as the roots go dormant for the year they can be picked up and moved around quite freely and then re-planted into a new area before the plants wake back up. So long as everything is done correctly the plants will start growing in the new area just like how they were in the ground before they were dug out.
Pot grown plants on the other hand do "what they say on the tin" they are pot grown meaning that from a sapling they have been grown in a pot and as they have grown they have been re-potted into larger sizes and given more room to grow into and grow larger.
But what is the big deal about rootball plants, why do so many people like them and why not just get pot grown plants?
As you have just read above about the Pot grown plants, Rootball plants are a little different in that they have been planted into the ground when they were young and have just been left alone for years to grow into a full and established plant.
Once established they are then dug out from the ground and put into a Hessian sack. This sack is biodegradable and made in such a way to allow roots to grow through them meaning they are super simple to put into the ground. Not to mention because they have been allowed to mature in open soil, the plants usually are a fatter plant compared with one in a pot.
So as you can see there are quite a few reasons to pick a Rootball plant over a potted plant but if you want to get some reserved then you better act fast as they are only available from November to March, But it is entirely possible our stock may sell out soon!
Please find all our Rootball Plants here
Thursday, 30 July 2020
First off, there are two main types of Azaleas, you have your Deciduous Azalea and also a Japanese Azalea and also just to keep things complicated, all Azaleas are Rhododendrons but not all Rhododendron are Azaleas. I know this does not make too much sense right now but if you continue reading I promise your question will be answered.
This can be a little confusing for the novice gardener but hopefully this can all be cleared up and you can confidently get these for your garden. Starting off, you can get one of two types of Azalea, either a Deciduous or an Evergreen (sometimes called Japanese) Azalea. Obviously the main difference between the two is that one is evergreen and the other is deciduous (I know, shocking right?). Now, to tell the difference between an Azalea and Rhododendron is a bit trickier. The easiest way to tell is that most Rhododendrons are evergreen so will keep their leaves through winter, with the exception of a few varieties. The Flower shape is another way to tell the difference, the Rhododendron Flower is Bell Shaped, while Azalea are usually Tubular or Funnel shaped.
However the main difference why these plants are classed differently is because the Azalea has 5 Stamens while the Rhododendron has 10 Stamens. Evergreen Azaleas are smaller and grow a little slower while the Deciduous variety grows roughly to 6ft in the right conditions
Now we know the difference between Azaleas and Rhododendrons, we can look at planting them and how best to take care of them. Both Azaleas and Rhododendrons are Lime-hating plants meaning they prefer Acidic soils. We have all had that lesson in science class where we have been told the pH levels are measured on a scale from 14 to 0 where 0 is the most acidic something could be, while 14 is the most alkaline and 7 is totally neutral. Azaleas enjoy being planted in Acidic soils between 4.5-6.0 pH while rhododendrons prefer 4.5-5.5 pH. This is important to keep in mind while planting as you cannot put it in a bed with a lot of other plants without also making sure that they also tolerate or even prefer Acidic soils. Home test kits for your soil are easily available at most garden centres, but if you are unsure of the soil conditions you can pick up a bag of Ericaceous compost that will make the soil more acidic and more hospitable for your new Azaleas/Rhododendrons. Once you have prepared the soil and have made sure it is a nice free-draining soil you just need to make sure you are keeping the plants well watered/fed and these great plants will thrive in your garden. Hopefully this gives you more of an insight into differences of the Azalea and Rhododendron, however as you can see, whichever plant you choose they will be a great shrub for any garden!
Thursday, 19 March 2020
Since the big day is on its way, maybe you have no idea on what you are going to buy for Mother's Day this year. Will it be the same standard bunch of flowers or maybe chocolate that could ruin your mum’s diet! If you are stuck for ideas and don't feel like getting the same bunch of flowers and card you get every year, maybe treat her with this beautiful Azalea "Mother’s Day" or (Fête des Mères).
The Azalea Mother’s Day is a great plant to get which will earn you brownie points. As it looks great & will remind your mum for years to come of the great gift that you bought once this is planted. The plant itself is a spreading dwarf evergreen azalea meaning it will not get too tall and remain at a smallish size no matter how much attention it gets making it ideal for low maintenance.
It can grow up to 1 metre tall however this is the plants' fully mature state after years of growing, the Azalea itself has dark glossy foliage that bronzes over in winter, and produces masses of rosy-crimson flowers about 5 cm wide at the end of spring.
With Azaleas you have to be careful about the soil you are putting the plants into, as this plant is an "acid-loving" plant, meaning the soil will need to have a special "Ericaceous" compost dug in to make the ground to make it more hospitable for this Azalea.
Aside from the acidic soil that's needed they are not a fussy plant. Sun or Shade, they are more than happy and are sure to grow into a great shrub for the garden. Especially if you need something to fill in a gap in your border, however the more sun the Azalea can get, the better it will do.
Hopefully this gives you a great ideas for all you who have not yet sorted out a gift for this weekend!
Please do pop into our nursery if you have the time to pick one of these great Azaleas up (and maybe a few other plants for the garden while you are at it?) Or if you can't join us in the nursery please take a look on our online store: https://www.grasslands.co.uk/
Monday, 17 February 2020
Deadheading - there may be plants in your garden that will need to be deadheaded at this time of year for any that have not already been done. Deadheading is a super simple process but very important to giving them a better chance at producing fuller blooms this year. As you deadhead a plant and remove the flower that has faded and lost its colour it will mean the plant can focus its energy on producing new flowers rather than trying to revitalise old flowers or having to drop them itself.
Plus it can help with cleanup, if you wait too long then flowers will soon start to scatter across your garden and will be easier to keep clean if (aptly said) "nipped at the bud".
For potted plants and plants in the ground, it would be well worth getting a top-dressing of fresh compost to provide a bit of nutrients into the soils.
Stormy Weather and Late Frosts - We have been hit hard by two major storms in February already, with Ciara and Dennis been and gone they have left damage in their wake, and quite possibly bringing with them more bad weather. Keep your eye on the weather to look for signs of a late frost that may hurt your new plants, a bad frost might hurt if you have just put out seedlings or even just young plants.
Weeding and pests! - It can be a laborious job, but an essential one! Going through the ground and removing all the Weeds that may have sprung up over winter. Making sure to firmly pull out all the roots to stop them from coming back, be careful about using any sort of chemicals on areas where you want to plant, as this may affect the area and damage/kill any future plants in the area.
Now the main pests in the Garden you would want to look out for would be slugs especially if you are planting veggies in your garden!
There are a few methods you can use to protect your fresh crops, a popular trap would be to use a half filled jar with Beer and sink that into the ground near to the plants to attract and trap the slugs, or perhaps simply making the soil near the plants harder for the slugs to move on using sharper or rougher textures mulches as well as a copper based barrier have been known to help repel the slugs.
Most of all though would be to keep an eye on your plants especially in the evening to stop those pests!
These are the main points about what to brace for in this coming Spring, If you have any questions or wish to look at our website for a list of all our plants that could spruce up your garden this spring either send ourselves an email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Website here: https://www.grasslands.co.uk/
Wednesday, 29 January 2020
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