Thursday, 24 September 2020

Seasonal To-Do List - Autumn/Winter

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!

First and foremost as you are probably reading this now, Autumn is just around the corner and while a lot of plants will be showing signs of leaves getting ready to drop. You will need to get the Rake out and begin to get rid of these leaves whether they go for garden waste or to the compost pile is up to you.
Now the second job (and possibly most boring) is making sure to remove all those little weeds from your borders and planting beds as over winter when it gets too cold to go out it will really spoil your view if your garden still has the odd weed poking through!

This is the final chance you will get in the year to give your hedges and lawns a final trim before they go dormant over winter. Make sure to remove all dead leaves from the hedge as over winter there won't be new growth to replace this and dead leaves in a hedge can cause rot and damage as can restrict air flow.

The weather currently is still quite warm so you can still plant up the Shrubs and Hedging plants you have so do not worry there is still time to get these into the ground, and if you need a little inspiration on what to look at getting take a scroll through our website here.

You might be tempted to feed these new plants however that may cause more damage as the plants will try to use the new food to grow  soft new shoots which can be damaged by frost, so just make sure to give a good feed in spring and trim the frostburnt areas in spring.

If you are a vegetable grower, while we do not stock these items now is a perfect time to start growing those winter hardy veggies!

Trim your perennials! During Autumn you will see all your perennial plants start to wilt and wane, when they start to go yellow and the stems bend it is time to trim the plants back as they are brining back the sap to the roots and leaving the dying parts alone may result in decay which is not terribly healthy for the plants. Be sure to check what you should and shouldn't cut back depending on your plants before getting the shears out!

This is just a short to-do list but should cover you and get your garden ready for winter.

Friday, 11 September 2020

Rootball Or Pot Grown?

 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