WOLF-Garten Garden Tools

WOLF-Garten Garden Tools

We are pleased to announce that we are now stockists of the WOLF-Garten Multi-Change® range! The Multi-Change® is a unique system which allows you simply click any tool head from the range onto any of the handles and with a quick push of a button, release it, allowing you to quickly change tools whilst working. Chose from a simple trowel, fork or hoe, to a rake, brush or aerator, these tools make great gifts for the gardening fanatic too! Prices start at just £4.99 and we have some wonderful starter packs to get you going which include the handle and accessories, saving you money from the outset. The WOLF-Garten philosophy is to provide gardening tools of premium quality and performance that help make gardening easier and more enjoyable. All Wolf products undergo rigorous quality testing and every tool in the range is covered by a manufacturer’s...
Christmas has arrived!

Christmas has arrived!

We’ve transformed our Lady Gardener into a magical Christmas wonderland and it is now open for you to visit! You will find many wonderful decorations and fantastic gifts for all the family, ranging from baubles, tree lights and gonks to citrus & cinnamon wreaths, candles and much more. We also have some exciting new characters this year too…Sid and Sally sprout! Come and see what mischief they are up to next time you are in! If you are looking for a place to have a festive meal with your friends and family, why not book your festive dinner with the Root One Café – click here for more...
Autumn Lawn Care Guide

Autumn Lawn Care Guide

Autumn is one of the best times to treat your lawn, when there is time for the grass to respond before the soil gets to cold and hard and before growth terminates for the season. Step 1 – Weed & feed Start by tackling any moss that you may have. Evergreen Complete will not only kill moss, but will feed the lawn too. After a couple of weeks, the moss will turn black. You can then remove this by using a spring-tined rake, which will also remove any thatch from the lawn. Step 2 – Treat the ground Spike lawns with an aerator to allow the movement of air and water to the roots. There are several types of aerator to do the job, or you can even use a garden fork. Make air channels every 10cm (4in) across the lawn. Use a top dressing – a mixture of loam, sand and well-rotted organic matter to improve soil quality. Brush this dressing across the surface of the lawn so that it fills the holes, allowing air and water into the lawn. Step 3 – Sow seed or lay turf If you are laying a new lawn, or if you need to replace an existing, now is the best time to lay new turf or sew seed. See our Johnsons Lawn Seed guide below to chose the right one for your garden. We also stock turf at this time of year for that instant impact, feel free to give us a call to check our stock levels before you visit. Shady Place – Great for shady places such as under trees, next to walls...
Root One favourites for a shady border

Root One favourites for a shady border

One of the most common questions we are asked in the garden centre is what plants we recommend for a shady border, so we thought we would compile a list of a selection of our favourites (note that this is not an exhaustive list, there are plenty more that we like too!). Alchemilla Mollis (Lady’s Mantle) The Lady’s Mantle is a herbaceous perennial forming a clump of softly hairy, light green leaves with scalloped edges. Flowering from Summer through to Autumn, with it’s small sprays of bright yellow flowers, it will be happy with all aspects, and soil types. Anemone With their beautiful saucer-shaped flowers, these herbaceous clump-forming perennials can grow up to 1m tall. Flowering from Summer into Autumn in varying shades of pink, purple or white. They will thrive in all soil types – moist but well-drained. Euonymus A large shrub with oval, leathery, green leaves up and small sprays of yellow-green flowers which are followed by yellow-orange fruits that split to reveal orange-red seeds. Euonymus is easy to grow, is hardy and can be either deciduous or evergreen. Ferns Ferns come in all shapes and sizes and are low-maintenance and tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. They are great way of adding interesting structure to a shady corner of the garden and will thrive in any moist, well-drained, humus-rich, neutral to alkaline soil. Heuchera A very popular addition to the garden, with so many varieties to chose, the Heuchera are a genus of evergreen, herbaceous perennial plants in the family Saxifragaceae. Flowering from late Spring, they prefer semi-shade and alkaline to acid well-drained soil. As a...
Top mosquito repelling plants for the garden!

Top mosquito repelling plants for the garden!

We are now well into the BBQ and summer party season, spending a lot more days and nights outside in the garden where the dreaded mosquito’s are out in force! Not only are they annoying and give an itchy bite, they are a health concern for the whole family. Rather than buying the usual citronella candles and flares, why not plant your garden with natural mosquito repelling plants? Here’s our Root One recommendations: Lavender Due to their lovely fragrance, which comes from its essential oils that are found on the leaves of the plant, mosquito’s hate Lavender! This plant is very tough and drought-resistant once established, and only needs full sun and good drainage. And while it can endure many climates, it thrives in warmer areas. Marigolds Marigolds, an easy-to-grow annual flower, emit a smell that deters mosquitoes. Grow them in pots and place them near your patio or entrance to your home to keep bugs out. Marigolds are also a popular addition to borders and vegetable gardens. Citronella Grass Known for its distinct smell, citronella grass is the most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellents. This low maintenance plant does best in large planters because it cannot withstand frost, but in warmer climates, can be planted directly a sunny area in the ground. Other lemon scented plants such as Lemon Balm, Lemon Mint or Lemon Thyme are also effective at repelling pests. Nepeta (Catnip) Catnip is from the mint family and is very easy to take care of, just be wary that it may even start to invade other areas of your garden! If you are willing to forgo...