Eco friendly products

Eco friendly products

As part of our ongoing commitment towards being more environmentally friendly, we make every effort to source more eco friendly products. We hope you’ll love them as much as we do! Throws and Cushions We are proud to offer a brand-new range of throws and cushions from Hugrug made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. They look and feel like wool and can be used inside or out. These eco-friendly textiles are washable, stain resistant, mould, mildew and moth resistant and by buying one you’re helping the planet at the same time! Reusable Coffee Cups Pick up a fantastic rCUP for your next coffee! Their outer insulation is made from used paper coffee cups, an innovative and sustainable solution to global waste. Unlike many reusable coffee cups the rCUP is insulated which helps to keep your drink hotter or cooler for longer. Hairy Plant Pots We have a wide range of Herbaceous Perennials grown in coir pots from the Hairy Pot Plant Company. As well as being both eco-friendly and sustainable, you can plant them straight into the ground. On top of that, they are grown in peat-free compost as well! Biodegradable Fibre Pots We are aware that our customers would prefer sustainable pots to plastic. Why not try our bio-degradable fibre pots made from wood pulp from renewable sources. They are perfect for seeds, seedlings, cuttings and can be planted straight into the ground. We also have a range of compostable bamboo seed trays and pots. House Signs and Numbers Having a well-made and designed house sign can really finish your home. These long-lasting house signs are an eco-alternative...
Our Top Five Bulbs for Guaranteed Spring Colour

Our Top Five Bulbs for Guaranteed Spring Colour

Spring bulbs have now arrived at Root One! As we transition from Summer to Autumn now is the perfect time to start planting next year’s Spring bulb display. At this time of year, the soil is still warm and therefore favourable conditions to develop a strong and healthy root system. We have compiled our top five Bulbs for guaranteed Spring colour and tips on how to plant them. Daffodils After a long cold, Winter the bright yellow Daffodil is a cheery sight in early Spring. The Daffodil is one of the most popular and reliable Spring-flowering bulbs, that come in a wide range of flower shapes, sizes and shades of yellow, orange and white. Daffodils prefer well drained soil that is kept moist during the growing season. Crocus The Crocus can bloom as early as February if its been a mild Winter and is considered one of the first signs of Spring by gardeners. Crocuses are perfect for creating a carpet of Spring colour as they often spread and form large clumps over the years. They also look particularly striking in borders, rockeries or planters. We have a wide range of Crocus bulbs including the larger Dutch varieties. Snowdrops Although the Snowdrop isn’t colourful as such it is still one of our favourites. Its one of the earliest Spring flowering bulbs which is a welcome assurance that brighter days are on the way. Snowdrops prefer moisture retentive soil in a partially shady spot and are ideal for planting under trees. Tulip Tulips are a popular addition to a Spring garden and are perfect for creating impact and colour to...
Create a Wildlife-friendly Garden

Create a Wildlife-friendly Garden

With the rapid decline of bees and hedgehogs, it’s all the more important to make our gardens as wildlife friendly as possible. At Root One, we stock a range of wildlife products; from bird feeders, food and tables to hedgehog homes and bug houses! Take a look at our tips below and with just a few simple changes, you could turn your garden into a wildlife haven!   Choosing the right flowers Choose flowers to provide the bees, butterflies and other insects with pollen and nectar. Ensure to have a range that flower throughout all the seasons, such as the crocus in Spring to the Michaelmas daisy in Autumn and avoid too many with double flowers as these tend to contain little or no pollen or nectar. Trees and shrubs are important too Grow a range of trees, shrubs, climbers or even a hedge which will provide both food and a cover for insects and birds. If space is at a premium, pick something like a crab apple, elder, blackthorn or hawthorn. Add some water A pond is ideal, but equally a simple container of water will be enough to attract more wildlife. Ensure it has a shallow side so that creatures can easily get out. Most wildlife, such as newts and frogs, like shallower water. Build a log pile Create a log pile in a shady spot. This will create a perfect hibernation site and may encourage bugs like the stag and bark beetles. Feed the birds all year round Provide the birds with food and water throughout the year. Ensure to position feeders and tables out of...
Summer Lawn Care

Summer Lawn Care

Keeping Your Grass Green During The Summer Months As the warm weather continues (hopefully), the lawn may suffer from the heat and dry weather. Here are a few tips to keep your Summer lawn looking its best. Mowing During the dryer months its important not to over-mow the lawn, this will weaken the grass and leave it vulnerable to lawn moss and weeds. Raise the blade on your mower slightly higher, this will also be beneficial for preventing weed germination and moisture loss. For a finishing touch use edging shears to cut away any long grass encroaching into the boarders. We recommend using long handled shears so you can do the job standing up without having to bend. Watering In dry weather without significant rainfall, its best to water your lawn thoroughly once a week rather than to lightly mist it every day. Early mornings or late afternoons are the best time to water so that the moisture can reach the roots before its evaporated by the heat of the sun. An easy way to thoroughly water a larger lawn is to use a hose and a sprinkler. We have a variety of watering tools in store but our favourites to use are the Hozelock sprinkler and hose from the Plus collection. Feeding Rejuvenate your lawn with regular feeding, this helps to keep it lush and green whilst preventing weeds and moss establishing. We recommend Solabiol Top Lawn, it contains seaweed which naturally contains iron, a key nutrient for a thicker, greener and healthier lawn. This is a long-lasting feed that will continue to work for up to twice...
Hedgehog-friendly Gardening 

Hedgehog-friendly Gardening 

Hedgehogs are becoming a rare sight in our once abundant gardens, parks and hedgerows. Hedgehogs are dramatically disappearing from our countryside and numbers have fallen by 30% in just the last 10 years. It is thought that there are fewer than one million left in the UK. Habitat loss contributes greatly to the decline of our much-loved Hedgehog population. According to the Wildlife Trusts, our gardens combined provide a space for wildlife larger than all our National Nature Reserves. That’s pretty amazing, and most importantly it means that we can help the struggling Hedgehog to thrive once again, by gardening in a wildlife friendly way. Even the smallest changes to your gardening routines can greatly improve the Hedgehogs chances of survival. Make Hedgehogs a home Hedgehog houses are perfect for creating a safe nesting place for Hedgehogs to raise their young during the Summer months of June and July, and for hibernation during the Winter. We have a variety of Hedgehog homes in store. We recommend Green Key Garden & Home Hog Hut, its made with sustainably sourced timber and its easy to assemble. The Hog Hut even has an internal hidden chamber for added safety from predators. The hut provides all year round shelter, just place dried leaves or grass inside ready for visiting Hedgehogs. Place the hut undercover out of prevailing winds, ideally covered by foliage to provide camouflage. Check your garden for hazards   Hedgehogs roam between houses and neighbourhoods. They travel up to 2 km per night in search for mates, nesting sites and food. Creating small tunnels underneath fences can help the Hedgehogs to safely...
7 plants to add colour to spring borders

7 plants to add colour to spring borders

With Spring just around the corner, we thought we would put together a list of some of our favourite plants, shrubs and bulbs that will add colour to your garden at this time of year.     Narcissus Tête-à-tête One of the most popular in the Narcissus range, the Tête-à-tête’ is a dwarf daffodil, growing to around 20cm tall. These delightful flowers will start to appear early in Spring with their pale yellow petals and bright yellow trumpets. They will grow happily in full sun or part shade in a moist but well drained soil. Grow in pots or in the ground for a wonderful early Spring display. Deadhead when the flowers fade but leave the foliage to die down naturally.   Hamamelis ‘Arnold Promise’ (witch hazel ‘Arnold Promise’) We absolutely love Arnold Promise! A deciduous shrub which boasts sweet smelling yellow ribbon-like flowers in late winter or early spring. A great addition to a mixed border or used as a hedge or screen, this shrub will grow well in an acid to neutral, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. It can grow up to 15ft in the right conditions.   Sarcococca (Sweet Box) With their creamy-white flowers, sweet vanilla fragrance and leathery leaves, Sarcococca is a fantastic winter-flowering shrub to add to your garden. The flowers are replaced with red, purple or black berries which can continue until the following winter. They are easy to grow and enjoy part to full shade with a moderately fertile, moist but well-drained humus-rich soil. Prune in Spring after flowering. Great for beds and border or as groundcover.   Kalmia Latifolia (mountain laurel)...