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)...
Root One guide to potatoes

Root One guide to potatoes

Potato Terms Tuber Tubers are various types of plant structures that are enlarged to store nutrients. They are utilised by plants to survive the winter or dry months, to provide energy and nutrients for regrowth during the next growing season. Seed potato A potato that is intended for replanting to produce a new potato – and thus more tubers. Early These are small, new potatoes. First early potatoes will be ready to harvest approximately 13 weeks from the planting date. Ideal for growing in bags or containers. Maincrop Maincrop potato varieties produce larger potatoes perfect for baking and roasting. Potatoes will be ready for harvest after about 20 weeks of planting. Varieties We stock a number of seed potatoes, including those that are RHS approved; varieties that will perform reliably in the garden. First earlies: Foremost, Red Duke of York, Pentland Javelin, Premiere and Rocket. Second earlies: Charlotte, Nadine and Kestrel. Maincrops: Maxine, Picasso, Pink Fir Apple, Maris Piper and King Edward. Preparing Potatoes will grow in almost any soil, however they cultivate much better if the soil is enriched with organic matter. Potatoes grow best in an acid soil so add well-rotted manure and garden compost. It is also important that you do not lime soil at any time. You will improve your crop size and yield of the seed potato by “chitting” the potatoes before planting. Stand them, rose end up (the rose end is the one with the most small dents in the skin, or ‘eyes’) in an empty egg carton, somewhere that is cool, frost-free, and in good light. The aim is to produce small, sturdy,...
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...