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...
Fun at the GAP Festival!

Fun at the GAP Festival!

Last weekend we were delighted to be involved in the GAP Festival – which started as an ambitious cultural project in 2014 aiming to bring outstanding art, music, literature and culture to the villages of Goring and Streatley. Joe Swift was on great form and spoke very well about both his personal life and his professional career working on Gardeners World. The main focus of his talk was his 2012 gold medal winning Chelsea garden and the pressures and logistics of pulling off this tremendous pressure feat. He was funny and inspiring and greatly enjoyed by all present. The Gardeners Q&A followed and the local panel (including our very own Jeremy) answered a series of questions from the audience covering such topics as gardening on chalky soil, wild flower meadows, and plants suited to difficult shady corners. All 5 panellists contributed their extensive combined knowledge and the hour passed very quickly and was again enjoyed by all who stayed. Root One was proud to be associated with such a prestigious local event and was well represented with a much admired display of plants currently on sale at the Garden Centre. #GAP18 #JoeSwift...
The Goring & Streatley GAP Festival

The Goring & Streatley GAP Festival

Root One is extremely proud to be one of the sponsors of the Goring and Streatley GAP festival. On Friday 15th June at 12.00pm Joe Swift– award winning garden designer, journalist and television presenter, will be talking about the highs and lows of creating a Chelsea garden. This will be followed by a Gardeners Question Time and our very own boss, Jeremy Brudenell, will be on the panel! For more information and to book tickets please visit the GAP Festival web site. Book your tickets today!  ...
The Poly Two

The Poly Two

We’ve extended! The new ‘Poly Two’ started it’s journey back in February this year and opened officially on 22nd April. It was great to watch it take shape, through the rain, snow and mini heatwave and we love how it’s turned out. At Root One, we can now offer you more in the garden furniture range and also the addition of sheds too!...