The Firewood Poem

These hardwoods burn well and slowly, Ash, beech, hawthorn oak and holly.Softwoods flare up quick and fine, Birch, fir, hazel, larch and pine. Elm and willow you’ll regret, Chestnut green and sycamore wet. Beechwood fires are bright and clear, If the logs are kept a year. Chestnut’s only good, they say, If for long ’tis … Read more

Cooler Days

It was indeed a long hot summer and the rain in recent weeks has been very welcome. Everywhere, grass that went blonde for the summer has now returned to a rich green. This is a very rich time of year, rain has refreshed the parched plants, autumn colours are starting to appear and the hedgerows … Read more

Long Hot Summer

During July this year, some parts of the UK received only 4% of their usual rainfall. The heat shows no sign of relenting and the parts of the country are going into a hosepipe ban. Tough times for gardens and gardeners. So what can you do? If you have pots in direct sunlight, move them … Read more

Can I get my trees trimmed in July?

Well, it depends. In the UK, February to August is the bird nesting season. Many species of domestic birds are in serious decline and are therefore protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This law prevents birds being disturbed during their nesting season. The summer is also when greenery is at it’s most splendid. … Read more

The Garden in June

We tend to think of June as a summer month, yet by some measures, summer does not begin until 21st June, the longest day. Whilst gloriously hot days do happen, June is typically a month of mixed weather, those hot days interspersed with very wet days. Think back to rained off days at Wimbledon! So … Read more

No Mow May

Making your garden a more wildlife-friendly and ecologically diverse place, simply by doing nothing is a pretty appealing prospect. But that is what “No Mow May” offers. May is a time of abundant growth. Your grass will be growing rapidly along with wildflowers. These flowers are an important source of nectar for bees, who are, … Read more

Garden Jobs for April

Your lawn has been sleeping peacefully all winter and is now starting to wake up. The grass grows with extra vigour in the spring and that’s a good time to think about repairs. If your lawn is suffering from bald patches, moss or damaged, now is the time to re-seed or do patch repairs. Doing … Read more

Garden Tips For July

The summer is the time that all the hard work pays off and the garden can be enjoyed. But if your fingers are itching, here are a few things to watch out for. Some perennials will be fading now, so feel free to cut back and keep things looking fresh. Any deadheads can be removed. … Read more

Felling A Large Tree

Taking down a large tree in a confined space like a garden, takes real care and attention. Just cutting it off at the base and letting it fall will cause a lot of damage. The professional approach is to take down the tree, one section at a time. First the branches come off, then the … Read more

Garden Tips For March

March is here, heralding the welcome start to spring. The more frequent sunny days now provide us happy gardeners with the opportunity to undertake an increased range of gardening tasks.There’s lots to be done and time to get busy, here are a few helpful tips to get you started: If your soil is workable, fertilise … Read more