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Seasonal News 2019-01-07T15:35:33+00:00

SEASONAL NEWS

Information, advice and updates from our various departments here at Nicholsons

Seasonal News

Planning for the Autumn

By Lorraine Spooner With the new planting season almost upon us, now is the time to start making preparations in readiness for autumn, so that no time is wasted in introducing your choice of new plants to the correct growing conditions for optimum root development.  With a strong root system, newly planted trees and shrubs will be able to counter the vagaries of the British weather. But the first consideration must be THE RIGHT Read more »

Keeping the Show on the Road

By Jonathan Diaper Midsummer is a testing time for the garden.  How to prolong the freshness and colour of spring? Foxgloves that placed themselves so perfectly in the borders are looking distinctly seedy. Leave one or two plants to randomly self-seed or collect seed to cast into areas where you would like the seeds to germinate.  Pull out the remainder or cut them to 10cm or so above the ground. Sometimes sturdy plants will Read more »

New Season Ornamental Trees

By Lorraine Spooner This week, I am featuring a selection of my favourite ornamental trees currently growing on our Nursery beds, which will be available for you to reserve, in advance of their availability for purchase from September. With so many features extending interest through the seasons, your preference could be unusual peeling bark, a cascade of spring blossom, fiery autumn foliage colour or a silhouette of branches set against the winter setting sun. If you Read more »

The Efficient use of Watering

By Jonathan Diaper All that rain! The unpredictability of the weather, though, reminds me of the importance of water in our gardens. It has been the driest winter and early spring I can recall. February saw me giving first aid, with a can full of water each, to some lacklustre laurels. Plants lose most moisture through the leaves by the process of transpiration, the process that makes woodland a cool haven on a hot Read more »

The importance of Weeding

By Dan Lazarou-West The importance of weeding around newly planted trees cannot be understated. Weeds compete for light, nutrients and, most importantly, available water in the soil. In addition, weeds provide cover for bark-gnawing rodents and taller or climbing weeds. Bramble, for example, can smother and topple small transplants. Without an adequate weeding regime trees can suffer poor growth rates and in some cases die. Replacing recently planted bare root trees can be costly and is Read more »

Fabulous Fruit – 20% Off

By Lorraine Spooner MAKE YOUR GARDEN EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL WITH OUR SPECIAL OFFER ON ALL FRUIT TREES AND BUSHES THIS OFFER IS AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF MAY, SO VISIT US SOON TO MAKE YOUR SELECTION FROM THE HUGE RANGE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT OUR HORTICULTURAL EXPERTS WILL BE ON HAND TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE ESSENTIALS OF SELECTING THE OPTIMUM POLLINATING PARTNERS TO ENSURE A GOOD YIELD (alternatively you can make an appointment with Read more »

Biosecurity Blog 1: Notifiable Plants, Pests and Diseases

Notifiable Pests & Diseases Quarantine organisms which are subject to statutory control have to be reported if you suspect they, or host materials are present. These have to be reported if being imported/exported. If you suspect a notifiable you should quarantine suspicious item(s) immediately, and immediately contact the Animal & Plant Health Agency or Forestry Commission. APHA: 01904 405 138, Forestry Commission: https://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/tools-and-resources/tree-alert/. Lists are provided on the forestry commission and DEFRA, and EPPO websites Read more »

Rose Thoughts

By Jonathan Diaper As I write, this mild weather and sudden spring lends urgency to those winter and early spring jobs that are yet to be done. Case in point, roses are beginning to shoot presumptuously. I like to have any rose pruning completed before they shoot into life, feeling that the plant’s energy is wasted if the fresh green shoots are destined only to be cut out. Roses are tough old darlings though, so don’t Read more »

Tis the season… to burn wood?

By Dan Lazarou-West People sometimes ask me at parties, (yes, I still get invited to parties) which is the best type of wood to burn. And although, like many, I have a wood burning stove at home, I don’t always have a satisfactory answer to hand. At best people lose interest before I finish instilling them with the merits of one type of wood over another. However, the best piece of advice I can give is Read more »

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