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Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – September gardening tips

Gardening calendar September

September gardening tips

Autumn days are upon us…

September brings cooler weather and shorter days. Now is the time to enjoy your autumn harvest of fruit and vegetables and start to think about planting for next spring too.

What to do in the garden in September

Plants and Flowers

Plant your spring flowering bulbs now to have them ready for early flowering next year.

Fruit

Enjoy the abundance of autumn blackberries and raspberries and get creative with them in the kitchen.

Vege

Get the last of the potatoes out of the garden and ensure you have protected any leafy vege such as lettuce with bird proof netting.

Top 5 Gardening Tasks for September

  •  Separate herbaceous perennials.
  • Gather and plant seeds from perennials as well as hardy annuals.
  • Protect your ponds from being clogged up by autumn leaves by covering them in netting.
  • Pay attention to your houseplant watering – the cooler weather means you can cut back.
  • Have an ‘end of summer’ clean of your greenhouse, pots and sheds to have everything ready for the coming months.

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Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – June Gardening Tips

Bury Hill June Gardening Calendar

June gardening tips

Warmer weather arrives and summer flowers take centre stage…

June should see longer days, warmer weather, and all that hard work you have done in your garden in the first part of the year should really start to pay off. The extra warmth and light should see your garden burst into action, but watch out for weeds which love the more temperate weather too!

What to do in the garden in June

Plants and Flowers

Check on your climbers and any tall flowers and make sure you have provided support for them to continue to grow. Prune back spring flowering shrubs. If you want flowers in your garden all summer long plant some late-flowering ones such as Calendula, Candytuft, or Clarkia.

Fruit

June is a great time to check in on your tomato plants and pinch out the sideshoots to stop them growing unmanageably tall.

Vege

Early crops of lettuce and radish should be yours for the taking! You can also plant nutritious broccoli, and herbs such as coriander and parsley can still be grown from seed at this time of the year.

Top 5 Gardening Tasks for June

  • Hoe borders and watch our for cracks in the patio where pesky weeds can grow.
  • Remember to try and be as efficient with your water as possible – though be sure not to let plants and flowers dry out.
  • For an instant garden refresh get some bright hanging baskets and containers out.
  • Grassy lawns will need to be mowed once a week.
  • If June is particularly warm protect greenhouse plants by blocking out the sun.

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Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – May Gardening Tips

May gardening tips

May gardening tips

Summer is nearly here!

As your garden starts to blossom and bloom, you’ll know that summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to start sowing and planting out bedding, and you’ll need to put a regular slot in the diary for cutting the grass too. Here are our May gardening tips.

What to do in the garden in May

Plants and Flowers

Keep an eye on more delicate plants and flowers in case unseasonable weather should strike. Sow pretty poppies, bright cornflowers and scabious which will make your garden hum with life from appreciative bees and butterflies.

 Fruit

Now the warmer weather is here why not get tropical and sow some melons?! Believe it or not some varieties of melon will grow well even in the temperamental British climate. Try the orange sherbet variety for optimum results.

Vege

Start digging up earthy potatoes for a delicious accompaniment to summer salads.

 Top 5 gardening tasks for May

  • Get summer bedding all planted at the end of the month (unless the weather remains very chilly).
  • Get the most out of your watering by doing so early in the morning or after sunset so the hot rays of the sun don’t evaporate it before it has absorbed.
  • Ventilate your greenhouse and prevent it from getting too hot by opening doors on warmer day.
  •  If you have hedges that need trimming remember to check for birds nests before you start.
  • If your daffodils are looking a little overcrowded, take some out and plant them elsewhere.

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Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – April Gardening Tips

April gardening calendar

April gardening tips

Unpredictable weather…

In April, blossoms will appear on the trees, cheery daffodils will spring up from the ground and a few days of warm sunshine might even be in the mix! However, April tends to be unpredictable weather-wise with lots of rain and very cold days and nights. Beware of frosts, keep an eye out for pests and watch for weeds and excessive lawn growth this month.

What to do in the garden in April

 Plants and Flowers

This month is all about making sure your flowers are well nourished. Invest in some good quality plant food to feed hungry plants and flowers and help them flourish. Sunflowers, petunias and marigolds are all worth planting now.

 Fruit

Keep protecting your fruit blossom from any late (but not unexpected) frosts, Prune fig trees and feed any citrus plants. It’s your last chance to grow strawberry plants too!

Vege

Marrows, aubergines, courgettes and squash should be sown now, make sure you keep them under cover until the warmer weather sets in.

Top 5 Gardening Tasks for April

  • Keep weeds under control
  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses
  • Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed outdoors
  • Increase the water given to houseplants
  • Sow new lawns or repair bare patches

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Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – March Gardening Tips

March gardening tips

Spring has sprung…

By the middle of March spring should well and truly be in the air and your garden will start to really come to life. Spring is an important time in the garden and this month you’ll be busy preparing your soil and sowing seed beds, looking ahead for a garden bursting with colour and variety come summer.

What to do in the garden in March

Plants and Flowers

Time to get those beautiful summer flowering bulbs in the ground! Wildflower seeds will do well now and can add a glorious mix of colour to your garden. Delicate sweet peas are another great choice too.

Fruit

Tomato plants can be sown in the greenhouse in March.

Vege

Hardy shallots, onions and potatoes should be ready to go in the ground for an early crop. Leeks and beetroot can also be planted, as well as more leafy verge such as chard and kale. You can also get your herb garden going, or start indoors if the weather is still looking chilly.

Top 5 Gardening Tasks for March

  • Look out for slugs! If you don’t they’ll munch their way through new spring shoots.
  • Start getting your vegetables and summer-flowering bulbs planted.
  • Use a good topsoil to cover beds and containers for optimum plant growth.
  • Keep an eye on the lawn and mow if necessary.
  • Weeds will start to flourish in March so beware of them – hoe out any unwelcome visitors.

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What is the difference between topsoil and loam?

 

Getting the right kind of soil to ensure that your garden flourishes, is so important, and one of the many questions we frequently get asked is to explain the different between Topsoil and Loam Soil – and how to know which should be used in a garden.

Every gardener knows that for their plants and flowers to have the best chance of success the soil they are planted in must be rich in organic matter, free from harmful chemicals, kept moist, and turned over as much as possible.

Many gardeners who feel their soil needs a little boost will simply head to their local garden centre and buy only topsoil to try to improve their soils nutrient level and help their garden grow.

The problem with this, however, is that to take care of your whole garden you must dig a little deeper. Loam and topsoil are often banded together, however, while they share some similar qualities they are not the same thing, and it is important for gardeners to understand the difference. So, what is the difference between topsoil and loam?

Topsoil

In your garden (as you may guess by its name), Topsoil is the uppermost layer of soil, or rather, the first 12 inches. Topsoil will be dark and rich in organic matter due to leaves and other vegetation that will have decomposed on the surface. However, topsoil can also contain sand, clay, and silt.

Loam

Loam is a classification given to soil rather than a standalone type. When soil is described as loam soil, it is because particular qualities it contains – a mixture of sand, silt and clay. You can also get different types of loam depending on the percentages of sand, silt and clay found within it. You may hear soil being referred to as ‘sandy loam’ or ‘clay loam’ for example because it has a greater percentage of one material then normal.

When it comes to commercial Topsoil and Loam Topsoil, Topsoil tends to have a looser consistency – this is to help with draining so when you water your plants the water will quickly reach the roots and retain a great amount of moisture, but also drain away well so as not to build up and drown your plants and flowers. Good quality topsoil often contains decaying organic matter, rich in nutrients to feed your soil. Loam soil contains little or no organic matter, however, it is popular with gardeners, landscapers and green keepers alike because of its ability to retain water and nutrients.

What is important to remember is that when you ask for topsoil in your garden centre, you may be given something that is not loam soil as well – and therefore not as beneficial to your garden as it could be! A mix of organic matter plus the benefits that a loamy soil provides is ideal..

So, now you know, next time you buy, make sure to be clear so you can rest assured you are getting the very best kind of soil to help your garden grow.

At Bury Hill, all our premium grade topsoils and loams are blended using high-quality natural soils, selected sands and grits and organic compost from known sources. So whatever your gardens needs, we will be happy to help!

The 10 Most Common Gardening Questions Answered

Common gardening questions

Gardeners are a lot like cooks. Some follow the ‘recipe’ exactly, they read all the instructions carefully, and never fail to stick to their watering and feeding schedule. Others just like to scatter a few seeds here and there,  chuck on a layer of compost, and hope for the best.

The truth is that when it comes to gardening you can never guarantee complete success – so when gardeners stand aghast at their wilting wildflowers their drooping daisies and their failed fruit plants despite having done everything ‘right’ they can feel more than a little hard done by.

However, there are some pieces of practical, functional gardening advice that have stood the test of time.  So here are some useful answers to some of the most common gardening questions – ones that you won’t find on the back of a seed packet.

How Can I Find Good Design Inspiration?

If you are serious about perfecting your garden, then you can’t beat checking out how the professionals do it in real life. Visit celebrated gardens, go on garden tours, and ask the experts for advice. Of course, if you are short on time and money then go online and follow influential gardeners, check out social media sites such as Pinterest for design inspiration, and buying a good old-fashioned gardening book can also give you loads of great ideas as well as practical advice on how to achieve them.

How Can I Make Sure I am Utilising My Outside Space To Its Full Potential?

A great garden can feel like an extra room in your house, and no matter how little outside space you have, if you are clever with it, you will find it a comfortable and calming space to relax and enjoy throughout the year. Gardens should be colourful and bright and have places to sit and socialise. Even the smallest of patio gardens can achieve this so make sure you chose your furniture and plants carefully to make the most of your space and work with it rather than cramming it full or neglecting it altogether.

How Often Should I Water My Plants?

This question is widely asked and of course there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. But the truth is however resolutely you follow each plants instructions the only real way to tell if your garden needs watering is by checking it. Stick your finger in the soil – if it’s dried out then your plants are thirsty, and it’s time to get the watering can out. If you try to plan your watering schedule you could easily end up overwatering or under watering your plants – nature is unpredictable, so you just have to go with the flow.

Should I Feed My plants?

Feeding your plants tends to be a good idea, in fact, feeding plants regularly can help them to flourish. This applies in particular to plants and flowers you are growing in containers. Feed them every 4-5 days for the best results (despite what it says on the plant labels). However, remember only to do so when your soil is thoroughly moist – putting food directly onto dry soil can damage your plants.

Are Cheap Plants More Likely To Die?

Providing you buy plants that look healthy, regardless of whether you get them in your local supermarket or at a fancy garden centre, the chances of them flourishing are down to you. Plants at bargain prices aren’t necessarily ‘worse’ however it is important to remember that local plant shops and garden centres might have to put their prices up to survive the competition! It’s also important to look to your garden to provide you with plants and flowers year on year. Take cuttings and save seeds for next year and you won’t need to keep buying new plants every time the sun comes out.

What Are The Best Plants For Pots?

If you don’t have any areas in your garden to sow seeds you can still create a brilliant outside space by using plant pots. You can grow pretty much anything in a pot. Often novice gardeners get put off attempting anything too ‘exotic’ as they think they won’t be able to survive in our less than tropical climate(!). The good news is that you don’t need a greenhouse or even great weather to grow all sorts of exciting plants, fruits and vegetables and flowers. If the weather turns cold, simply bring your more delicate pots inside to keep them warm and protected from the elements. Of course, during the colder months, plants tend to retreat, and having a bunch of bedraggled or barely there plants in your house might not be appealing. However, if you can store them in the basement or a secure shed you can leave them to it over winter and then start to water, feed and tend to them once the warmer weather returns and watch them bloom once more.

How Can I Get Rid Of Weeds?

Weeds can be a serious problem for any gardener, and your focus should be on eliminating them altogether rather than treating them as and when they appear.  A usually successful method is to dig a trench around your garden plot and line with sheet plastic. The trench should be a good foot wide and as deep as you can make it. In this ‘sealed’ area you can treat pesky weeds in a variety of ways such as blocking out the light, cutting off any flowers as soon as they appear to prevent the spread of seeds, and using a non-persistent weed killer.

How Do I Tell What Kind Of Soil I have?

The type of soil you have can have a significant impact on the success of your garden. The consistency of your soil, how acid or alkaline it is, and how well it holds and drains water all affect how well your plants will do. Knowing your garden’s soil means you will be armed with the information you need to tackle any issues that come with your soil type. To discover which type of soil you have to take a look at our recent blog, The Different Kinds of Soil Explained

My Garden Doesn’t Get Any Sun, Will Anything Grow?

While having a sunless garden can be limiting, there are plenty of plants and flowers that are well-suited to the shade and will do well here. Well known bedding plants such as Fuchsia, ‘Bizzy Lizzy’, Begonias and Lobelia will all flower without being in the direct sunshine. Rhododendrons and Hydrangea shrubs don’t need a sunny spot, and snowdrops and ‘Dog Tooth’ Violets also do well. There are plenty of places to find extensive lists of plants that love the shade. For a start, try here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=100.

What Plants Work Well For A Fragrance Garden?

There is nothing nicer than stepping into your garden and breathing in a lungful of delicately perfumed air. Fragrance gardens are sweet-smelling and beautiful, and there are plenty of low-maintenance plants and flowers that you can grow to make your garden smell gorgeous. Try Rhododendron luteum, (which has the added benefit of looking rather stunning with its candy yellow flowers), gives off a sweet and fragrant scent until late spring. In summer bring out Evening primrose, lavender, roses and lilies, and you can even keep your garden smelling fantastic in winter with Daphne bholua or Chimonanthus praecox – otherwise known as wintersweet.

There is no one overarching formula that ensures your plants will flourish, or a little-known secret that will suddenly make your garden beautiful. However, as experienced gardeners know time patience and practice are what will help to make your garden great, and understanding the answers to some of the most common gardening questions is an excellent start!

At Bury Hill our team of experts are always happy to help gardeners with tips and advice as well as supply a whole range of high quality gardening and landscaping materials to create your perfect outdoor sanctuary!

How To Use Decorative Stones To Enhance Your Garden

Decorative stones for gardens

Spruce up your garden this summer with decorative stones!

Decorative stones can be a fantastic way to give your garden a quick makeover, and there are a huge number of different styles to choose from. This quick and simple garden fix can help give your garden a newly landscaped feel, no matter how big or small your outside space is.

Decorative stones can add a different layer to your gardens look, they provide textural interest and can create a sense of space, divide areas, or lead they eye in a certain direction. Garden stones create contrast and depth and work wonderfully with gardens which are bursting with colour and foliage, creating a rustic yet modern look.

So just what can you do with decorative stones?

Here are some ideas:

Create A Garden Path

Landscaping stones can be wonderful for creating a garden path which can cleverly elongate your garden, and guide visitors to different sections within it.

Larger paving stones are an ideal safe flat service if you want to place pot plants, garden furniture or even a fire pit or barbecue on them. Smaller stones can also create a textured, striking look – coloured granite can work well for this.

Garden Gravel

Garden gravel can be a fantastic low-maintenance alternative to a lawn or driveway which requires regular watering and maintenance.

Coloured slate can provide an interesting alternative to the usual grey coloured driveway and can really set off brightly coloured plants and flowers in your garden, either side of the pathway, or even as a flattering contrast to the exterior of your house.

Ponds or Water Features

Decorative stone can work well as a border for a water feature or garden pond.

Using decorative stone around the edges of a water feature draws attention to it and also clearly marks its edges – which of course is useful too!

You can also use garden stones such as natural cobbles to enhance water gardens – the water trickling over the stones brings the countryside right to your doorstep!

Flowerbeds and Planters

Garden stone can also be used to create stunning contrast in your flowerbeds and planters. Softer chippings often work best here such as Cotswold Buff which has a creamy white colour, and looks wonderful against vibrant greens of plants and foliage and bright and colourful flowers too.

Rock Gardens

Give your garden a Zen-like feel and create your very own rock garden.  Pebbles, stones and boulders all can be used to create different shapes, shades and textures in your rock garden. The best rock gardens are a feast for the eyes and combine a variety of plants flowers, and mosses as well as fine pebbles, and colourful stones.

Using stones in your garden can create a number of wonderful effects, refreshing your outside space with the minimum of hassle or maintenance needed.

At Bury Hill we have a fantastic range of decorative gardens stones and chippings which are naturally hard-wearing so perfect for driveways, paths and patio areas, as well as for mulching and dressing flowerbeds and planters. If you would like some advice on what kind of decorative stones will work best for your garden give our friendly team a call on 01306877540 – we’d be happy to help!

The Many Uses of Bark and Woodchip

Garden wood chips

Woodchips and garden bark chippings not only look great -they are good for your garden too!

Wood chips are a useful, hassle-free way of making your garden look great, and have been a garden staple for both novice and veteran gardeners for many years. Whether you are looking to create a fresh new look, want to create a pathway or border, or need to cover a section of your garden that’s gotten a little tired, wood chips and garden bark are both great options. But what many people don’t realise is they can actually help your garden flourish at the same time!

So what can you do with garden wood chips and bark chips? Here are just some of their many fantastic uses.

Mulching

Mulching is a fantastic way to keep your soil in great condition. Covering the soil with a layer of mulch helps it to retain water, and also deters and suppresses weeds from growing through the soil and spoiling your gardens well-kept look.

Contract Ornamental Bark is a popular choice which looks attractive in flower beds or garden pots, making them easier to maintain. A screened mixed Woodchip is another useful option which won’t break the bank, and helps to dress beds and keep weeds at bay.

Both of these compost very slowly, and therefore are very economical – they will only need topping up occasionally, and will keep your garden healthy and looking great for many months to come.

In your garden borders

A layer of garden wood chippings around your garden’s border will create a barrier on top of the soil which makes it difficult for weeds to grow through.

Achieving this look couldn’t be easier.  All you need to do is scatter a layer around 7.5cm thick over your borders, on well-nourished soil and you will have immediate protection.

Spring is the perfect time to do this as the chippings will also protect the roots of flowers and plants from being damaged by the heat of the sun, and help prevent the soil from drying out.

Bear in mind that you need to use chippings which have been specially made for mulching – fresh chippings do not work in the same way and can absorb nitrogen from the soil which is needed to allow plants to grow. The layer of chippings also adds texture and warmth to your garden and keeps it looking neat and tidy too.

In the pots

Garden wood or bark chips can also be useful to cover the soil in plant pots and in hanging baskets, though use finer, smaller chippings if you are going to do this.

This will keep your garden looking uniform and the same benefits for your pot plants and hanging baskets will be achieved – keeping the soil protected and moist, which means you don’t have to worry about such regular watering during the hot summer months.

You can expect to see your pot plants, and all those covered in bark or wood chips, grow quickly as the chips help to encourage plant growth as well as nourish and aerate the soil.

For pathways

A pathway of wood or bark chippings can be a great feature in any garden, creating neat sections and helping to give an impression of space.

If you want a garden path, but would prefer to do it on a budget, chippings are an excellent, low maintenance choice as an alternative to hard pathway materials which take considerably more time, money and effort to lay down.

To achieve the look make sure you put down a membrane between the soil and chippings which you should puncture with holes so water can easily drain through. Your pathway of chippings needs to be quite deep – around 10cm is best, so ensure that you have dug deep enough to be able to achieve this.

For children’s play areas

Playbark is a excellent material for children’s play areas. This durable material is easy to install and makes for a fantastic looking space for children to play in safely – helping to prevent accidents or injuries.  Our play bark is a carefully selected, 100% natural British pine with a lovely pine odour. It is perfect for play areas but can also be used to suppress weeds, and keeps soil moist and healthy too.

What kind should you buy?

There is a wide range of bark and wood chippings available, and they come in a variety of colours so you can find one that you feel will best complement your garden’s ‘look.’

At Bury Hill, our bark and woodchips are perfect for creating a natural, rustic look in your garden, and our top quality play bark is perfect for children’s outdoor spaces.

If you would like to buy wood chippings for your garden, and would like any advice on what kind would be most suitable for your project, why not call our friendly, expert team on 01306877540 or drop us an email today? 

5 Things to consider when choosing your landscaping materials for your landscaping project

Redesigning your garden is a big project, and one that requires a great deal of planning and thought. When you make the decision to put time and money into creating the perfect oasis right outside your door, you want to make sure you get it right. Choosing the right landscaping materials for your project is one of the biggest decisions you will make when it comes to redesigning your garden, and one you don’t want to get wrong. There are several factors to consider when choosing your materials, and with so many landscaping suppliers and landscaping companies out there offering different advice and materials it can often be overwhelming.

landscaping materials - Bury Hill

Preparing questions that you should ask landscaping companies is a great way to ensure that you get all the information you need before choosing the materials for your landscaping project, and any reputable landscaping company will be happy to give you lots of information and advice to help you choose. Here at Bury Hill we have listed five things below for you to consider when choosing the materials for your landscaping project.

1. Make a plan

The most important piece of preparation is to create a plan of exactly how you want your garden to look when it is done. Map out a visual drawing of the area you are working on and where the sun hits each part at what time of day. That way you can ensure when it comes to planting that you select plants that will thrive in your landscape. You should remember that your garden or outside space has a little microclimate all of its own, and everything from the soil type, hours of sunshine, even the slope of the land will affect which plants and materials will work best.

garden design plan

2. Think about who are you designing your garden for?

There are many different purposes for a garden which are important when consider when planning out your garden:

  • Is it a calming place where adults can relax?
  • Do you want to use it as a social space?
  • Do you want to dine outside?
  • Do you have children who will want to run around and play?
  • Do you have pets that might want to scratch or chew, or dig things up?

It is very important to have a clear idea of the functionality of the garden so that you can source the right materials as well as ensuring that the whole family are happy with the finished product.

3. How easy does your garden need to be to maintain?

landscape gardening materials

How much work are you willing to put in to keep it looking good? How often realistically will you be using it? These are important points to consider when deciding on what materials you need to buy. If you want a garden that you can leave to its own devices then bare that in mine when you are buying your materials. If you want a garden that is also a hobby then equally source the correct materials to ensure it meets those demands.

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4. What kind of style do you want your garden to be?

Have a clear idea of the style of your garden, often the most beautiful and successful landscaping projects are built around particular themes. Do you want a scented garden, one bursting with flowers and colour, a serene place to stretch out and relax, or perhaps even an Oriental garden? Of course if your outside space is big enough you can create different spaces and zones within it. Have a planting strategy and use different hardscapes to separate areas. Build walkways in-between the areas to guide people to them. It is good to consider your personal tastes and often looking to the style of your home can help you decide. Do you like things to be clean, neat and ordered or do you prefer a softer more romantic feel? Getting the style right is imperative to ensure you get the most out of your garden.

Landscaping supplier materials

5. Pick plants that work for you

Another important piece of landscaping advice it to ensure you pick the right plants for you. Plants can be used in a variety of ways to give your garden shape and structure. You can use them to create neat borders, to corner off different sections and also to provide beautiful visual scenery. If you have an area of the garden you want people to, pay particular attention to using striking, bright plants will highlight this. You can also think about other materials such as plant pots, ornaments and clever outdoor lighting to make your garden look exactly as you want it to be.

landscape gardening materials

If you live in a noisy area, choosing the right plants can make a huge difference when it comes to creating a little oasis of calm. Selecting denser trees and bushes will help block out unwanted noise, as will selecting sturdy fencing materials will help insulate your garden from noise outside it.

A landscaping project is truly exciting, and the satisfaction of creating your own perfect outdoor space is very rewarding. Planning in advance and asking the right questions early on can save you time and money and ensure the end result is exactly what you had in mind. At Bury Hill we supply high quality landscaping materials including; lawn turf, decorative stone and building aggregates. Contact us with any questions or for a free quote. - http://www.buryhilltopsoilandlogs.co.uk/contact_us.php