We recently spent an evening with Cropwell Bishop Gardening Club as the speaker after the AGM.

The evening started with Judy Thomas reviewing past speakers and gardens visited during 2013  followed by our presentation “Gardening in 2014” which covered how products available to buy in the store come from professional origins, product development eg 17 years to bring a grass seed variety to market and how to get the best from products in the your garden. During the talk we also looked at alternative methods of pest and disease control and how products differ.
Feedback afterwards included “Good and lively talk tonight, thank you”

Check out your local gardening club, they are a great source of education and companionship.


An extract on the talk from CBGC

“A Greener Garden” John Draper After refreshments (thank you Muriel and Margaret), the second half of the meeting was a talk from John Draper. John has been in commercial horticulture for thirty years and now runs the Greener Gardens lawn treatment service. He inspired us with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the huge range of products that are available for the amateur gardener. Scientific advances have really revolutionised how we can improve the growth of, and protect, our plants. He explained about moss killers and weed killers – they are not the same apparently. Why slug pellets should be used sparingly, or alternatively use Nemaslug slug killer. The nematodes are slug parasites and will seek, search and destroy the slugs. Weapons of slug destruction! Patio Magic is brilliant for removing moss on drives, but do not use it on lawns, even if your moss is the duvet of death! Companion planting or integrated pest management is a simple way to prevent pests. One species of plant may help another by deterring the presence of pests. Plant roses and lavender together, or marigolds and tomatoes, or rhubarb and custard (I made that one up!). But probably the best advice was on looking after lawns. Cut lawns frequently and not too low, never more than one third off at a time. Our thanks to John for his informative and interesting presentation. Richard.

Earlier this month the team from Greener Gardens celebrated 0 years in business by driving sports cars at Prestwold Hall, nr Loughborough.

Cars we drove, "as fast as we could",  included; Aerial Atom, Porsche, Ferrari and a Lamborghini.

The day finished with lots of smiles and a 4*4 off road experience.

Many thanks to all of our customers who have supported us during the last 10 years.

Although not as harmful to turf as wormcasts, ant hills can disfigure lawns and are a big problem in your lawn. They usually appear in summer, especially prevalent in damp conditions and should be dispersed by brushing the soil when dry. This will avoid smearing them on the lawn when mowing. Over time left untreated the lawn may become uneven. Ants can also damage roots which may cause yellowing.

Did you know:

  • There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world.
  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight.
  • Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
  • Ants don’t have ears. Ants "hear" by feeling vibrations in the ground through their feet.
  • When foraging, ants leave a pheromone trail so that they know where they’ve been.
  • Queen ants have wings, which they shed when they start a new nest.
  • When the queen of the colony dies, the colony can only survive a few months. Queens are rarely replaced and the workers are not able to reproduce.


Ants can be controlled by treating with either biological nematodes or chemical treatments.

We recommend the following methods of Ant Control;

Home Defence Ant Stop® Granules (use as a drench on lawns)

Application Time: When first noticed, a proactive approach works best.

Home Defence ANTSTOP!® Granules contain Spinosad, an active ingredient derived from natural soil bacterium. The product is not designed to kill ants instantly, so they take the ANTSTOP! back to the nest and the entire colony is destroyed.

Available from retailer and www.greenergardens.co.uk/shop

Biological Control: Nemasys “No Ants”

Application Time: Typically April through to September

Control Product: Nemasys No Ants - environmentally friendly and safe for children, pets, wildlife and bees.

The nematodes act as an irritant and the ants are displaced from their colonies. Where ant levels are very high repeat applications may be required to prevent the ants returning to the colony.

Apply when ant activity is visible on top of the lawn, typically April through to September. Apply to moist lawns and water them in well.  Make sure the lawn does not dry out for at least two weeks after applying nematodes.

Nematodes are only available direct from www.nematodesdirect.co.uk
 

What to do next?

Decide on which control or deterrent method will be best for and get started on controlling those ants.

Use Pesticides Safely. Always Read the label and product information before use

We appreciate the secret of a great looking lawn is regular cutting, Introducing The Indego, Mows all by itself, so you can enjoy other projects.

Just leave it to the Indego from Bosch. It mows your lawn, finds its way all by itself and always delivers the perfect cut. How does it achieve this? It’s simple – with ‘Logicut’. The intelligent navigation system automatically measures your garden, calculates the shortest possible route and gets mowing in orderly parallel lines.

And if it finds a branch in its way the Indego automatically mows around it. It’s actually so autonomous that it can charge its lithium-ion battery pack itself from its charger. It also cares for your lawn as the short grass clippings act as a mulch. It can be used in most weather conditions, handles up to 35 % slopes, boasts all-round safety features and is protected from theft by a PIN and alarm system.

Let the Indego take care of the lawn so that you can take care of other projects.

For information on where to purchase the Indego please ring 0844 736 0106

www.bosch-indego.com

After the wet winter, particularly where flooding and waterlogging has been a problem, soils will be starved of nutrients.

All plants need regular feeding while they’re growing if you want to get the best out of them. Correct feeding produces strong, healthy plants that perform brilliantly, and as they’ll start into growth this month, now’s the time to top up their nutrients.

At this time of year, it’s usually better to feed with a slow-release granular feed or, much better, a continuous release feed. These will feed plants for up to six months from just one application now. What could be easier?

Making your own garden compost is a great way of producing your own humus-rich material for use as a soil improver and mulching material.

Any plant material can be used, as long as it isn’t diseased.

You’ll need a compost bin to keep all the material together and provide the correct conditions for speedy rotting.

Make sure there’s a good mix of plant material, and that any stems or large leaves have been cut into smaller pieces, otherwise they’ll take ages to rot down. You can speed up the rotting process by adding Miracle-Gro Compost Maker.

Key Tips
 
Rembember to keep turning the compost getting the right mix of Green and Brown waste, compost accelerators will help produce heat which will make your  compost faster.

Have you seen this Hot Bin composter, you can even add food waste http://www.harrodhorticultural.com/hotbin-composter

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  • 32 Mowbray Gardens,
    West Bridgford,
    Nottingham.
    NG2 6JN

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We operate both North and South of the River Trent, many of our customers are located in: West Bridgford, Radcliffe on Trent, Bingham, Cotgrave, Tollerton, Keyworth, Ruddington and North of the River: Beeston, Chilwell, Wollaton, Bramcote, Nottingham, Mapperley and Arnold.

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