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Yellow Rattle. Increase Species Diversity

Yellow Rattle. Increase Species Diversity

Yellow rattle is an attractive, semi‐parasitic, grassland annual. In the past this plant was a serious pest for farmers as it weakens grasses and as a result can reduce hay yields by as much as 50%. In a landscape or garden context however, this suppression of grass...
Plant a Tree. Protect a Hedgerow

Plant a Tree. Protect a Hedgerow

The Queen’s platinum jubilee is bringing with it several initiatives. 70 years on the throne, the longest by any British or English monarch ever and the fourth longest of any monarch of any nation ever. [If you are interested the longest was Louis XIV at 72 years and...
Plant a Tree. Protect a Hedgerow

UK Hedgerows

Our UK hedgerows have never been more important to us. Did you know that hedgerows are not only home to plants and flowers? Many animals and insects also call our hedgerows home. It may surprise you, but in your local hedgerow, you may find field mice, bats and...
Defining Different Soil Types

Defining Different Soil Types

Characteristics of Soil Types The soil type in your farm, garden or recreational area will be a major factor in the type of flora you may expect to thrive. Here we look at some of the major characteristics that define different soil types. Organic or Mineral Broadly...
Lawn Care During a Drought

Lawn Care During a Drought

We do not often have very warm weather in the UK. It can catch a gardener by surprise. Leave us unprepared and not quite sure of what to do. One area that might need a little extra care and attention during a long dry and warm spell is your lawn. How does a good...