Features by Hortlands

Hints & Tips from Hortlands

Features by Hortlands

Welcome to Features by Hortlands. Here you will find updates on what we have been up to, hints and tips on all things horty, and general advice for your garden needs. Updated by our specialists, you will get an insight into our world, expert guidance, and a chance to surround your mind with nature.

Plants for Shade

Plants for Shade

Many plants can tolerate semi-shade but only a few can grow successfully in full shade. Based on our experience and research, the following plants can cope with being planted in full shade locations.

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Summer Flowers For Garden Cutting

If you enjoy bringing the outside in, there is nothing more satisfying than gathering a few flowers from your own garden. Whether it be to pop in a vase on the kitchen table, to adorn a side board or two, or dress the dinning table for a special dinner party.

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Summer Flowers For Garden Cutting
Prairie Planting

Prairie Planting

The word prairie simply means ‘grassland ‘and its usually associated with large open areas of land. Originally seen in North America, especially the Midwest, consisting of large amounts of native grasses and smaller amounts of perennials.

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Benefits of Wild Flower Meadows

Wild flowers are becoming increasingly popular and rightfully so! Not only do wild flowers look beautiful but they are hugely important for biodiversity.

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Benefits of Wild Flower Meadows
Tree Size Guide

Tree Size Guide

Read our handy guide on tree sizes and compare measurements of different types of trees.

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Acer Palmatum / Japanese Maple

‘Beautiful’, ‘Stunning’ and ‘Graceful’, deserved comments of the much loved Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) trees. A must have plant for so many gardeners.

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Acer Palmatum / Japanese Maple
Horse Friendly Hedges & Trees

Horse Friendly Hedges & Trees

View our recommended plants that can produce good hedges in their own right or as creative mixtures and are horse friendly.

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Carpinus Betulus / Hornbeam

A long living, tough tree that grows on most soils that are not too poor but with a preference for loamy ground.

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Carpinus Betulus / Hornbeam
Benefits of Instant Hedges

Benefits of Instant Hedges

At Hortlands we believe our fully formed instant hedges are horticultural wonders but why do our customers rate our hedges so highly?

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Tree Guards and Shelters

Trees are planted for many reasons and ongoing care and attention is important to help them overcome the shock of transplanting from a pot or piece of land into another.

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Tree Guards and Shelters
Trees for Wet Ground

Trees for Wet Ground

There are numerous plants that are capable of surviving in damp ground situations but only a few that can cope with periods of flooding.

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Japanese Holly Hedges

Hortlands recommend our Ilex crenata (Japanese holly), as the best alternative or replacement for Buxus hedges and topiaries.

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Japanese Holly Hedges
Lawn Scarifying Tips

Lawn Scarifying Tips

Our customers love their lawns and always want them to look their best. Good lawn care practice covers many aspects of our work and here we consider the benefits of one of them; raking and scarifying. If you have a fine grass or ornamental lawn, raking and scarifying should become a necessary task within the annual maintenance work schedule.

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Lawn Care and Maintenance

For newly laid turfed lawns, begin mowing after 2-3 weeks when the roots have anchored the turves into the soil. After the winter, the first cuts on established lawns should not be too short as it is important to reduce the height of the grass slowly over the first few weeks. For most lawns it is generally best practice to never mow lower than 15mm.

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Lawn Care and Maintenance
Soil Types Explained

Soil Types Explained

In our opinion it is far better to have a garden full of plants that will establish and thrive to their full potential rather than a group of plants that simply survive and give an average show.

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Guide to Watering

Water is required by plants all year round but mainly between April and the end of September. Trees, shrubs and hedges planted less than five years ago require water to encourage root growth into the surrounding soil to enable the plants to establish and flourish.

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Guide to Watering
Turfs and Topsoils

Turfs and Topsoils

We use a quality ornamental lawn turf that can be used for landscaping where fine garden lawns are required.

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Trees for Small Gardens

There are numerous trees that are small enough for planting into limited spaces but careful consideration is required when choosing them.

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Trees for Small Gardens
Plants For Coastal Areas

Plants For Coastal Areas

The following plants can produce good hedges in their own right or as creative mixtures.

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Native Mixed Hedges

Our native hedging plants provide food and protection to a hidden world of creatures and wildlife and when planted as a creative mixture, produce an outstandingly beautiful hedge.

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Native Mixed Hedges
Weed Control Guide

Weed Control Guide

The first control should take place as soon as the soft growth phase begins which is mid to late spring. Further control can then take place as required up until the end of October.

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Pruning Hedges

All hedges require regular pruning to keep them tidy and within bounds. The more hedges are trimmed the denser and stronger they will become. Read our full guide.

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Pruning Hedges