Gardening Guides

Hints & Tips from Hortlands

Gardening Information Guides from Hortlands

It is always our pleasure to be helpful where we can with questions for advice on numerous subjects to do with plants and our work. On the following pages you will find information that covers a wide range of topics including the subjects that we are most asked about. We hope you find it useful. If you want to know more, or have questions on other subjects that you feel we can help you with, please get in touch.

Acer Palmatum / Japanese Maple

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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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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Benefits of Instant Hedges
Carpinus Betulus / Hornbeam

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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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
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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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 Care and Maintenance

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 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 Scarifying Tips
Native Mixed Hedges

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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Plants For Coastal Areas

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

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Plants For Coastal Areas
Pruning Hedges

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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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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Soil Types Explained
Tree Guards and Shelters

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 Size Guide

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

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Tree Size Guide
Trees for Small Gardens

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 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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Trees for Wet Ground
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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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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Weed Control Guide