Monthly Archives: January 2019

  • Trees – the unsung heroes with super-powers

    Trees – the unsung heroes with super-powers

    The UK needs to plant tens of millions of trees in the coming years to help soak up carbon emissions and reduce serious flooding.

    A report to the Government by the Committee on Climate Change says the UK must increase its forest cover from 13% now to 19% by 2050. The advisers also recommend that the Government should more than double the number of trees it plants by 2020.
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    The Woodland Trust describes the advice as a “wake-up call” and should be acted on immediately.

    Whether it’s their leading role in fighting global warming or simply their sheer beauty, trees are super-heroes that just keep on giving. Here are 10 amazing facts about trees.
    mature oak

    1. They help keep us alive – literally. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen for us to breathe.
    2. They also release chemicals called phytoncides, thought to have health benefits for us when we are exposed to them – another good reason for a woodland walk!
    3. Trees are vital for biodiversity as they provide a home for thousands of species, from birds and mammals to insects and reptiles.
    4. Forest trees are highly social. They communicate with other and share nutrients, using an underground network of fungi dubbed ‘The Wood Wide Web’.
    5. Some trees can emit chemical signals to warn neighbouring trees of an impending insect attack.
    6. A mature oak can ‘drink’ over 100 gallons of water a day.
    7. Scientists believe the first trees on earth were between 350 and 400 million years ago.
    8. The oldest ancient tree in the UK is the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, thought to be 3,000 years-old – possible older.
    9. There are an estimated three trillion trees on earth currently.
    10. A study by Yale University found that the annual net loss of trees is 10 billion. At this rate there will be no trees left in 300 years’ time.

    So, if you’re looking to add a feature to your garden, why not plant a tree? The Woodland Trust has some great advice at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.
    hug a tree

  • 5 great New Year’s resolutions for gardeners in 2019

    5 great New Year’s resolutions for gardeners in 2019
    New Year
    As we close the door on 2018 and welcome in 2019, we’d like to wish all our readers and customers a happy and prosperous New Year.

    And, to help you get maximum enjoyment out of your lawns and gardens this year, we’ve come up with some New Year’s resolutions that’ll keep your green spaces – and you! – in good shape.

    1. Get active in the garden.  Whether you’re mowing the lawn, sorting weeds or caring for your trees and plants, gardening activities are great for both physical and mental wellbeing. The fresh air and being close to nature are real tonics, too.
    2. Love your lawn – and your mower.  Get the most out of your lawn by keeping it fabulous all-year-round. You’ll probably want to get your lawnmower serviced before the first mow, which will usually be in March or April. Before that, clear the lawn of any stones or other items that might have got on the grass during the winter months – it’ll save your lawnmower from potential damage. Mow once a week in spring, twice a week in the summer (or once if there’s a drought) and weekly during the autumn.
    3. Grow your own.  Nothing tastes better than home-grown food. Even if you have only a smallish space, make room for some herbs or tomatoes or your favourite veg or berries. You don’t need a bed or a border – you can use pots. If you have a larger garden, local apple and pear tree varieties will deliver an autumn treat.
    4. Be green.  You can start by shredding your Christmas tree for mulch. Compost your veg peelings and garden waste and re-use the composted material in your garden. Encourage wildlife such as birds, bees, hedgehogs and insects by providing food, water and shelter.
    5. Enjoy your garden.  These days, a garden is an extension of your home. It’s a place to sit and relax with a book and a cuppa, or to socialise with family and friends over a drink and a bite to eat. It’s a peaceful haven, or a place to party. Resolve to be kind to yourself in 2019 and get out in your garden as much as you can!

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