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Monthly Archives: December 2012

  • Trees for Containers: Sunny with Edible Fruit

    In many situations a potted tree is simply more appropriate than a ground planted one. Many prefer the ease, mobility and flexibility that a pot-grown tree provides. Here we’re going to discuss a few trees bearing edible fruit that are suitable for pot growing with exposure to the sun.

    Strawberry Tree – Arbutus Unedo

    Strawberry Trees are an evergreen, multi-stem plant reaching an ultimate height of five to eight meters, though if you choose it can be grown as a single-stem tree. It’s prunable, making it an ideal half-standard topiary specimen. Pink flowers appear in autumn, with the previous year’s blossom producing rounded red fruits not dissimilar to strawberries. It’s fantastic choice for beginners, being fairly hardy and attractive. The red fruit, white/pink blossoms and red, shedding bark make for a striking combination.

    Fig – Ficus Carica

    The Fig Tree is another autumn flowerer with flowers appearing within what resembles a small fruit. It also produces edible green/brown fruit called figs between August and September. Like the Strawberry Tree it is hardy, and can grow fairly high and vigorously. This makes the Fig ideal for potted growth, where the roots will be restrained. As long as it’s kept in well drained soils and sheltered from cold winds it will prove easy enough to cultivate. This genus is a great choice for individuals seeking an unusual fruit tree than can be kept in a pot. The foliage of large, deep lobed green leaves is rough to the touch and majestic.

    Olive Tree – Olea Europaea

    The Olive Tree is quite adaptable, growing between five to ten meters. It can prosper in most soil types at various pH, including chalky, clay, loamy and sandy, just as long as you keep the soil well-drained throughout the year. Though generally hardy it proves vulnerable to low temperatures over extended periods, so be sure to take measures to shelter it. They usually produce black fruit in autumn, though in the colder environment of the UK you cannot count on this for sure, and the olives are unlikely to ripen.

    Each of these genera would make an attractive an excellent addition to any garden. Take a look through our website for more information, and see what kind of tree would suit your needs.

  • Advice for Trees in Containers with English Woodlands

    We’re often asked what plants can be kept in containers. There’s any number of reasons that lead people to choose a potted plant instead of a tree planted in the ground. For those with small gardens or balconies a ground plant may be inconvenient. If you’re looking to just try out a plant location or intend on eventually moving house then the mobility of a potted plant becomes invaluable.

    With this in mind, sometimes going with a potted plant is absolutely the right decision. We generally recommend a loam based compost, providing good soil structure, nutrients and weight to keep the pot from toppling. Unlike ground planted trees that can be staked during their initial growth, potted plants stand a real risk of toppling due to or wind. Regular watering is also essential, considering that they grow in a contained, sheltered space. However the benefits are quite tangible. They are free standing, and can be moved in and out of shelter as needed, as well as being easy to remove and transport. There are plenty of trees that are suitable for growing in pots, and these can be found on our website.

    In this portion of our blog we’ll be outlining the different kinds of trees suitable for potted cultivation, with sections of advice and information to help you choose between them. We’ll group them into categories of utility and interest that are relevant to you, such as fruit, blossom, aesthetics and shade requirements

    At English Woodlands we always want to ensure you find the type of plant that suits your needs, budget and environment. We’ll keep updating our blog as a comprehensive resource, but if there’s something you’re looking for and don’t see than always feel free to contact us with any queries you might have.

  • What is Environmental Sustainability?

    If you have found yourself in this particular part of our blog, then we have no doubt that you are interested in finding out more about Environmental Sustainability. If that’s the case, then all you have to do is read on, to learn a little about what is meant by Environmental Sustainability, and how it is helping the planet – on a small scale, and worldwide.

    As you can probably tell from its own title, environmental sustainability is about two things; the environment, and sustaining it. How exactly this is done, depends on what is done beforehand for there to be a need to sustain the environment. If a tree is cut down, planting one – or several – in its place, is part of sustaining the environment.

    Environmental sustainability includes taking the conscious decision to take action that will protect the natural world. This emphasises particularly on preserving the capability of the environment, in order to support human – and animal – life. In short, environmental sustainability is about humans taking care of the planet in order to make reparations for any damage we may have caused.

    For some, environmental sustainability is a small thing – throwing away rubbish that will not decompose, instead of throwing it in a field or on the ground, is a way to protect and preserve just a small piece of land. However, if everybody did this, then the piece of land saved would grow larger, and larger, until the majority of the earth was being treated respectfully.

    However, there are companies and other organisations that must make their sustainability actions even grander and more reliable. A furniture, or paper company, for example, will cut down thousands of trees. Planting new trees in their place, potentially twice the amount of them as well, is a way to sustain the tree life. It is big businesses whom are most concerned with environmental sustainability, as it will also sustain their business alongside it.

  • New look, for a new site

    English Woodlands have been suppliers of high quality plants and tree planting accessories since 1919. In our near one hundred year history we have supplied our products to an extensive range of people throughout the UK. From landowners to landscape contractors, to local authorities and the general public, thousands of people have had the benefit of working with us and our products to develop and sculpt their landscapes.

    If you are in need of reliable service, fast deliveries, and impeccable prices, then choose to become an English Woodlands customer. We pride ourselves on our reliability, and we work as hard as we can to provide every person with the highest level of customer service. From small, private users to larger contractors and landscapers, it’s our aim to become an online retailer and supplier everyone can count on.

    The quality of our products is something we pride ourselves on, and that is included in the quality of our website. You will find our delivery services as smooth as our navigation. When shopping online with English Woodlands, you are shopping with trust.

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