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Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • What to do with fruit trees during the ‘June Drop’

    Now we’re halfway through June, owners of fruit trees may have noticed the fruit starting to drop off from the trees.

    Commonly known as the ‘June Drop’, the early summer sees fruit trees flowering to the extent that they naturally shed some of their produce.

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    This is usually caused by either an excessive fruit load, whereby there is a surplus amount of fruit that becomes too heavy for a tree to carry.

    Other causes tend to be that a tree has limited carbohydrate resources and needs to lose fruit to respire properly, or even turbulent weather conditions. Another major cause of damaged fruit, unsuitable for a crop, is inadequate cultivation, and this is something that you can rectify yourself.

    Pruning to allow the tree’s branches, in order for it to access more light, is one method that gardeners may want to try.

    Another useful method is to thin your fruit (i.e. manually removing any surplus) in order to help immature trees to conserve energy. Instead this energy will be spent on developing roots, foliage and branches, meaning the tree will have a better foundation to harvest in future years. Certainly, it is important that a specimen does not expend too much energy in a year’s crop, lest it affect the next year’s produce.

    Pruning and thinning benefits the remaining fruits, allowing them to develop to the right size, and allowing them good access to sunlight and oxygen.

    When it comes to apple or pear trees, you will want to remove any fruit that has an odd shape, position, or that are damaged in any way. Within any given cluster, there will often be a ‘king’ fruit that has all of these attributes, and will definitely need removing right away. Make sure you use secateurs or long scissors for the job, or you can twist them off by hand if that’s easier.

    Plums have a habit of over-cropping too, but are easy to thin out with a thumb and forefinger; leave out one pair every 15cm.

    If your fruit has already started dropping, you will want to get started thinning and pruning, maintaining the trees as you see fit until mid-July.

    If you have any questions or queries on best pruning and thinning practices, don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’re hoping to buy fruit trees then we have pear, apple, cherry, plum trees and more available online, in our fruit trees category.

    Furthermore, if you would like to purchase any of our hedges, shrubs, accessories, or trees for gardens, then feel free to browse the site to view our comprehensive selection.

  • June Promotion: Save 20% on Box Topiary and 10% on Box Hedge Plants

    During June, we are running a promotion on selected Buxus sempervirens, or Box as it is more commonly known - a classic and deservedly popular plant.

    Although June is not traditionally the planting season for trees or shrubs, container grown plants can be planted at any time of year as long as the soil is still moist, and you can water them during the summer after planting. Box is very popular as topiary as well as hedge plants, they are evergreen, slow growing and are easily maintained by pruning – traditionally during June.

    Box has traditionally been used as a low hedge around vegetable and rose gardens and formal herbaceous borders – all usually at their best in June. Topiary box balls and cones can also be used effectively in containers by entrances, on patios and balconies. Box is tolerant of shade and most well-drained soils. Like any plants if you keep box in containers do feed them during the growing season!

    At English Woodlands we stock a range of container grown hedge plants and topiary, and we are offering two promotions this month.

    To activate this discount, you will want to activate the following codes when at the checkout:

    10% off all Box hedging code: BOXHEDGE10


    20% off all Box topiary code: BOXTOP20

    To view all of the Box plants on offer this month, you can visit our promotions page now. For any further information, please call us on 01435 862882

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