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English Woodlands Burrow Nursery Blog

  • Stunning mature specimens

    Looking for something special?

     

    Specimen trees We have some stunning new specimens in stock to view now.

    Mid-winter is a great time to appreciate form, structure and evergreens in the garden. Topiary can be used to great effect in both formal and informal gardens. Evergreen yew can be clipped to many shapes - balls, cones, half standards and we have a great selection which can be used as single specimens or in groups.  For a less formal look, we have mature 'multi-stem' Cryptomeria japonica and Holly - Ilex Nellie Stevens.

    Also valuable in the winter garden are trees with interesting bark including Himalayan birch and winter flowering shrubs such as Hamamelis, Mahonia and Daphne.

     

    Also new in stock are multi-stem 2.5m+ evergreen oak and Camellia - suitable for contemporary urban gardens and traditional gardens alike. Use as a stunning centre piece or a symmetrical pair.

     

    Other new arrivals include half-standard pleached evergreen Elaeagnus and deciduous Pyrus Chanticleer (ornamental pear).

    Come and visit to view!

  • Cold and wet weather advice - planting

    Autumn to spring is the ideal planting time for most trees and shrubs as they are not actively growing and there is likely to be less stress to the plant. However, it is best to avoid planting in waterlogged or frozen ground.

     

    Wet conditions?

    If the soil is waterlogged do wait until surface water has drained away before you plant. If the soil consistently remains very wet consider improving the drainage before planting or the plants could suffer in the long term. Walking on or digging soil when waterlogged can also damage the structure - compacting it and reducing the aeration which is necessary for plant roots to thrive.

    Cold conditions?

    Generally, if there is snow on the ground or the ground is frozen for several days it is advisable not to plant. Do not remove pots or containers from the root ball during freezing conditions as the small roots can be damaged.

    Storage

    Bundles of bare-root plants can be kept in the bags they are supplied in, in a shed or garage for about a week prior to planting, if the delay is longer they are best ‘heeled’ in the soil in their bundles or in a free draining container with compost around the roots. Rootballed plants are best left out of drying, cold winds with straw or hessian over the rootballs. Container grown trees and shrubs are fine in the containers they come in until planting conditions are suitable – just secure them safely where they won’t blow over.

    see our blog on Bare root plants for hedges for more information on care for bare root plants during and after planting.

  • Plants for winter interest

    Hamamelis - Witch hazel

    A lovely addition to the winter garden. Hamamelis is a hardy deciduous shrub with spidery flowers in winter. Depending on the variety the flowers are yellow, orange or red and some are scented. In some years the autumn colour is a fiery orange or yellow.

    Witch hazel Jelena Hamamelis Jelena

    They thrive in a sheltered position and tolerate partial shade. Plant in any moist but well drained neutral to acid soil.

  • Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year!

    We look forward to seeing you at the nursery this year.

    Open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and

    8am to 4pm on Saturdays

  • Season's Greetings + Closing & Opening times.

    English Woodlands

    The whole team at English Woodlands would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas
    and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

    Thank you for your custom during 2017 and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

    We close at 1pm on Friday 22nd December and
    Open again 8am Tuesday January 2nd 2018

    English Woodlands

  • Christmas Trees - Sold Out !

    Our great quality Christmas Trees  -  all sold out!

    Thank you to all our customers this year and Thank you for all your lovely comments about our trees!

    Nordmann Fir - the 'non-drop' tree that retains its needles well, beautiful glossy foliage. 4' - 12' trees starting at £35

    Norway spruce - the traditional one with the fragrance of Christmas! 4'-12' trees starting at £26

    Some potted plants also available including some very neat potted Picea conica - ideal for a small decoration at £19.99

    Picea conica Picea conica

     

    We are open Mondays to Fridays 8am to 5pm
    Saturdays 8am to 4.00pm

  • Bare root plants available!

    Plants for hedges are supplied bare root from November to March when they are dormant. This is an economical way to plant new deciduous hedges. Our plants are well rooted, strong plants you may see cheaper on the web but would find it hard to get better quality.

    Our Hedge Packs of 25 plants are ideal for small quantities (one pack is sufficient for 5 metres planted in a double staggered row) or are ideal for gapping up an existing hedge. Available in a 60-80cm size comprising 12 Hawthorn, 4 Field Maple, 3 Hazel, 3 Spindle and 3 Blackthorn.

    Hedge packs are now available in the nursery at the larger size 90-120cm comprising 13 Hawthorn, 4 Field Maple, 4 Hazel and 4 Hornbeam.

    For larger quantities our classic Country Hedge mix is available with 50% hawthorn and a combination of other species supplied in bundles of 25 plants.

    Single species such as beech and hornbeam make attractive garden hedges . A variety of sizes are available, the largest usually used for hedging is 125-150cm. Evergreen plants are supplied at small sizes such as Yew 30-40cm and Box 20-30cm - well branched sturdy plants.

    Need advice? Follow the links above and telephone or visit to discuss your requirements.

  • Bare root plants for Hedges

    We have listened to our customers most frequent questions about planting bare root plants for hedges and compiled our recommendations for you:

    How many will I need?

    New mixed hedges are usually planted at a spacing of 5 plants per metre (approximately 4 plants per yard). This allows for 2 rows with plants staggered – see diagram below:

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    Double row – typically 30cm (12”) between the rows with plants spaced at 40cm (16”) along each row.

    Will they need protection?

    Bare root hedge plants are vulnerable to rabbit and deer damage, particularly in rural areas. For protection from rabbits, spiral guards should be used with canes to support them. Alternatively, the entire hedge can be fenced off with chicken wire, with the base of the wire firmly buried in the soil. Deer fencing generally needs to be 1.8m high, see our website for planting accessories or ask for advice.

    How should I store them after purchase?

    You should be able to keep the plants in the bags they were supplied in for up to 10 days as long as they are frost free and the roots are kept moist but not sitting in water. Beyond 10 days “heel-in” the plants by digging a hole or small trench, removing the plants from the bags keeping them in their bundles, spread the roots out and cover the roots with soil, then firm gently.

    Care when planting

    At the planting site check the roots are not dry – if necessary dip them in a bucket of water (do not soak). To prevent the roots from drying out in the wind, leave the plants in the bag, taking them out only as you plant them, alternatively cover the roots with damp sacking. We highly recommend you dip plants in Mycorrhizae gel at this stage, or granules for small quantities – see our separate guide on How to use Rootgrow in our downloadable advice section. Fertilisers, such as bonemeal, can be mixed in with the soil around the plant roots and, depending on the soil type, a 50/50 soil/compost mixture can be used to avoid large air spaces around the roots.

    Care after planting

    Weeds compete for water, nutrients and light so plant into soil free from perennial weeds (including grass) and keep them weed free in the first two years. Mulch mat rolls such as woven polypropylene and bark can be used as a weed suppressant. Water during the first spring and summer if logistically possible.

    Bad Weather?

    Don’t plant into waterlogged or frozen soil - wait until conditions improve. See our blogs in Cold weather Planting and Storage for more information.

  • Plants for autumn berries

    Autumn brings an array of foliage colours and also an abundance of berries including Pyracantha, Cotoneaster, the beauty berry Callicarpa Profusion and of course Ilex, or holly.

    A reliable holly for bright red berries - Ilex J C Van Tol is looking stunning at the moment.  It is one of the most reliable female fruiting forms, with glossy dark green, almost spineless leaves.

    It is tolerant of clay, some shade and can be used for hedging and topiary. It has an open habit and forms a small tree - a not so prickly holly!

    Holly J C Van Tol Ilex acquifolium J C Van Tol

     

  • See us at FutureScape

    If you are are going to FutureScape today look us up on stand 153 -

    "The UK's number 1 landscaping trade event. Don't miss your chance to network with the biggest names in landscaping, garden design, the grounds maintenance market and more."

    And well done to Jess for setting up the stand yesterday !

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