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  • Rootgrow - Instructions for Professional Application

    Rootgrow - Instructions for Professional Application     

    Mycorrhizal Fungi, produced in the highly recommended product RootgrowTM, are a valuable part of the planting process. They help plants develop large secondary root systems, and are necessary to help plants grow in sterile soil. Using Rootgrow when planting a new specimen will greatly improve their chances of healthy growth and survival. However there are a few things to bear in mind, depending on whether you are applying the fungi through dry granules or Gel.

    Firstly, whichever type you employ it’s important to maintain that the granules must come into direct contact with the roots. Secondly, be sure to use the advised application rates. They are designed to ensure good colonisation occurs in 2-4 weeks, and under dosing will slow the process down. Over dosing will do little more than waste money.

    Dry Granule Application (Rootballed & Containerised plants)

    For smaller plants, we’d say those up to 30 litres or 12-14cm in girth, sprinkle the granules evenly into the planting hole. Stick to the recommended dosage and place the plant directly onto them, the roots should be in contact with the granules.

    For specimens over this size apply the granules directly to the top half of the plant where the roots are most biologically active. Start refilling the planting hole until the backfill is 30-40cm away from the surface. If the plant is containerised proceed to expose the roots by brushing away the compost, and again apply the granules directly. If you’re dealing with a rootball then simply apply the granules onto the moistened rootball.

    Gel Application (Bare root plants and Whips)

    First you must create a fine gel mix. For each 8-10 litres of water you use add 50ml of gel powder. These will be provided in the pack as two 25ml scoops. Stir the new mix until it takes on the consistency of wallpaper paste, ideal for applying to the root system. If it’s not quite right then simply add slightly more water or powder to even it out.

    Remember how much solution you’ve created, since you’ll now add 1 litre of dry granules for every 4 litres of solution. Once they’re in the granules should be evenly suspended.

    With your gel solution made, dip the bare roots of the plant into the gel until the entire root system has been covered. When dipping whips be sure not to dip too many at simultaneously, we recommend no more than 25 per dip. An excess of this may result in uneven coverage.

    Get Planting

    Rootgrow is a great way to inspire growth in new plants, eventually growing a large and efficient root system to increase their uptake of nutrients and water. Be sure to follow the instructions we’ve laid out for you, and the process should be entirely painless.

  • Rootgrow - An Overview

    Rootgrow – An Overview

    Rootgrow is one of our absolute favourite products for encouraging fast and sturdy growth in plants, and one that we 100% recommend. We’ve mentioned it before, but we thought it would be worth going into a little more detail about what it is and how it can benefit you, so today we’ve set aside some space for just that.

    What are Mycorrhizal Fungi?

    Plant roots in all soils interact with a staggering number of microorganisms, and these are perhaps the most important. They’ve been helping plants grow for over 500 million years by helping them to extract nutrients and withhold water. They’ll permanently live with the plant, trading an enhanced nutrients supply in exchange for sugars and carbon from the plant. 90% of all land plants are involved in one of these relationships to augment their own root system.

    Then what’s Rootgrow?

    Rootgrow is made up of a mixture of UK mycorrhizal fungi, including AMF, ECMF and bio-additives. The substance can be applied in two forms, either as a dry granule or by mixing with water and hydrogel to create a root dipping treatment for bare root plants.

     How do I apply it?

    If you’re interested in the product then check out our blog on this topic. But essentially you can either apply the granules directly to the rootball and tree pit, or mix the gel and granules into water. This makes a solution the bare roots can be dipped in. Just make sure the roots are in direct contact with the Rootgrow.

    Do I need Rootgrow?

    Most landscape plants are raised in sterile compost with access to water and nutrients. Being planted into soil is a radical environment change and can be stressful, resulting in poor growth or death. You’re unlikely to have enough of the right type of fungi to affect the plant. 5 grams of Rootgrow contain up to 5000 pieces of fungi ready to colonise the entire root system.

    How will it benefit me?

    Whether you’re a gardener, parks manager or landscaper, Rootgrow will definitely benefit you. The reasons are extensive, a list is the best way to show you.

    1. One treatment lasts forever, the fungal partner will grow in hand with the plant, and you’ll never need to reapply.
    2. It’s easy to use! The dry granules are particularly easy to apply.
    3. You’ll see better growth, and sooner. In the 2-4 weeks after planting you can expect to see the active root area of the plant increased by up to 700 times.
    4. Reduced plant mortality, since the enhanced root system will nourish them during their most vulnerable phase.
    5. Drought resistance, the fungal roots will make better use of what moisture is still available.
    6. Better fertilizer uptake. Not only will you only need one application of the fungi, but repeated use products like fertilizer will be far more effective.
    7. The ultra-fine fungal strands will be able to unlock obscure trace elements from the soil, that regular roots would be unable to receive.
    8. Replanting problems, such as rose and apple sickness, will be resisted. The weak and damaged roots will start receiving nutrients far quicker than without the fungi.

    Rootgrow’s a great product, and we hope we’ve been able to clear up a few of the reasons why you might want it. Bear all this in mind, and if you’re ever after any information we haven’t gotten round to blogging about then don’t hesitate to contact us. We love giving out planting advice and will always be happy to help.

  • 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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