Birds nesting season…The rules for trees & hedges

Birds nesting

The bird nesting season begins on March 1st and runs to July 31st. It is advised that any work carried out to trees and hedges should not take place during this season. However, in some instances this is neither practical nor possible. It is the contractors responsibility to ensure that work to tress and vegetation carried out within this period avoids any impact on nesting birds. Before any work is carried out within this season a thorough visual survey needs to be carried out to ensure there are no nesting birds present or that the intended work will not disturb any birds nesting near to the work site. During this season it should be assumed that nesting birds will be present and therefore it is the duty of the client and contract to prove otherwise.

To water or not to water…that is the question

Lawn drought

You might be wondering whether to regularly water you dry lawn during a drought, or essentially leave it alone. Each option has its pros and cons.

During a dry season, many lawns will show initial symptoms of drought stress. The most telltale signs of drought stress is the crunchy tan of grass that has entered dormancy; the plant is still alive, but the leaves dry up and die. This helps the plant conserve water and survive a drought.

You can water regularly enough to avoid drought stress altogether, or you can let your lawn go dormant and water only occasionally to help it survive. Turf death can occur if there is no rain for 4-6 weeks and no irrigation is applied.

Some of the advantages and disadvantages of each option:

Watering to keep your lawn green
Water turf two to three times weekly – deeply, a good soaking, so you don’t have to water daily. Watering in the early-morning hours is most effective; watering in the evening could encourage disease or pests.

  • Advantages: Turf will stay green, aesthetically pleasing and actively growing; ground remains soft so it can be used for recreation; deep soaking will foster deep roots, which will help plants better survive a prolonged drought.
  • Disadvantages: Higher water bills.

Letting turf go dormant
Once the lawn turns brown and goes dormant, you can’t tell if a lawn is dying unless you water and wait to see the response. That is why we advise to water once every two weeks with one-half inch of water. This amount of water will not green up the turf, but it will increase long-term survival during long dry spells.

  • Advantages: Avoid irrigation costs; most turf species are drought-tolerant and will survive typical droughts.
  • Disadvantages: Difficult to tell when turf is getting too dry and needs water to stay alive; lawn is brown and has poor aesthetics; hard soil makes turf less usable for recreation; turf is more susceptible to injury and will not recover until rain returns.

When lawns are dry, it is important to stay off them where possible to prevent substantial damage. Once rains return, the turf will begin to recover and grow new leaves within two weeks.

To aid recovery we recommend applying a lawn fertiliser treatment. This will quickly break down to allow rapid uptake of nutrients. This will help you to gain a healthy, lush and vigorous lawn which can withstand many lawn issues, such as weeds, moss growth, disease and drought. If you are interested in a lawn treatment then please click here.

Lawn care treatments available in Market Harborough, Kibworth, Great Glen and surrounding areas.

Spring Gardening Tips

Gardening - Equipment Flowerbed In Sunny Garden

Check out our top tips on things to do in the garden this spring:

  • Prune roses to a forward facing bud and wisterias to 2 or 3 buds.
  • Cut back buddleia, dog wood, willow, ornamental grasses and summer flowering clematis to a pair of buds just above ground level.
  • Apply a layer of bark chippings or mulch to your garden borders to help suppress weeds and improve soil moisture retention.
  • Plant your summer flowering bulbs, pansies, and lift up and divide overgrown clumps of perennials.
  • Prune any ornamental garden trees to ensure they remain healthy, safe and in good shape.
  • Scarify your lawn to allow the soil to absorb more oxygen and accelerate growth.
  • Turn your compost heap to give it an influx of oxygen that will speed up the decomposition process.
  • Give your garden fence a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint whilst you can still get to it.

Garden maintenance services available in Market Harborough, Kibworth, Great Glen and surrounding areas.

Gift Vouchers

Gift card set

You can now treat someone special with one of our new e-gift voucher. They are ideal for Birthdays, Father’s and Mother’s days or as a simple thank you present.

You can arrange to have them sent directly to the person you want on a day of your choosing.

Our current gift voucher ideas include a range of options such as a full garden tidy-ups, lawn treatments, gardening etc. To find out more, or to book online, visit our Garden Maintenance Gift Voucher page.

Garden Maintenance Gift Vouchers available in Market Harborough, Kibworth, Great Glen and surrounding areas.

New Tree Surgery Service!

Tree surgery services in Market Harborough and Kibworth

We are pleased to announce that we now offer tree surgery services to clients in and around Market Harborough.

We cover all types of garden tree works whether large or small. Our tree surgery services typically include tree removal, tree pollarding, crown raising, crown reduction and crown thinning.

Our professional tree surgeons will carry out your requirements to the highest possible standard. We will remove all the wood and chippings from site leaving it spotless.

Tree Surgery, Pruning, Removal and Pollarding services available in Market Harborough, Kibworth, Great Glen and surrounding areas.

Book Our Services 24/7

New online booking services

Our new online booking services allows you to select your requirements any time of day.

All you need to do is click on the service you require from the drop down menu and select your specific requirements. You can then sit back and relax whilst we do the rest.

Garden maintenance services available in Market Harborough, Kibworth, Great Glen and surrounding areas.

Summer Hedge Maintenance

hedge trimming

Pruning your hedges in summer means they’ll hold crisp and trim, not just for the rest of the growing season, but throughout winter.

The hedge should be wider at the ground than the top. If you cut it dead straight, the plant will have more sunlight at the top, therefore it will grow stronger and the bottom will become weaker, and what you end up with is bare stems at the end of the plant.

Don’t forget that hedge trimmings also make “brilliant” compost.

Hedge Trimming and Maintenance services available in Market Harborough, Kibworth, Great Glen and surrounding areas.