Buckland Nurseries was established as a family run garden centre business over 150 years ago.
The business was founded by Thomas Hogg in 1865 and has continued through six generations of the Hogg family into the hands of David and Linda Hogg (pictured alongside).
Buckland Nurseries stocks a wide range of perennials, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, roses, herbs, garden sundries, tools, turf, seeds, paving and gravels and the friendly team looks forward to giving you a lovely welcome when you next visit their traditional Garden Centre.
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September Garden notes – stressed gardens!
Gardening is well-known to relieve stress and provide excellent exercise and therapy. However, after a difficult year for gardens, many plants and lawns will have been greatly stressed and will be crying out this autumn for some tender loving care.
There is much evidence to be seen that the prolonged hot and dry summer, preceded by the “Beast from the East” has killed off many hardy specimens: I have recently seen fatal damage to mahonia, aucuba (variegated laurel) and conifers. Dig out and replace any you spot in your beds and borders. Perennials have fared better, but many will have finished flowering earlier than usual. Cut back unsightly old growth to allow room for later-flowering herbaceous plants such as rudbeckia and echinacea.
Perhaps worst affected will be lawns. Although most will have recovered to a degree now that temperatures are more moderate, there are a few ways you can encourage more healthy green growth:
– Autumn lawn feed. This is a slower release feed than the spring feeds, and will promote strong root growth as opposed to a sudden burst. Many will incorporate moss killers.
– Hollow-tine aerating will make it easier to break up hardened soils – brush in sand to complete the job. Lawn spiking is a quicker and less onerous task, less thorough but less messy too!
– Re-seed where necessary, either with a widespread sprinkle over the whole lawn to thicken it up, or over patches. Lawn top dressing will help with seeding and with general recovery.
After the repair work, look ahead to a cheerful spring next year by planting bulbs in the next couple of months. Don’t delay if you want prepared hyacinths in bowls to flower in time for Christmas.