1. How do you work out the value of a tree in economic terms?

    Trees are big news. The entire climate change topic has moved up the priority ladder by several notches since the UK has become more aware of the impact that people, the things they produce, and the way that they live, have on the world. Governments are talking about trees and are now driving initiatives for tree planting schemes in an effort to right the environmental wrongs that have happened gradually over the decades.
    It seems that one of the keys to reconising the value of trees is to place a monetary figure on these big beasts of the plant kingdom. 
    So how do you go about doing this?
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  2. What is mycorrhizal fungi and why do I need it in my garden?

    No doubt you’ve heard the term ‘mycorrhizal fungi’, but do you know why you need it in your garden? Especially during autumn, winter and early spring when you might be considering doing some bare root planting.

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  3. Pick of the best flowering perennials and shrubs for spring and early summer

    Fill it with flowers!

    There’s no shortage of blooms at this time of year, and with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show looming (commencing 21 May), focus is firmly on flowers in the garden during this wonderful season. But there are many people who look wistfully from the side-lines, wondering why their own gardens aren’t showing such splendour. So let’s take a look at the best flowering shrubs and perennials for a marvellous May. If you set yourself a target to plant one specimen each month, choosing something that flowers in that particular month, your garden would gradually fill with flowering interest throughout the year.

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  4. How realistic are New Year's Resolutions? Here's 5 top tips for success.

    How many people break their New Year's Resolutions?

    Are we setting ourselves up for failure when we make those New Year’s Resolutions? It seems that around 88% of people fail to achieve their goals, and by the end of February a high proportion can’t even remember what they resolved to change in their lives.  Here are the reasons why we do it and five top tips for success:

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  5. Is it time to think outside of the box, Buxus sempervirens?

    Box blight and box moth are devastating tiny hedges and stylish topiary. What can you do about it?

    Are there alternatives to box, the highly popular small-leaved evergreen, Buxus sempervirens? Not every case of so-called box blight is actually that. Did you know that Buxus sempervirens is also affected by another little demon called Box tree moth? It can defoliate the shrub quite quickly, and is often first noticed as fine, webbed strands within which the moth larvae feeds. They subsequently develop into hungry green caterpillars. buxus sempervirens, buxus, box, box hedging, topiary, box blight, box tree moth, box caterpillar, formal gardens, hedging, Buxus has been used for topiary and detailed hedging for centuries because its small evergreen foliage responds well to clipping. Read more
  6. Do trees eat bicycles?

    Do trees eat bicycles, fences and any old iron?

    Well yes, and no! Trees frequently grow around objects, the most common of which are metal fences. The living tree has the most amazing capacity for self-repair and it will simply incorporate foreign objects into its structure. This act of edaphoecotropism, as it is called, is not harmful to the tree. The living tissue of the tree itself simply flows around an object and engulfs it. In so doing, the tree binds itself to the item and the connection actually becomes stronger as time passes. If you were to carve back the tree, you would find that the item inside will still be perfectly formed, not eaten but merely ‘consumed’! Read more
  7. Peaches, nectarines and apricots: how to grow exotic fruit in the UK

    Can you grow your own exotic fruit such as peaches, apricots and nectarines in the UK?

    Thinking of planting a fruit tree? No doubt you'll consider an apple, plum or pear. But how about something more exotic?  Did you know that you can expect full sized fruit from even tiny, patio-sized fruit trees such as peach, nectarine and apricot?  It’s all about the variety of tree and the rootstock. Here's a simple guide to get you started, it's a lot easier than you might think.   Read more
  8. 10 of the best flowering cherry trees for spring in the UK

    So many different flowering cherry trees to choose from, but which one’s the best?

    April and May are the peak periods for tree blossom, during which time the majority of flowering, ornamental cherry trees will be covered in blousy blooms. But which is best? With so many to choose from, you might want to utilise the coveted Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit (AGM) to help you select. We’ve sorted ten of the best AGM ornamental cherries – one of which could come to a garden near you. After all, this is the perfect time in which to plant!

    Larger ornamental cherries

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  9. Why palm trees can help us to feel good in the UK

    Palm trees are good for the health, and boost the spirits too. Here's 4 hardy palms for UK gardens and 3 excellent palms for indoors.

    Why are people pleased by the pleasures of palms? These iconic plants signify hot weather, holidays, gentle breezes and relaxation. There’s something about palm trees that needs a blue sky and yellow sun to make them look comfortable. Here in the UK there are many people who give palms some garden space, presumably in the hope that they might create some sort of tropical paradise. Some of these plants fail miserably to achieve much growth. Others die during their first tough winter. A few, however, are hardy and can grow into sizeable trees. Given the right environment, underplanting and setting, these palms can create an impressive impact, even in the depths of winter. Read more
  10. Time to make new year's resolutions: make them achievable

    Happy new year:  make your life healthy

    One of the problems of winter is that it’s more difficult to spend time outdoors. The daylight hours are short, nights are long, and work often gets in the way of opening the door onto the big wide world. It’s not surprising that people suffer from colds, depression and general malaise during this time of year. So, how can you get the new year off to a great start? Read more
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