In the early months of the year, we can usually expect some of our coldest weather and there is good reason to assume that little can be done in the garden at this time however is not necessarily the case! Preparation in your garden for the upcoming growing season is vital and the use of farm manure in the garden can play a big part. Manure is a natural, organic material rich in nutrients with multiple uses throughout the garden. Its a great allrounder for boosting your garden & plants, use it for mulching, feeding plants, or as a soil improver.
In basic terms, mulching is the method of placing manure or bark around the base of plants and shrubs, this is usually done for the winter months. By doing this you are creating a layer of natural matter which helps to improve soil structure. Mulch is very useful as it can help to retain moisture and keep the soil warmer around plants. Placing an extra layer on top of the soil, farm manure can also help to suppress weeds and adds nutrients to the soil as it rots down further.
Start looking preparing your garden beds and borders for spring as early as possible, from Autumn onwards. Take any opportunity when the ground is not frozen to dig in your farm manure. If you have raised beds for growing vegetables, turn the soil over and add some fresh well-rotted manure, making sure that it is mixed in well. Manure is an economical fertilizer too – well-rotted manure is very rich in nutrients so a little goes a long way. This will provide a new wave of nutrients for the next batch of seeds and seedlings that you plant. The same applies to flower beds containing bedding plants such as Pansies and Violas adding some fresh manure will give your spring bedding a real boost.
Many of us have an area of the garden where the soil quality is poor. Areas that have had hedges and trees taken from them, for example, will be devoid of nutrients therefore by adding manure, will reinvigorate the soil in this situation. Similarly, areas that suffer from heavy clay will benefit from adding manure to the existing soil as it helps to break the clay down over time and subsequently improve drainage.
Our different types of manure, here at Lymefield, can all be delivered to you. Our locally obtained well-rotted Farm Manure is provided in bulk bags. These can be delivered by ourselves throughout the Manchester, Derbyshire, and Cheshire areas. They are an extremely cost-effective way of buying manure. Secondly, we also supply Westland Farmyard Manure rich in organic matter. Available in 50-litre bags these are light and easy to carry, ideal for areas with awkward access. All manure products in bulk bags and 50-litre bags can be delivered to your door wherever you are in the UK. Our Delivery Service transports our products to all our local postcodes including Greater Manchester, Cheshire, and Derbyshire. Plus we use a Pallet service to provide our bulk bag products nationwide deliveries.
To order manure and for further help and information just call us on 01457 764686 or order online.
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Our bulk bags and crates of logs have free delivery for all local postcodes including SK13, SK14, SK15, SK16, SK12, SK6, SK7 & SK22
Kiln Dried Hardwood Logs
Our Kiln Dried Logs are available for free delivery to Glossop, Hyde, and Marple. The logs are hardwood consisting entirely of Birch which has been cut to an even length of 10″ (25.4cm). This means that they stack superbly in log stores or as firewood by the fireplace. They are supplied in Crates, in a Bulk Bag, or as a Small Handy Sized Bag.
Firewood for delivery
We are located in Broadbottom, Hyde and so we are in an ideal location to be able to deliver to Glossop, Hayfield, New Mills and into Derbyshire, whilst being close to Manchester, Marple, Romiley, Stockport and into Cheshire.
Coal and Kindling
As well as Kiln Dried Firewood, we also stock Coal and Kindling. We have Smokeless Fuel as well as traditional House Coal, and our kindling sticks and blocks are second to none, complementing the coal and logs perfectly in order to help get the fire roaring! If you would like any help with ordering please don’t hesitate to give us a ring on 01457 764686
There are many different types of hedging available out there, and choosing the correct one can be tricky. It really all depends on two things. Firstly –why are you putting the hedge there? And secondly – what are theconditions like?
If the purpose for your hedge is to provide privacy, then the chances are that an evergreen hedge would be the preferable option. An evergreen hedge is one which keeps it's leaves year-round, and won't be bare during the winter (something that could leave visible gaps in the hedge). The likelihood is that you will also require the hedge to be reasonably quick-growing in order to provide privacy as soon as possible.Laurel (prunus laurocerasus rotundifolia) hedging ticks both of the above boxes. It has glossy attractive green leaves which it maintains throughout the year, is a quick grower (putting on up to potentially a foot or more of growth in a season once established) and is tolerant of both harsh weather and tricky conditions.Photinia 'Red Robin' is another evergreen which is a reasonably quick growing shrub. As well as having attractive foliage, the new growth which comes through is a strong red. This adds colour and interest to the hedge. Leylandii the most commonly knownconifer in Britain is a traditional favourite for those looking for a quick and easy, cost effective hedging, guaranteed to grow quickly and maintain it's greenery all year-round.Bamboo – Although not a traditional choice, few shrubs can match Bamboo for their tolerance to wet conditions and extremely quick growth habit. As well as attaining a tall height in no time, they automatically thicken out, producing more and more stems and this eventually creates a dense thicket. The varietyPhyllostachys Aurea is a rapid growing variety which can attain heights of 12 foot + quite easily. Another Bamboo –Fargesia Murielae is a variety which is much easier to control and will not grow as tall as the Phyllostachys.
If you are looking to use your hedge to add extra security to an area then it goes without saying that the best varieties to use are those that will quite literally put a thorn in to the side of anyone daring to try and clamber through!Berberis are a great hedging option as not only are they thorny, they also produce yellow flowers during the spring. They are evergreen and tolerant of tough conditions.Pyracantha – again, like Berberis they are both useful and colourful, with dozens of berries appearing during late autumn. They are also tough, ideal for exposed locations.Holly – Although more ornamental than some of the other options, Holly is a great hedging solution due to it's density, the fact that it is evergreen, and the berries which it produces. Variegated Holly's are also available to provide more interesting foliage too.Hawthorn hedges are usually the choice where pure necessity for security exists. Having said that, they can be grown alongside Beech or Holly to provide a little more interest.
Beech – Beech hedging is a great choice for many different locations. It is good value – there is a choice of Green or Purple Beech (or a combination of the two), and it will tolerate exposed locations well. It is deciduous but short of an extremely blustery winter, it will retain most of it's brown leaves through to Spring.Yew – A Yew hedge is ideal for situations where only a short run of hedging is required. The negatives of it being rather slow growing and compact in shape are far outweighed by the unique evergreen appearance which they provide.Escallonia – Once established Escallonia hedges will flourish and form a great spectacle all year-round. As well as being evergreen, they fill with flowers in June.Buxus – A Box hedge is for those situations where you may be looking to create a neat and tidy outline within a garden, along a path for example. They are evergreen and extremely easy to maintain. Their slow growth means that they require only light pruning every so often.
Many of the varieties listed above will be tolerant of certain conditions to an extent. For example, Leylandii conifers are likely to thrive in most soils and don't particularly mind exposed spots. The same is true of Laurels. The likelihood is that in many gardens, even if the location isn't ideal for the type of hedge that you want, you can turn this around with good preparation such as improving the soil conditions or improving drainage. However in some cases such as when a site is particularly exposed, the option of which hedge to use comes purely down to necessity rather than choice.
Wet, heavy soils
Hornbeam is an ideal hedging to be used in locations where drainage is poor, for example at the base of a sloping garden. It is tolerant of such poor conditions and yet despite being deciduous, retains many of it's brown leaves over winter much like Beech.Privet – It is usually chosen more out of necessity than anything else, but Privets will thrive in poor conditions, retain most of their leaves over winter and are quick growers too.
This depends on the level of shade as many varieties of hedging will tolerate some shade to a degree. For densely shaded areas though a couple of choices include:Holly will tolerate both sun and shade. As mentioned earlier, it will form a dense, secure hedge. Berries are produced as long as both male and female varieties are present and varieties with a variegated leaf are available.Aucuba Japonica or Japanese Laurel is an evergreen shrub, tolerant of most garden conditions including one of the toughest – dry shade. It has green leaves with speckles of gold and produces small red berries. Although more of an informal hedge, a cluster of them can still form a strong, evergreen barrier.
For areas that are really exposed to the elements (such as on windy hillsides) some ideal hedging choices include:Beech – Beech will tolerate windy, exposed sites whilst still offering the benefit of looking great through the summer.Privet is another option for exposed spots.Pyracantha will tolerate tough windy spots and chalky soils. It produces an abundance of berries as well as being a secure option due to it's thorns. More information can be found on our hedging page too.
All gardens and their conditions vary, so if you are still not sure on which hedging is the best for you, then please don't hesitate to phone us up on01457 764686.
Winter is closing in fast, the beauty of autumn colour is clear all around us and our gardens are ready to be pruned, cleared and prepared for the coming months of bad weather.
The nights are getting shorter and although it has been a mild October, it looks like November will be much colder in the mornings and late afternoon.
If you are working, this can prevent most of your mid-week gardening, but, if you can make time at the weekends there is plenty to do in the garden in November.
Here is our guide to a few jobs that can really help your garden in November:
If you were thinking about planting native and fruit trees, hedges, shrubs and roses this autumn now is a great time to do it. Lymefield have a great range of freshly potted ball rooted plants as well as bare rooted hedging available.
Pull up any faded annuals, remove any faded foliage and remove leaves from all your beds, borders and ponds, all this material can be composted.
If you have perennial beds, its time to go through and cut back and tidy.
Planting of newherbaceous stock can be done, this is also the perfect opportunity for lifting and dividing any overcrowded areas.
When asked, when is a good time to plant fruit trees? We always say November. This is due to us having our fresh stock available, coinciding with great planting conditions. Get in contact with us for any orders or enquiries into all the varieties we stock.
If you are thinking about fruit, dig over and manure any area that is to be planted later in the season.
If you have existing trees, go through and check to make sure ties aren't constricting any new growth and that stakes are still firm as the weather will get worse.
The really big job now in your garden this November is pruning. Pruning can be so specific to each variety, also the age and condition of the plant, the area is to large to go into here.BUT, get in touch or come and see us and we will get you on the path to pruning all your garden correctly.
Veggie growers still have plenty of labour to do, digging or forking over vacant plots and adding manure can be back-breaking, but its a must so the coming frost can break down the manure adding nutrient and quality for next year. You could sow broad beans under cloches for an early crop, stake your Brussel sprouts but other than that its time to come into the garden centre to see what else you could plant next year.
Apply Autumnlawn food now to give your lawn strength for winter and a great start next year. Spike the surface and brush silver sand into the surface of problem wet areas. Give your lawn its final cut for winter before the end of the month, our tip would be don't scalp it, leave a little on for the cold coming. Remember that you can still layturfnow as long as it is neither too wet nor frozen.
All in all, there’s still lots to do. If you have any questions or need any other advice and help don't hesitate to get in touch on01457 764686.
Whilst loading a customer’s car with some of our turf this morning we felt compelled to give an up-to-date picture of just how good it is looking at the moment!
It is probably a mixture of wet and warm weather, which combined with our timely regular mowing and feeding has resulted in the grass becoming as lush and green as ever. We grow lawn turf on our own fields here at Lymefield farm in Broadbottom. As well as being blessed with excellent soil, we also put a lot of nutrients back into the ground during preparation.
Every roll is harvested and then stacked by our own hands, so we are extremely strict on quality. The turf is sold in the garden centre which means that you can order as much or as little turf as you like. If you are a landscaper requiring hundreds of yards of turf each week, we can happily meet this demand. Equally, if you only need 1 roll for some patching that is fine too! Alongside the turf, we also sell topsoil by the tonne, or in small bags. We like to think that we have learned a thing or two about growing turf by now! So if we can offer any advice, whether you are laying a completely new lawn or just looking to improve an existing one, please feel free to give us a call. Here is a guide to laying turf which may answer any questions you have before needing to get in touch.
Delivery throughout Manchester, Cheshire, and Derbyshire
We lift all of our turf to order so that it is as fresh as possible. Simply drop by the shop or give us a call on 01457 764686 to order. If it is a small amount, you can collect this yourself, or if delivery is required we can also arrange that for you. We deliver 6 days a week Monday to Saturday but please get in touch to find out about times and deliveries to specific areas.
In our opinion there can be few better times to lay turf than in early September. The two biggest enemies of new turf are frozen winter conditions which make the ground solid, or scorching summer sun which will dry the turf out too quickly. Both are also horrible to have to work in. At this time of year, we have neither of these factors. The weather has cooled and there is enough rain to aid you with keeping the turf watered for the first couple of weeks after it has been laid. Equally, there is enough time for the lawn to establish its roots firmly before winter takes hold.
With the arrival of summer bedding plants comes an injection of colour to our gardens. It signals a time to finally get out in to the garden (if you haven't already!) and start to get those pots and borders in order for what we hope will be a much better summer than the previous one! We always aim to stock a vast array of bedding plants with the idea being to provide a combination of both colour and foliage for pots, baskets and borders. Pansies, Violas, Begonias, Marigolds and Geraniums can provide the colour, and trailing plants such as Lobelia and Ivy can provide the greenery in order to boost the appearance of your basket and trail down.
Where to Plant your Summer Bedding
Bedding plants are extremely versatile in that they can serve a purpose in almost any garden, whatever the situation. Colourful plants such as Pansies look great set in among more established shrubs and perennials in borders. Another perfect use for bedding plants is to be put in to pots. If you have potted shrubs such as a Buxus (box plant) then placing trailing plants and vibrant flowers around the outside of the pot will help to inject a flurry of summer colour.
If you have a paved area then pots of different shapes and sizes filled with bedding plants are a good idea, or even a couple of pots either side of a door or gateway will look great in the summer. Window boxes and troughs look brilliant when planted with bedding. Begonias look especially eye catching, in particular the trailing Begonias which overhang. Trailing Lobelia too will spill over and provide a shower of colour.
Of course, all of the summer bedding plants are frost tender so do keep an eye on the overnight temperature until we are definitely out of the woods. Until then, frost fleece placed over the bedding, or just moving any pots in to a more sheltered spot such as a shed, greenhouse or porch should be fine.
We are open 7 days a week and can provide free local delivery & collection in store.
Our glasshouse is now filled with glorious hanging baskets as well as summer bedding plants! The summer hanging baskets are perfect for adding some natural colour to the entrance of your home. They are also ideal for going out in the back garden on fence posts or next to the door. The hanging baskets are filled to the brim with a wide variety of annuals. They are filled with plants which give height and colour in the middle, and plants which trail over the edge.
Further in to the season after a bit of growth, this helps to provide a huge, full display of both colour and foliage. As well as the mixed summer hanging baskets we also have a selection of other hanging baskets and pots; we have Surfinia Hanging Pots which are a mass of colour, Fuchsia Hanging Pots, smaller mixed pots and Begonia Hanging Pots.
Looking after your hanging basket is easy. The basket will require watering at least every other day during dry periods. In order to really get the best out of the hanging baskets, many people choose to feed them. A multi-purpose feed such as Growmore or Miracle-Gro will do the job perfectly. These will help to improve both foliage and flowers.
Over the years we have provided individual baskets to customers as well as tens of summer hanging baskets to borough councils and associations throughout the Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire areas. We always seem to receive great feedback though wherever they go!
We are open 7 days a week and can provide local delivery.
Buy Seasoned Logs for delivery in our Online Store!
With the winter season (and snow!) upon us, we have ensured that we are well stocked up on winter essentials. Coal, Kindling, and Rock Salt can all be found in abundance down here at Lymefield. Alongside these, we also have our popular seasoned logs – hardwood logs. Our Hardwood Logs are Kiln Dried which ensures they have minimal water content, around 15%. This enables the firewood to burn longer and hotter than logs dried outside.
Seasoned Hardwood Logs
We stock seasoned hardwood logs in small bags, bulk bags & crates (large and small). The small bags are perfect to go alongside a bag of coal or kindling and can be collected from the shop. Our bulk bags & crates of logs will ensure that you have a well-stocked log store, enough to keep the fire going through the winter months! We can deliver these to your door with our own fleet of trucks. Each is equipped with a Hiab lifting arm which enables us to try and get your logs as close to where you need them as possible.
Delivery of Seasoned Hardwood Logs
Our Hardwood logs can be delivered to your door throughout Greater Manchester. All of our winter materials can be found here down at Lymefield in Broadbottom but we can also happily deliver to your home. To order or to find out anything more that you would like to know just give us a call on 01457 764686 or visit our Online Store!
It’s March, and your garden should be starting to show signs of life.
Whether it is snowdrops and crocus, or your sedums shooting, it’s time to start thinking about jobs for the coming season and what projects need starting to get your garden growing. If you’re thinking about your veg plot, what to do with your lawn or your next step in the greenhouse here are a few tips and pointers to jobs that will get you started:
What to do in your garden in early spring
General maintenance such as firming in any newly planted trees and bushes and tying back any branches on trained trees needs to be done now. Lawn Turfis now available and laying a new lawn or just patching an existing lawn should not be a problem as long as the weather permits. Mowing will not be necessary for a few weeks yet, so spend your time scarifying and spiking your lawn. This will improve drainage and the overall quality later in the season.
If you want to make more of your snowdrops, dig them up and divide them. You can also divide perennials in your borders to help them thrive and increase your planting numbers. This is also a perfect time to buy and plant perennials to create stunning flower shows throughout the season. I start to prune roses and give them a feed. Scatter the rose feed on the surface then work it into the soil. You can start to feed the perennials in your borders now also.
What to do in your garden in early spring for vegetable growers
Vegetable growers will be getting busy this month and weather permitting you could sow Broad Beans, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Carrots, Cauliflowers, Leeks, Lettuces, Onions, Parsnips, Peas, Radishes, Spinach, and Turnips outdoors. This does depend on the variety and weather, so choose suitable varieties and use cloches or keep them indoors for a few weeks.
Other things to plant are Rhubarb and Onion/Shallot Sets; just make sure the soil is prepared well before planting. If you have a cold frame, I like to sow herbs to use in planters and window boxes for cooking and storage throughout the year. Pests such as slugs and birds will start to think about your veg soon too so look to net areas where you will grow Brassicas and get your slug pellets and traps at the ready.
Are you thinking of planting fruit this year? If so, now is the time to do it. For a full list of what we stock, information on pollination, and a general guide to our fruit, visit our detailed fruit page. For people with existing fruit, it is a good time to mulch with well-rotted manure or garden. Also, mulch and prune raspberry canes.
What to do in your garden in early spring for your greenhouse
In the greenhouse, you can pinch out the tips of Fuchsias as they start to grow, and sow any half-hardy and tender annuals in heated areas. If you have Dahlia tubers, get them going with some heat and Begonia tubers might need potting up. If you grow veg in the greenhouse, you can sow Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Melons, Aubergines, Peppers, Celery, and Celeriac now. If you have cuttings in the greenhouse pot up any that have rooted. Lastly, remember to water and ventilate carefully as the weather changes and your plants need to change.
Once again a few things for you all to be getting on with, we hope this is helpful and gets you started. For any more information or help on anything don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contactpage.
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