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How to lay turf

Here at Lymefield, we have grown our own turf for over 12 years, and as such have become keen experts on the practice of developing and maintaining a tidy lawn.

We now grow turf on 5 different sites all within a half mile radius of our Garden Centre here in Broadbottom, most here at Lymefield itself, and have a constant demand which sees us venturing out every night of the week in order to lift turf fresh for the following morning's orders and deliveries.

Right on the county border of Cheshire and Derbyshire, we find ourselves in a unique position as turf growers.

It is around this time of year that we become busier and busier with willing customers looking to lay that perfect lawn so here we'll provide a few handy tips on getting it right the first time:

– Firstly, it is important to remember that preparation is probably the most important part of getting your lawn off to a good start.

You need to be laying your newly cut turf on to good quality top soil (which we can also supply). – The area needs to be well compacted – if there's an area of top soil that is loose or soft, your turf will follow suit once it is on top of it.

– Once a firm level area has been attained, the surface of the top soil would benefit from being raked through, so as to leave it fine and without any large clumps. – Have a box of Bone Meal handy, and before laying each roll apply a light dusting on the area about to be covered. This will aid root development and thus allow the turf to take hold quicker. – Once turf laying commences, have a flat plank of wood handy in order to help compact and firm the turf down.

– Overlap edges and use a sharp knife to cut away the excess.

– Once the turf is fully laid, be sure to water it. Unless it is raining severely for a number of days, newly-laid turf needs to be watered around twice daily for at least 2 weeks. This is until it knits in, roots itself down, and can become self-sufficient, although remember that in drier seasons, grass will still need watering.

We are cutting ourLymefield turf now, please visit ourTurf page for further information and happy turfing!

Here is our Turf Harvester hard at work!

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Your Garden In Early Spring

Your garden in early spring


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 Turf is 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 contact page.

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Logs Delivery Manchester

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!

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Bedding Plants Manchester

Manchester Bedding Plants Cheshire Bedding Plants

Summer Bedding Plants have arrived!

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.

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What should I do in my garden in November?

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.

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Which Type of Hedging Is Best For Me?

Lymefield Garden Centre Manchester Hedging

A Guide To Choosing The Right Hedging

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.

Bamboo Manchester Garden Centre Lymefield Hedging


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.

Buxus Hedging Manchester Garden Centre Lymefield


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.

Shade Again

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.

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Logs Glossop Delivery

Free Local Delivery of logs available for orders Online!

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

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Delivering to Manchester and Beyond

Our Delivery Service is based here at Lymefield Garden Centre, we find ourselves in a spot that sits right on the border of Cheshire and Derbyshire. Sat at the foot of the village of Broadbottom and only 2-3 miles away from the town of Glossop.

We are extremely lucky that we can offer such a pleasant, rural location and yet be on one of the main roads that link to the M67. We are also only being a 20-minute train journey away from Manchester if you’re traveling from Broadbottom station.

We supply many of the areas around us on a daily basis with all sorts of items from turf to trees, all different types of aggregates, topsoil, bark, and kiln-dried logs. Plus our Farm Shop sends out our local produce to homes with our Farm Shop Delivery service.

We find that we are supplying areas such as Glossop, Hyde, Stalybridge, Marple, and Denton on a daily basis, and this is in no small part thanks to the many landscapers & customers that now trust us to supply their goods.

At Lymefield, we provide delivery on Garden centre purchases of over £35 to addresses within a local radius for a £4 delivery charge and can usually offer to do it within 24 hours. There is a £4 charge for Farm Shop deliveries to the local area for orders over £25.

We now have a small, recognisable fleet of trucks that you will often see on the road, and our distinctive orange builder’s bags now adorn many driveways in the area. It is often surprising to us though how many people travel from further afield just to visit!

As well as having customers passing through from Weymouth, Scotland, Wales, London and more, we ourselves have made deliveries to areas such as Huddersfield and Holmes Chapel, which for us is a fair old trip! Our courier service also provides nationwide deliveries for all our pallet items including topsoil, paving, manure & decorative gravels.

We regularly find ourselves in Manchester and the heart of both Cheshire and Derbyshire which is a testament to the reach a small local business can have.

We now have over 20 years as a business, and we hope that we continue to be able to supply the surrounding areas in such a manner for many years to come.