16 Mar 2017

Problems with Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is not something you want to discover in your garden as it can be extremely difficult to remove and control. It’s worth knowing what to look for so that you can act quickly if you discover it growing on your land or on your neighbour’s property. A recent court case between Network Rail and homeowners in South Wales who claimed their properties were being adversely affected by the plant resulted in Network Rail being ordered to pay compensation to the householders, although this is currently being reviewed.

The plants can grow extremely quickly, up to 30 cm in 14 days reaching a height of 7.1 m. The shoots  appear in the spring and die back in the autumn. It spreads rapidly and overwhelms other plants, the root system can spread up to 7m and 3m deep. Controlling the plant can be difficult and lengthy. Care should be taken if digging out the plant as the smallest piece of rhizome left will take root and thrive and it is illegal to add any roots or cuttings to your garden waste collection. The plants need to be disposed of by a licensed waste carrier. Professional companies such as Gardenscapes offer landscaping throughout West Sussex and are well aware of the drawbacks of this particular plant and can advise you on the best method of removal.

 

25 Jan 2017

Taking care of our Environment

Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London has embarked on his ambition to turn London into one of the greenest cities in the world by investing £175,000 into his plan to plant 42,000 across the city, a small proportion of his stated aim to plant 2,000,000 trees.

At present the pollution in the UK’s capital is unacceptable with pollution levels reaching the annual limit within the first week of the New Year! Air pollution is thought to be responsible for the premature death of 40,000 people annually.

Khan said: “I want London to be one of the world’s greenest cities which is why I’ve prioritised this funding to kick-start the delivery of thousands of new trees and to protect and enhance our much-loved green spaces.

Trees improve our environment and help clean up our toxic air, so despite inheriting no budget from my predecessor, I have worked fast to start a new planting programme and deliver the first batch of more than 40,000 saplings this winter.

This is the first step in my plans for a major tree-planting programme across London in partnership with businesses and boroughs. I remain fully committed to ensuring that hundreds of thousands of new trees are planted over the next four years.”

A similar scheme is underway in Manchester where they plan to plant three million trees over the next 25 years, City of Trees director Tony Hothersall commented “In terms of health… woodlands can do great things in terms of air pollution reduction… can help to screen for noise pollution. They can also help cities and towns become more resilient to climate change both in terms of things like reducing the urban heat island effect and also reducing things like risk from surface water flooding.”

It is clear that tree planting can help to improve our environment and anyone that has space can help by planting a tree or trees. If you are planning to incorporate some trees into your new or existing garden, consult experienced landscape contractors in Surrey, Gardenscapes , based in Horley and Billinghurst are experts in landscape design.

21 Jul 2016

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We currently have openings for top performing leaders who will lead a crew of 2-3 people, installing custom landscapes from start to finish. We offer year round employment to our key players, plus competitive wages and OT over 8hrs/day, based on an average of 40hrs/week.

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