Spiral Tree Guards – How to Use

Spiral Tree Guards – How to Use
Spiral tree guards are priceless for protecting young sapling trees against damage from a number of wild mammals including rabbits & hares. By using tree protection spirals you can save a lot of money and hardship. Spiral tree guards are simply long coiled plastic strips that are wound around the lower stems of young trees. ...

Christmas tree growing update

Christmas tree growing update
We are surely late this year but in the last week our team of dedicated volunteers were back in the fields and tending to our crop of Christmas trees. It is year three now of our crop and so we are a full 4 years away from the first harvest and our first opportunity to ...

Rubber Tree Ring Mats

Rubber Tree Ring Mats
Trees are the real givers in any garden, they sit quietly over the years as they mature into specimen plants as they reach higher into the skies. They offer height in the garden, they are home to many important insect species, they provide colour and shelter and act as a sound barrier and wind break. ...

Apple Trees for Cider Production

Apple Trees for Cider Production
Yummy cider and on a summers day! Truly nothing else can surpass that. Well what about your own homemade cider on a summers day? Cider production in Ireland is going through a mini revolution and we at the garden shop want to do our bit and help you choose the best and juiciest varieties of ...

Why Use a Tree Stake

Why Use a Tree Stake
The wind is back and if you haven’t staked your trees by now, then they are most certainly looking to worst for wears. February is also a windy time of the year as warm and cold fronts meet off the Atlantic coast The strength of the wind is determined by: The variation in pressure between ...

Plant Profile – Whitethorn (Crataegus Monogyna)

Plant Profile - Whitethorn (Crataegus Monogyna)
Crataegus Monogyna Common Name: Whitethorn,  Hawthorn, May Flower, May Blossom SEE IMAGES OF WHITETHORN: Whitethorn Shape & Size Final Height:  800cm Final Spread:  600cm Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate Type:  Informal Hedge / Medium Tree Habit Low Spreading Tree / Irregular canopy shape Whitethorn Features: Foliage: Deciduous Colour:  Glossy green in spring, turning deeper in ...

Plant Profile: Fagus sylvatica (Green Beech)

Plant Profile: Fagus sylvatica (Green Beech)
Fagus sylvatica Common Names: Green Beech, Common Beech, Beech Hedging Beech Shape & Size: Final Height: 2500cm (varies greatly with environment) Final Spread: 1500cm Growth Rate:  Moderate Type: Stately Tree / Formal Hedge Habit: Broad Spreading Tree SEE IMAGES OF BEECH & BEECH HEDGING: Beech Features Foliage: Semi evergreen, develop out of narrow pointed winter ...

The (Tree) Stakes Have Been Raised With Our Windy Weather

The (Tree) Stakes Have Been Raised With Our Windy Weather
A new season and more weather woos for the Irish gardener. The frost of course isn’t behind us but a new battle has begun in the garden. The move away from the cold winter days and the arrival of milder weather brings with it strong and sometimes gale force winds. Windy weather can cause severe ...

HowtoGarden.ie – Welcome

HowtoGarden.ie - Welcome
HowtoGarden.ie is an online resource for gardeners in Ireland.   Over the coming months and years we will be covering such topics as growing flowers, trees, fruit and your own vegetables.   We will also be providing free information on how to maintain your plants, trees, shrubs and lawns along with invaluable tips on tool maintenance and ...