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Eugene Higgins - Hedging, Plants & Hanging Baskets!

Thursday, 6 April 2006

EUGENE HIGGINS - HEDGING, PLANTS & HANGING BASKETS!

Eugene talks us through a wide variety of hedging, plants an unusually shaped hanging basket and as usual has three Top Tips.

Top Tips
. "Hey it look's dead". Certain plants may look like their on their last legs during winter but actually they're just taking a break".
. Allow Daffodils and other bulbs to have six weeks of growing time after flowering before you remove the leaves. You can dig up and relocate carefully.
. Place used teabags in the bottom of hanging baskets before adding compost. They make an excellent fertiliser and retains the water.

Hedges
Now is a good time to start thinking hedging, as it is spring. A hedge makes a superb living screen and becomes more beautiful with the passage of time compared to a wooden fence or screen that will eventually deteriorate.
Hedges also help to prevent traffic noise and pollution.
Hedges also require a bit of patience as plants take several years to form a well established screen but in the long run you will have a very attractive boundary.
. Common - Privet, Griselinia, Laurel - € 6.95
. Coastal - Olearia - €7.95
. Small - Box hedging-Boxus Sempervirens - € 9.95 
. Amazing - Camelia - € 13.95
. Flowering - Escallonia and Viburnum - € 7.95 
. Traditiona - Beech- Fagus Sylvatica  - €25.00

Hanging Baskets
The Spring Basket, is a very trendy pyramid basket, to bridge gap to summer baskets. This shape also holds more water for longer so is especially good for use during the dryer, summer months.
. 2 Bacopas - € 4.95
. 3 Ivy's - € 3.95
. 1 Heather - € 6.30
. 2 Violas's - € 4.95
. 1 Basket - € 9.95
. 1 Diosma - €5.95
. Tipland Organic Compost

Privet Laurel Beech & Olearia supplied by
Mackeys Garden Centre,
Castlepark Road,
Sandycove,
Co. Dublin.
Ireland.
Phone 353 1 2807385
Fax 353 1 2841922
Email info@mackeys.ie

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