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Water Gardening is easier than you think…

At Johnstown we love love love water gardening and especially love customers who want to create their own piece of watery magic in their garden. Water gardens really come alive in Summer and are great for attracting all sorts of wildlife like birds, bees and frogs to your own little haven. There are several different types of water gardens but …

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Things to do in October

  Rake up fallen leaves and pile them to make leafmould. Continue clearing the garden and bin or burn anything displaying fungal infection. Dig over empty areas of soil and make new lawns from turf. Tidy ponds of any leaf matter and remove pumps for the winter. Finish planting evergreen shrubs and take hardwood cuttings from all the shrubs and …

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Robbery @ Johnstown

This day 10 years ago, we opened our new store at Johnstown Garden Centre , marking the occasion with the installation of our beautiful “Wishing Tree Fountain” . People loved it and started making wishes by the 1000! Over €19000 has been raised for charities to date. This morning on this special anniversary we discovered that it had been vandalised …

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Things to do in September

THINGS TO DO IN SEPTEMBER Start clearing Autumn debris to prevent pests and diseases overwintering. Net ponds to keep out falling leaves Sow or turf new lawns and scarify and aerate established ones. Move evergreen shrubs and stop feeding trees and shrubs in containers. Take hardwood cuttings from roses that you wish to propagate for flowering next Autumn. Begin dividing overgrown …

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Fun, Easy DIY Projects to do over Spring

MAKE YOUR OWN SEED BOMBS Seed bombs are best, and the most fun, when thrown into neglected roundabouts, flowerbeds and planters-anywhere that needs an extra splash of colour! Seed bombing is best done in spring and autumn. Or, time your attack to coincide with heavy rainfall. YOU WILL NEED A cup of compost A cup of clay (dig it up …

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Let’s Celebrate Tree Week 2015

Trees and wildlife You probably knew that trees were good for wildlife, but did you know just how good? For example, the common English Oak (Quercus robur) can support hundreds of different species, including 284 species of insect and 324 taxa (species, sub-species, and varieties) of lichens living directly on the tree. These in turn provide food for numerous birds …

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Early colour for February

Hunting Brook Gardens, one of Ireland’s best loved contemporary gardens, is neatly tucked into the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, close to Blessington village (on the Dublin side). Lovingly created by Jimi Blake, the gardens are an extraordinary rich and multi-layered experience. Check out the website to get a better visual appreciation of this wonderful garden. This month Johnstown has invited Jimi …