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Rootstocks Explained

Rootstocks are essentially used to control certain aspects or features of fruit trees such as size, hardiness and disease resistance. They have other specific influences such as winter hardiness, early yield, good fruit size, phytophora and collar rot resistance, replant disease tolerance and mildew and woolly aphid resistance. The one thing they all have in common is that they produce ...
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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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Exciting Arrivals at Johnstown

This week we got some beautiful new arrivals in the form of large outdoor Bonsai Trees! An excellent addition to really make your garden stand out!       Extremely slow growing and low maintenance plant. A stunning feature tree for a Japanese style oriental garden or courtyard. Trim in late spring each year to maintain shape Requires full sun. …

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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 …