Category: Landscaping

Hambrooks support local Search & Rescue Team

Hambrooks support local Search & Rescue Team

The team at Hambrooks are delighted to support the life-saving work of HM Coastguard by donating two large planters to their base at Solent Airport Daedalus. The planters will provide some welcome cheer to greet everyone arriving at the building.

The evolution of a garden

The evolution of a garden

Almost 20 years since we built it, we had the chance to take a photographer back to a garden we designed and maintain. See how it has grown.

Seven great uses for gravel or chippings in your garden

Seven great uses for gravel or chippings in your garden

Decorative aggregates – commonly known as gravel or stone chippings – have multiple uses in every garden. Here are our recommendations.

The benefits of ground cover plants

The benefits of ground cover plants

Ground cover plants are versatile and hardy but often under-rated. Here are six great reasons you should think again about ground cover.

Time to think again about conifers

Time to think again about conifers

National Conifer Week is an ideal occasion to spotlight the remarkable attributes of conifers in our gardens.

What to plant in July – Hemerocallis and Echinacea

What to plant in July – Hemerocallis and Echinacea

Hemerocallis and Echinacea are two flowers that can add both height and colour to our gardens in July. Here’s our guide to them both.

Looking after your garden while you’re away – ten tips

Looking after your garden while you’re away – ten tips

Going on holiday? Worried how your garden will survive without you? Don’t worry – we’ve got some tips and advice to keep to blooming!

Caring for your garden in dry weather

Caring for your garden in dry weather

hosepipe on grass
bottle waterer
dog watering
shaded greenhouse

Gardening in changing climates poses challenges for us gardeners, including hot summers and hosepipe bans. Nature struggles to adapt as global temperatures and weather patterns are changing at pace.

To help nature cope, we can implement a dry weather plan and design gardens that will cope with, and hopefully thrive in, arid conditions.

 

Preparation is key.

  • Collect rainwater by installing multiple water butts in your garden or outdoor space.
  • Create bottle waterers by repurposing plastic bottles to provide direct watering aid for thirsty plants.
  • Mulching with organic materials keeps soil cool, retains water, and prevents weed growth.
  • Cluster pots together to simplify watering and create a moist micro-climate.

During dry spells

  • Keep a keen eye for signs of thirsty plants and implement your dry weather plan.
  • Allow your lawn to grow slightly taller, providing shade and retaining moisture around the roots.
  • Prioritize watering needy plants, such as pots and hanging baskets, newly planted shrubs and trees, and herbaceous plants.
  • Water early in the morning or late in the evening to reduce evaporation.
  • Utilize grey water from showers and dishwashing, ensuring it’s cooled before use.
  • Remove weeds that compete for moisture.
  • Shade greenhouses to prevent excessive drying.

After a drought

  • Firstly, rejoice! Rain rejuvenates your garden. Fork over the soil to break up any crust that has formed and help rainwater penetrate.
  • Take note of plant performance to inform future decisions, such as relocating plants to shadier areas.
  • Learn from the experience and make additional preparations for the next dry spell.
  • Consider designing a garden suited to arid conditions to adapt to the changing climate while still keeping it beautiful.  (You can find our tips on planning a drought tolerant here).