You can read in this newspaper article what a devastating effect having the weed in your garden can cause here
certificate and who is licensed with the Environment Agency to carry waste.
The Environment Agency have produced a code of practise for dealing with Knot Weed and you can read it here
Garden Chief have all the necessary paperwork to deal with your knotweed so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you think you have a weed problem.
Here at Garden Chief we do love the vibrancy of a poppy, whether it is a self seeder found growing wild or a carefully placed, beautiful ornamental, each has its place in our English landscape.
However this blog post is about a rather more unusual poppy – Papaver Somniferum, the medicinal lilac morphine poppy. Thanks to the glorious summer sun that we have been lucky to have had so far this year there has been a bumper crop and it can be seen growing in abundance across Dorset, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire
At last flowering plants can get some sun and get on with producing flowers, during dry spells please don’t forget to water hanging baskets and pots daily.
All bedding plants should be outdoors now after hardening off. Keeping the greenhouse cool is a bit of a nightmare when it’s as hot as this, i use plastic mesh that you can buy specially for the job off ebay or your local garden centre.
On June 12-16 the NEC in Birmingham will play host to BBC Gardeners’ World Live. As well as show gardens
It’s nearly the Bank holiday here in Cannock and summer has arrived. This week has been very busy for Gardenchief fulfilling new contracts for the new season.
I have taken on a new member of staff this week which has been a revelation to me, a case of having to due to due to my workload.
Anyone out there needing quotes for work will need to book early and i’ll do my best to accommodate your needs.
Last year my tulips were in full flower by the end of April – we
Well here in Cannock most of the snow has gone but the temperature is still struggling. I have been cutting grass where there’s no snow. Lichfield seems to have suffered less than many areas, Burntwood where my parents live has had huge amounts, and is still lying.
But looking at the forecast for next week it looks a little better, roll on Spring!
At 11.02 GMT today the sun crosses the Equator.
And, for the next six months, the days will be longer than the nights. Spring has sprung and we can finally banish the winter blues.
Well, that’s the theory.
In practice, however, the nation continues to shiver beneath several layers of clothing, very little is growing in the ground and our weather forecasts continue to warn of ice, snow and severe wind-chill.
The statistics are even more sobering. So far, March 2013 has been colder than both this winter’s December and January.
The average temperature (day
Well strictly speaking this isn’t my first, but it’s the first time i’ve mowed ours this year.
The crocuses on our deck at Gardenchief Towers came out as i was mowing, took them about 40 minutes to appear. As our garden is South facing it was lovely and warm with a real glimpse of Spring!
I also re-covered my trailer and added a new roof cap and some signs, it’s so nice to get out there in my t-shirt again.
Next week i’ll be up Cannock Chase again on another course, City and
Indeed yesterday i passed my CS38 City and Guilds assessment, this enables me to climb trees professionally and to be insured to do it.
As part of the assessment i need to prove i can perform aerial rescue to aid fellow tree climbers that may have an injury, i passed this competently
I can now carry out tree work in the local Cannock area and beyond
At the end of this month i’m starting my CS39 training and hope to pass this too.
It seems that here in South Staffs the weather has turned very mild indeed. It has been up to 12 degrees and very much ‘t-shirt’ weather for me.
I have noticed too that my lawn is growing at a fair old pace which is unusual for this time of year.
Scientists say that until recently, the chilly average winter temperature of under 5 degrees c kept lawns dormant until March. But milder weather between November and February has allowed grass to thrive, leading to an unseasonable surge in sales of mowers