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Tring, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, 2006/09/14 - Leading designer of imaginative landscape gardens based in Tring, Hertfordshire shares practical ways to help gardens cope with the hotter, drier summers that lead to water shortages in the garden.
Charles Hogarth Landscapes, a leading designer of imaginative bespoke gardens based in Tring, Hertfordshire shares practical ways to help gardens cope with the changing climate. Charles Hogarth Landscapes is an award-winning garden landscaping and maintenance company with over 20 years experience of transforming gardens. It specialises in water features, lighting schemes and irrigation systems and has an experienced and professional garden maintenance, design and build team.
Charles Hogarth Landscapes is an active member of the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL), a national body raising standards for garden landscaping.
Practical ways to help gardens cope with changing climate.
The increasing trend of dry winters followed by hotter, drier summers are leading to water shortages in the garden and many areas are currently experiencing hose pipe bans. In preparation, there are some simple things that can be done to make best use of the scarce water resource and still enjoy the peace and tranquillity that a well kept, thriving garden brings.
Consider the aspect of a garden
If a garden is in full sun for most of the day, or a particularly windy site it may be time to revisit the planting scheme to check its resistance to drought and perhaps make some changes to ensure the right plants are chosen to thrive in the future. Many grey or silver leaved plants and succulent species are cleverly adapted to be drought tolerant, such as lavenders, olive trees, sempervivums and sedums. This gradual change in climate has made available more semi-tropical and Mediterranean plants that previously wouldn't have survived in the UK’s climate. New plantings will need to be well watered until established, when their drought tolerance kicks in. Hedging is also useful for reducing the drying effects of wind.
Improve a garden’s soil
Sandy soils will drain too quickly and lose essential nutrients so add masses of organic matter such as mushroom compost and composted bark to improve its structure and water holding capacity. Clay soils can become baked hard in summer making it near impossible for plants to extract the water. Improve clay soil now by digging in organic compost and about an inch layer of horticultural grit or river washed sand.
Improve garden Irrigation
Overhead watering with sprinklers and hoses is very wasteful, and often doesn't reach the roots of the plants where it is needed. The most practical and economical irrigation system to install is a simple drip line or 'leaky pipe'. It can be woven through flower beds, with 'branches' to reach every plant, delivering the same water pressure at the beginning and the end of the line. It can even be extended to patio pots.
About Charles Hogarth Landscapes
Charles Hogarth Landscapes (charleshogarth.co.uk) is an award-winning designer of imaginative bespoke gardens based in Tring, Hertfordshire. Charles Hogarth Landscapes transforms gardens through its landscaping services that cover the full design, build and maintenance stages of creating a beautiful and practical garden. Charles Hogarth Landscapes has been designing and building quality bespoke gardens for over 20 years and specialises in water features, garden lighting schemes, irrigation systems and creative terraces and timberwork. Charles uses his horticultural expertise and flair for effective planting schemes to create beautiful and original gardens to relax in - each one unique to the owner.
Charles Hogarth Landscapes has an experienced and professional garden maintenance, design and build team covering Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Thames Valley and the Home Counties and is an active member of the Association of Professional Landscapers, a national body raising standards for garden landscaping.