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What Plants to Grow Now

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30/08/2017
What Plants to Grow Now

Now that your garden has been perfectly maintained over Summer, it’s time to think of creating your own growing plants and vegetables. With Autumn fast approaching, we have some ideas on which plants thrive at this time of year. From garden allotments to your own garden patch, Rufford Tree Services have something to suit all interests. So if you’re looking for ‘what plants to grow now’, we have you covered. Let’s take a look…

What Can I Plant at This Time of Year?

If you take pride in your garden, choosing to grow your own fruit and vegetables will be significantly rewarding for you. For all first timers, you needn’t worry about the difficulty of growing your own healthy goods, it simply takes some time and TLC. With tender loving care, your fruit and veg will grow to the best of their ability. And as each season passes, you will be able to practice different types of food and plants. But what is worth growing at this time of year? The most common plants and veg are:

  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries
  • Garlic
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Flower bulbs
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli

For all of your gardening needs across Lancashire, Rufford Tree Services are here to help. We may not be experts in growing, but we have years of experience with gardening. So if it’s advice on weeds, soil or general upkeep you require, we’re at your call.

What Plants to Grow Now

How To Prepare Your Garden For Planting

Planting and growing is a very popular choice of hobby across Lancashire. From the basic vegetables to flowers, to a whole range of goods, it’s really rewarding to taste your own produce. Whether it’s your own lettuce in a salad or the garlic to your pasta dish, completing your meal with homegrown food is amazing. It’s not just about the satisfaction of growing it yourself, but it tastes so much better too!

So you’re set and ready to start planting, but how do you prepare your garden? Whether you’re setting up your own space or dedicating your whole garden, we have advice on where to start. First of all, ensure that your garden is clean and prepared. If you need help with maintenance, know that Rufford Tree Services can help. Our tree surgeons are specialists in garden improvements and maintenance. So regardless of how much work is required, we can help. Call our team today on 01704 821 239 / 07888 843 079 to find out more information.

How to Maintain Your Garden

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21/07/2017
How to Maintain Your Garden

As we approach the best part of Summer, our team would like to release some simple and easy tips on how to maintain your garden. Maintaining and caring for your garden will not only keep it looking glorious in the Summer months, but it will actually save you time if you keep on top of the maintenance on a regular basis. But how exactly can you do this with little effort? Let’s find out…

10 Ways to Keep Your Garden Healthy

If you’re looking for advice on how to keep your garden healthy, Rufford Tree Services have the answer, in fact we have ten! Our team have been helping to maintain gardens across Lancashire for some time now and know of various tips on keeping your garden healthy during all months. Our 10 garden care tips on how to do this are:

  1. Remove all weeds before planting your new bed
  2. Water your flower beds regularly – 1 – 2 times a week
  3. The best time to water grass is 4 – 8am, so try to stick to this watering time
  4. Avoid weeds from growing by planting beds densely to minimise space for weeds
  5. Plant flowers and plants that have good roots – the more roots visible the better!
  6. Clean up any fall or dead leaves
  7. Take care of your soil, grass and flower beds – it’ll pay off!
  8. Inspect plants for any garden pests like Aphids or Beetles
  9. Use fully composted yard waste
  10. Apply the correct fertiliser

Top Tip!

In order to keep your lawn fresh and damage free during the Summer months, avoid cutting it on hot days. Temperatures around and above 26°C encourage the lawn to grow, but it doesn’t need cutting right away. Wait until the grass is standing at about give centimeters as this will protect the grass and the surface underneath from being damage by the sun. Not only that, this will avoid the soil from drying out, and therefore the grass from maintaining a fresh, crisp shade of green.

Get in Touch with Rufford Tree Services

For help maintaining your garden or outside space, choose none other than Rufford Tree Services in Lancashire. Our team have years of experience and are here to help cater to all of your needs. Call our team today to discuss in further detail on how we can help.

Choosing a Tree Surgeon

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09/06/2017
Rufford Tree Services

Few individuals consider employing a surgeon to tender their trees regularly although most people do so as time goes by. Therefore, in case you require work done in relation to trees, whether to be done by an arborist who is hired to cut branches or an arbor culturist who is employed for assessing tree conditions to give mortgage reports, the company to be considered should be reliable, insured, safe and competent, one like Rufford Tree Services. Some of the things to do in order to get the best tree surgeon include:

Getting Written Quotes

Seek for advice from tree surgeons at least three of them and always ask for written quotations from each. Visits at first times are free though you should consider the worthiness of the checks before the surgeons turn up.

Approved by Arboricultural Association

Arboricultural Association is the body charged for promoting caring for amenity trees and it is a directory of contractors approved with lists of consultants registered after meeting recommended standards for experts. The directory is always available on the website or else you communicate with the tree officer in charge of the local authority who have listed recognised and approved tree surgeons in the locality. Acquire quotes from approved contractor by the Arboricultural Association. From research, such quotes are not any expensive and individuals who used such method came up with accurate and detailed assessments of the trees.

Explained Associations

Advertisements in advertising directories as well as in press are accompanied by logos which affiliate tree surgeons with various associations.

Members of Arboricultural Association after five years are subjected to thorough assessments. To add on, they must prove that they use the recommended equipment and have enough insurance.

Another international association, ISA, uses two logos. One logo is used on ordinary members not yet assessed and the other logo for certified members undergoing examinations regularly.

TCIA members which was formerly called Association of National Arborist, undergo no formal examination just before acceptance.

Either way, you should not discount tree surgeons not belonging to either ISA or non-NAA as cost incurred to apply for such might prohibit local and small businesses.

Asking Many Questions

Consider asking so many questions as best and experienced tree surgeons is open to various suggestions and are knowledgeable. Ensure that you understand any inclusion in the quote be it clearing up or stump grinding.

Permission to Plan

Contact the local authority in charge of planning to inquire if it is necessary for a planning permission. If the tree surgeon is good, they will know if it is required but you can use it to test the tree surgeon’s knowledge.

Insurance

While choosing, ensure that the tree surgeon has both insurance on professional indemnity and insurance cover of the third-party. Most a times, not every tree surgeon carries their original documents on policy but that is not supposed to make you discount them as insurance details are always in the quotation written which assures you of cover.

And finally, contact Rufford Tree Services! Our team would be happy to help with all of your tree related needs.

Common Reasons for Tree Felling

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25/05/2017
Tree Felling

As professional tree surgeons, we’re always getting asked questions regarding trees. From ways to maintain your tree to removing it altogether. In this month’s blog post, Rufford Tree Services are going to be focusing on the common reasons for tree felling to help you to decide whether it’s the right method for you.

For a number of reasons, homeowners request to have trees removed. From it taking up too much space with growth or they simply wish for it not to be there. We can’t make the final decision to complete our tree felling service for these homeowners but to help weight up their options. Rufford Tree Services have discovered that some of the most common reasons for tree felling are to simply gain more space and increase visibility of the surroundings. To delve further into these reasons, Rufford Tree Services have used our experience of over 30 years to explain why we complete tree felling across Lancashire.

Tree Felling

Why Do People Choose Tree Felling?

Tree felling is a service in which a tree is removed down to the stump or completely removed. Here, the tree is able to grow again unless the start of the tree has been taken away too. Upon choosing to receive tree felling, you will be able to decide whether or not to keep the tree stump. Depending on the location or severity of the tree, we are happy to provide advice on which action is best.

Some of the most common reasons for choosing tree felling include:

  • To increase garden space
  • To have a better view of the surroundings of the home
  • Roots are becoming an issue
  • The tree has died is diseased
  • If the tree is in the way of construction or structures
  • If the tree is starting to cause damage
  • If the tree is becoming an eyesore
  • Personal choice – some people just want them removed!

Choose Rufford Tree Services

If you’re interested in tree felling for a tree on your property, come to Rufford Tree Services for help. Our team have over 30 years experience in tree removals and are here to help cater to all of your needs. So if you would like to have a tree or trees removed by a team of reputable and reliable tree surgeons, come to Rufford Tree Services today. Our team will be happy to help in whichever way possible. Call us on 01704 821 239 today to receive a tree quote or to discuss your options. We hope to hear from you soon.

Summer Garden Ideas

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21/04/2017
Summer Garden Ideas

Are you looking for some Summer garden ideas for your outside space? Whether it’s finding the right plants for the size of your garden or suitable furniture and accessories, Rufford Tree Services hope that we can help. We have been maintaining and caring for gardens across Lancashire for many years now and have picked up a few tips along the way. From snazzy design ideas to quirky planting, we have a some interesting hints up our sleeve to help make your garden as cool as possible for Summer 2017!

Summer Garden Ideas

Garden Ideas

We have picked out ten of our most favourite ideas to help you to make the most of your garden. With a lot of gardens struggling to stand out or leave an impression, we hope that our ideas will help make your outdoor space more unique than ever.

Our team have put our heads together and came up with some garden ideas to ensure that your garden stands out and looks fantastic. Having worked with a large number of clients over the last 30 plus years, we have picked up some incredible tips on how to decorate your garden. Some of our most favourite ornaments and finishing touches has got to be different ways of planting flowers in various objects. We have seen flowers be planted in pallets, tyres and even in wellington’s!

Rufford Tree Services’s top ten garden ideas for accessorising your garden this Summer are:

  • Pallets for planting flowers
  • Tea cup flowers
  • Incorporate blue, pink, yellow and green
  • Tyres for planting or cool seats
  • Bunting or fairy lights around your fence/gate
  • Solar lights along the walkway of your garden
  • Get the kids involved with painting pots, pebbles or gnomes
  • A swing, they look great at the side of your garden and are super relaxing too
  • Decking with fitted a seating area looks amazing and is ideal for Summer
  • The finishing touch… a BBQ to host your own party to show off your new garden!

Choose Rufford Tree Services for Garden Maintenance

If your garden is in desperate need for some well deserved attention or TLC, look no further than Rufford Tree Services. Our team have over 30 years experience in garden maintenance and are here to help with all of your outdoor related needs. No matter the size of the project, our team are confident that we can help with your garden maintenance and tree felling. Simply get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help improve your outdoor space for Summer. We’d love to help!

Garden Care Tips

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28/03/2017
Garden Care Tips

To help ensure that your outdoor space is wellkept and maintained, Rufford Tree Services have created some garden care tips. We hope that this will help you over Summer to keep your garden looking fresh and well cared for. Whether you’re gardening with a small back garden or a large drive and front lawn, our garden care tips are sure to give you some incentive into working and maintaining your outdoor space.

In this month’s blog post we’re going to be focusing on some garden care tips for homeowners. We’re not going to bewilder you with professional talk, techniques or even equipment, we’re going to keep things simple and achievable. Afterall, your garden will require regular maintenance and attention.

Ten Garden Maintenance Tips

If you’re looking for some help and advice on maintaining your garden, Rufford Tree Services have some easy-to-understand care tips. We have pulled together ten garden maintenance tips to assist you when caring for your garden. Using our skills, experience and knowledge, we have devised ten manageable, realistic tips to help with maintaining your outdoor space. Our ten garden maintenance tips are:

  1. Feed shaded grass areas – pay it more attention
  2. Turnover any mud/soil
  3. Plastic edging to split grass from soil – avoids any over growing
  4. Rake and remove any dead leaves
  5. Mow the lawn when required – don’t let it over grow
  6. Don’t plant any plants with rocks
  7. Stay on top of weeds, removing any when they appear
  8. Fertilise your lawn every 4-5 weeks
  9. Water your lawn during dry weather periods
  10. Flower beds improve appearance

Grass Facts

Did you know, healthy grass is the best weed preventer you can get? The more you keep on top of your lawn, the better quality it will become, meaning less weeds.

Another fact, cutting your grass regularly will help to thicken the grass. By mowing the lawn often, it will make the grass thicker each time (within reason).

Garden Care Tips

Choose Rufford Tree Services

If you don’t have the time or simply prefer not to garden, the team at Rufford Tree Services can take care of your outside space. We regularly maintain several gardens across Lancashire and are always more than happy to take on new business. Simply get in touch with our team 01704 821 239 and we will talk through your options for garden maintenance and care. We hope to hear from you soon.

Reasons to go Camping

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27/02/2017
Reasons to go Camping

How do you plan on spending your Summer holiday? No matter if money’s too tight to go abroad or you like the idea of staying in the UK, we have came up with some pointers as to why camping could be suited to you. We love the great outdoors here at Rufford Tree Services and believe there to be many reasons to go camping this Summer. From getting adventurous and venturing out into the countryside to exploring and being at one with nature, camping is the best route to go down, and here’s why.

14 Reasons to go Camping

To prove that camping is a great holiday break, we have came up with not 5, not 10 but 14 reasons to go camping. They all provide ideas or good reasons as to why you should hit the outdoors and go camping this Summer. These pointers will not only show to you but your friends, partner or family that the outdoors is a wonderful place to enjoy some quality time. Our 14 reasons to go camping this Summer are:

  1. Fresh air
  2. It’s an experience
  3. Children love camping
  4. Family time or alone time with partner
  5. Stargazing
  6. Highly popular for outdoor lovers
  7. Plenty of different ways to exercise and get active
  8. Great quiet time and time to relax
  9. No Service – means no phones so you can get away from reality
  10. Affordable choice for holiday breaks
  11. Learn new skills e.g. fishing, cooking
  12. Long walks
  13. Discover nature
  14. Enjoy counting creatures, animals etc.

Do you think camping is a good idea now? There’s quite obviously so much to do outdoors, from long walks to taking your children out to count all the insects and creatures they can. It can be really fun! And with our blog post offering so many ideas on what to do, this Summer could be one of your best yet. Camping offers so much for everyone involved, both couples and families can enjoy the outdoors in whichever way they prefer and it is a lot cheaper than paying the price of a holiday abroad.

From all of us at Rufford Tree Services, we hope that this article has helped you in deciding whether to stay in the UK this Summer or jet abroad.

Things to do Outside this Weekend

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27/01/2017
Things to do Outside

Welcome to our blog! We hope that good things will come from using a blog to post interesting news online. From things to do outside to tree facts, we have everything covered to not only inform you but teach you some amazing things about nature and trees. For example, did you know that some trees can grow up to 100 metres in height! That’s incredible, imagine the view from the top!

Venturing Outdoors

Within this post we are going to pull together ten interesting ideas of things you can do outside this weekend. From activities to get the children involved to peaceful walks and discoveries (we know you deserve some ‘me time’), we have ten cool ideas to help get you outside and enjoying nature this weekend. Rufford Tree Services know all too well how lovely and pleasant it is to venture out into the woods, fields or even back gardens to take in some fresh air and enjoy the natural scenery.

How do you normally spend your weekend? Perhaps it’s watching films, going out for meals or even shopping, so why not mix things up by stepping out into nature and enjoy the beautiful area around your home? We have some rather interesting ideas to get both you and your family outdoors and taking in some of the most beautiful areas around you. Better still, what we have suggested will cost you very little to partake in and some are absolutely free! Result.

Activities to Enjoy Outside

Whether you’re normally more into socialising or prefer to relax indoors in the warmth, our activities are sure to convert you into an outdoors lover, or even just get you outside into the fresh air more often than now. We would love for you to take in our ideas and try a few out for yourself this weekend. An hour or two outside will be fantastic for your lungs with all of the fresh air and if your exercising whilst doing so, it’ll be even better for your health too!

Our ten favourite ideas for things to do outdoors this weekend are:

  1. Look for animal tracks
  2. Enjoy a peaceful walk with a tea/coffee
  3. Count or tally up as many wildlife/bugs you can find around you
  4. Make a bird cake
  5. Enjoy a stroll along the beach
  6. Go on a pub walk
  7. Count/see the stars
  8. Go on a photowalk – capturing the best photographic shots in your local area
  9. Workout outdoors
  10. Go on a scavenger hunt

What did you think? They’re not too bad are they? Simple things like this are perfect for getting the family together or even enjoying some time to yourself. So venture out to the wonderful outdoors this weekend and give our activity ideas a go. Enjoy and we will be back again next month with some more news or ideas. Have fun!