Category Archives: Wildlife

The art of maintaining large gardens and estates

‘My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece’ – Claude Monet.

Like sitting down to an easel, walking into a large garden, tools in hand, you may wonder where and how to start your masterpiece. Our approach to garden care takes into account the needs of large gardens and estates, as well as those of smaller domestic properties. Our Landscape Supervisor, Sasha Fraser, explains our approach.

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Sasha, our Landscape Gardening Supervisor, on the ride on mower.

2020 – a year like no other

‘There is no education like adversity’ Benjamin Disraeli

Without a doubt 2020 has been one of the most challenging years for us all. Yet, despite all the obstacles that came our way, and with a bit of creativity, GreenArt will end the year on a high with some notable achievements. Our clients have needed their gardens more than ever this year and our employees have wanted to keep working, so we feel we’ve done our bit to keep spirits up and the local economy going.

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compost bins

Keep Calm and Compost on!

Recently the Design & Build Team put in some compost bays in one of the gardens we care for in Aston Tirrold. If you currently have more time on your hands, why not start your own compost bin? Here’s everything you need to know about composting. Remember…Keep Calm and Compost on!

I’m a big advocate of garden-based composting so I apologise in advance as I climb up on top of my compost heap to preach its’ virtues!

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A Very Hungry Caterpillar

When you saw the title of this blog, you may have thought you were about to read a review of the Eric Carle picture book, however, I would instead like to talk to you about a garden pest which we are starting to see increased infestations of locally. (If this were a film, this is the bit where the music would be building up to a Dun, Dun, Derrr….) The Box Moth ‘Cydalima Perspectalis’.

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Winter is coming. Spare a thought for the wildlife in your garden.

A few weeks ago, Tim and I were planting up a mixed hedge of pretty-much full-size trees to replace a Leylandii hedge for a lovely couple in Benson. When the client was explaining the reason behind the job, Tim and I stood aghast; the hedge (belonging to the neighbouring property) had been removed without warning by developers who were building new houses in the field next door. Our client had literally walked out into his garden one morning to find he no longer had a 20ft hedge screening his garden from the neighbouring field.

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Bee Kind

Bee kind…

The careful insect ‘midst his work I view,

ow from the flowers exhaust the fragrant dew,

With golden treasures loads his little thighs,

And steer his distant journey through the skies.

(John Gay, Rural Sports)

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Feeling hot, hot, hot…

Whilst August brought our gardens much needed rain after the longest heat wave on record since 1976, September is proving to be unseasonably warm and dry. As the amount of water our plants need increases, so does the scarcity of water and this is only set to worsen over the coming years. Scientists predict that due to climate change, the risk of extreme heatwaves is increasing across the world.

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