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Tree Planting in the Knowle with Councillor Kelvin Dent
Tree Planting in the Knowle with Councillor Kelvin Dent

TREE WEEK 16-21st APRIL 2018

All events FREE
MONDAY 16th at 2pm Guided walk on a Tree Trail
TUESDAY 17th at 2pm Cafe Scientifique Kennaway House. illustrated talk by Ed Dolphin Sidmouths Global Skyline 
WEDNESDAY 18th at 2pm Guided walk on a Tree Trail 
THURSDAY 19th at 7.30pm Kennaway House talk from Jill Butler, Woodland Trust Ancient Trees of East Devon and Sid valley 
FRIDAY 20th at 2pm Guided walk on a Tree Trail Kevin Croucher, Thornhayes Nursery 
SATURDAY 21th Family activities tba Visits to private trees: map from TIC

Tips for April and May

After the cold, wet weather at the end of February, any new planting in March will have had a set back, so check the stakes and ties on trees, and check shrubs for wind rock when the gales of March, if they arrive, have shaken the roots of the shrub. It is usually sufficient to firm the soil with your boot.

Hedges can be shaped and made bushier by taking secateurs to the middle twigs, this should encourage new shoots to fill the middle of a hedge. Late flowering shrubs such as buddleia and hydrangea can be pruned back, hard in the case of buddleia and for hydrangea take out a few of the older stems to ground level and prune back the tips to a strong pair of buds to keep a tidy shape.

The excitement of spring is blossom: apples and pears should lighten our days, and of course hawthorn will blossom in May. To get the best from your fruit trees check out Thornhayes Nursery
for pruning guide lines and local courses and for planning your autumn planting now!  


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