Back To Work

Work has really picked up for us this month and we now have most of the Elmtree team back in work. It seems as time goes by that the Building Industry is gaining confidence and we are trying new ways of getting more people back on site. We even have some of our landscaping team working across the Grounds Maintenance department to assist during this busy period. We are of course taking all the extra precautions necessary to ensure safety including PPE, fogging vehicles and a maximum of 2 people per vehicle.

So what have we been busy with!? We have been planting lots of summer bedding on various client sales areas and replacing mangers and hanging baskets ensuring that the sites look vibrant. The grounds maintenance team are out every day ensuring all sites are well looked after, grass freshly cut and hedges and pruned to keep sites looking smart.

The sales area of a site we are working on at Blackberry Hill has also been upgraded and refreshed.  We have selected a few photos for you to view here but keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page to see the finished project.

images credits to Jack Fleming

As most of you will know, giving back is so important to us at Elmtree and as part of our social responsibility, we try to do what we can to help. We were able to join forces with a team of amazing partners and donated a selection of materials for the creation of a wellbeing garden for the University Hospitals Bristol – BRI. Staff and patients from dementia, stroke, cardiac and ICU wards will now be able to enjoy this tranquil garden, with peaceful and restorative views of nature around the winding path which is now wheelchair accessible.

Not only that but it is an exciting time for us at the moment with more work planned at BRI Hospital. We can’t reveal all just yet but watch out for further updates on our Facebook page.

The Wild Place Project reopened its doors on 19th June and they have introduced timed tickets and a strictly limited number of tickets each day to ensure the safety of all. Remember if you want to visit it is now essential to pre-book including Annual Pass Holders.

This month we also ran a competition for a bit of fun and for our way to show a bit of kindness by challenging our Facebook audience to “Beat The Boss” for a chance to receive a donation of up to £250 to a charity of their choice! The skipping challenged was lots of fun and we had a fantastic response with great entries. Thank you to all that took part. We were pleased to announce Lestyn our winner who managed a staggering 430 skips and a donation of £250 was made to MS Trust Charity on his behalf. If you don’t already, follow us on Facebook so you can take part in future competitions and see our regular updates. We have plenty more exciting things planned over the course of July and by following us on Facebook you will be the first to see all of our updates.

You can view the winner’s video in the comments here

As we end June and move into July here are our top tips for the month ahead.

July Top Tips for your garden:

The July garden will be looking great by now (in theory!) and the garden should reach its peak for the year during this month. Earlier sowed plants and vegetables will be flourishing. Although there is always plenty to be doing in the garden be sure to enjoy the long summer evenings.

Things to do:

  • Remove weeds regularly.  It’s easier to spend a few minutes each day removing small weeds than letting them overgrow your beds.
  • Ensure birds have water in dry and hot spells.
  • Mulch beds to reduce weeds, conserve water and provide a neat top-dress.
  • Water as needed, particularly new and young plants.
  • Set supports for floppy plants, vines and vegetables.
  • Finish planting summer annual flowers for season-long colours. Consider adding a few container gardens, if you have areas that need a spot of colour.
  • Deadhead roses, as they finish blooming, fertilize roses after full bloom.
  • Prune any plants with dead, diseased, crossing or weak branches.
  • Prune hydrangea bushes, prune any dead branches protruding from new growth.
  • Prune evergreens and evergreen hedges to control their size.
  • Plant autumn flowering bulbs.
  • Mow the lawn regularly and keep blades at a height of 2 ½” to 3 inches. To keep a lawn growing actively, it needs about one inch of water per week. Use a rain gauge to measure accurately. We often get asked how often should I cut my grass? Ideally, weekly is best. If you only cut fortnightly, it can allow some weed and coarser grasses to grow through. Weekly keeps the lawn finer and more free of weeds.
  • It is not too late to direct sow some flowers like poppies, zinnias, marigolds, cosmos, sunflowers, or nasturtium. They all grow very fast and you will be enjoying flowers this summer.
  • Harvest any home grown produce and use in delicious home cooked meals.