November Blog


The end of the second national lockdown is on the horizon and November is drawing to a close. Elmtree have been busy despite the restrictions, of course following the guidance given and implementing site rules outlined by our clients.

Our normal work operations have continued whilst we have remained COVID safe. This month we were extremely excited to announce that we have been awarded the landscaping and fencing contract for Phase 1 of the unique Brabazon development.

The Brabazon project

Brabazon neighbourhood is under construction at Filton airfield and will eventually have 2,675 homes, 62 acres of employment space, three new schools, a public park, health centre and retail and leisure facilities. This is a fantastic new development for Elmtree to be working on as Brabazon is set to become “Bristol’s best-connected new neighbourhood” and “the new playground for Bristol’s next generation”.

Elmtree are currently very busy procuring the trees for the site and will have a busy winter planting them out. This development is only ten minutes from our main office which means we can manage the contract closely.

Bellway Homes

November also saw us began the landscaping of the show homes at Bellway Homes in Pirton Fields, Churchdown. The project is almost complete and we can’t wait to get some photos of the site to show you. We are due to start landscaping another Bellway Show Area at Millbrook in Brockworth too and are very keen to get our photographer on site so we can get some photos of the works. As well as this we have been working on one of our Crest Nicholson sites, Gloucester Quays where we have been busy planting three apartment blocks.

Leaf clearing
Pile of leaves

Most of our seasonal grass cutting maintenance contracts have come to a close now, although some sites we are still giving a light cut as weather is fairly mild so there is some growth. We are busy clearing leaves and moss on many sites and have planted thousands of Spring flowering bulbs in the last month which we are very much looking forward to seeing come into flower.

As the temperatures dropped last week we had a urgent gritting to Strawberry Gardens, Yatton. We even had the boss out on the tools which was fantastic.

Strawberry field yatton site
Strawberry field yatton

So what’s next for your garden in December?

December is a good month to carry out any repairs and maintenance jobs that have been building up during the year. The weather is much cooler and crisper now but sunny, clear days can still be quite pleasant. Its worth wrapping up warm and having a lovely walk or a day in the garden protecting plants and pruning back for the winter.

Keep your eyes pealed for bright berries, winter stems giving off a festive glow and of course the Christmas red robin.

Robin on branch

Things to do:

  • Feed birds during the cooler weather.
  • Prevent ponds, water features and bird baths from freezing over
  • Repair lawns, shed and fences when the weather allows
  • Prune woody ornamental plants, fruit trees and bushes. Wisteria, fruit trees, roses and Japanese maples are just some of the plants that benefit from a winter prune.
  • Winter flowering house plants will need attention
  • Avoid walking on your lawn when it is covered by heavy frost or snow, as this damages the grass.
  • If it’s a mild winter, continue to cut the lawn if it’s growing, but raise the height of the mower blades.
  • Spike lawns with a garden fork to improve drainage and aeration.
  • Keep clearing leaves off the lawn to let the light in and prevent dead patches appearing.

 

Now is a good time for repairing fences, trellises, pergolas, etc., replacing any loose posts or any that might be rotting at the base before they collapse which could cause a lot of damage

During the winter months plants should be watered sparingly so as to prevent water-logging and rotting.

Frost patch on grass

Last chance to:

Protect plants and pots that are venerable to frost damage

Insulate garden taps and exposed pipes to stop them freezing

Bring in Christmas flowering bulbs for flowering

 

Get ahead:

  • Sow pelargonium seeds undercover
  • Sow some early crops under cover for the first plants to put out in the new year