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Garden centres stocking up for a record Easter

Garden product makers are getting ready for a record Easter – as gardeners rush to fix plots that have been battered by a winter of storms. Garden centres are expecting…

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Sweet chestnut trees hit by killer fungus

Another tree disease is threatening to wipe out one of Britain’s most treasured species. Arboriculture experts are calling for a ban on imported sweet chestnut trees – to halt the…

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Wet winter will lead to big plant losses

Gardeners face forking out a fortune to replace plants that have rotted during the wet winter. Experts warned that trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants may fail to spring into life,…

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Gardeners will pay for ash tree death

Gardeners could be hit with bills of up to £1,000 for removal of trees hit by ash dieback. Experts say the disease (Chalara fraxinea), which threatens to wipe out Britain’s…

Gardeners are likely to face restrictions on hosepipes this spring

Hosepipe bans to hit ‘by Easter’

Gardeners in the south are on track for the worst water shortages since the summer of 1976 – while those in the north face the risk of flooding. The north-south…

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Garden centres show green shoots of recovery

Garden centres have continued to buck High Street gloom, with retail experts predicting that interest in grow-your-own will remain strong this year. The Horticultural Trades Association said UK garden centre…

Smartphone user Toby Buckland is putting QR codes on his Planting Powder

A smarter way to shop

A technology revolution will change the way gardeners shop for plants and products. Hi-tech barcodes, called ‘QR’ codes (quick response), are appearing on items from plant pots to fertiliser and…

Gardeners are spending less on their plots

Garden spending spree goes to seed

The High Street’s economic woes have started to hit garden centres, with the first indicator that the fashion for grow-your-own is running out of steam. After a spring bonanza, which…