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How to compost

How easy is it to make your own compost? Why make it? What can you put on a compost heat? We answer all these questions, and more, in our 'How to compost' blog.

Posted on 29 June 2022 by Rolawn

When is the best time to sow seeds?

In this guest blog, we consider when is the optimum time to sow seeds to be most productive.

Posted on 11 May 2022 by Rolawn

Thrifty gardening - the art of saving time and money while helping the environment and enjoying your garden

In our latest blog, our guest author shares her tips for saving time and money in the garden - many of which have the additional benefit of being kind to environment too.

Posted on 11 May 2022 by Rolawn

Gift your garden goodies at Christmas

Have you got a glut of garden produce that you’re struggling to use or give away? We’ve put together a summary of our favourite ways to preserve some of the crops we often find ourselves overrun with – and they make delightful gifts for loved ones.

Posted on 24 August 2021 by Rolawn

Daily outdoor exercise – how changing your thinking can keep you motivated, come rain or shine

We all know that heading outside for some fresh air and exercise is as good for the mind as it is for the body, but having the time and the inclination is often the challenge. Our latest blog offers some inspiration to get active and stay active through the darker, wintry days.

Posted on 30 November 2020 by Rolawn

The allotment experience and all it has to offer

Allotment-keeping offers many benefits, from improvements in mental and physical health to social interaction and community spirit. In celebration of 'National Allotments Week', we take a look at Rolawn’s Customer Services Manager, Emily Kirkland’s, experience of the allotment life.

Posted on 10 August 2020 by Rolawn

Gardening health and safety reminders

If you're spending more time working on your garden these days, make sure you're not one of the 87,000 people injured in their garden annually. Check out our reminder of some basic health and safety measures you can take to protect yourself. 

Posted on 15 June 2020 by Rolawn

Chicken rescue - equally rewarding for chickens and their keepers

If you're thinking of keeping chickens, have you considered rehoming some ex-battery hens? In our latest blog, we explain how rewarding it can be to give these fascinating pets a second chance. You'll also find guidance on where to find more information about rescue hens. 

Posted on 27 April 2020 by Rolawn

Gardens of the imagination: gardens and gardening in literature

Have you ever got lost in a literary garden? Gardens provide many of us with a place to escape, in much the same way as literature, and in this piece we look at the ways in which authors use literary gardens to transport us into another world.

Posted on 25 March 2020 by Rolawn

A celebration of influential women in horticulture, for International Women’s Day

Each March, International Women’s Day, celebrates the achievements of women and challenges stereotypes. In this article, we reflect on our own industry and the influence of female horticulturists through the years.

Posted on 4 March 2020 by Rolawn

ISO certification – what does this mean to you?

What exactly is ISO certification and does Rolawn's certification have any significance to you as a customer? Find out what it's all about here. 

Posted on 15 January 2020 by Rolawn

Scaling mountains for the Greenfingers charity

Find out how our three intrepid hikers fared when they tackled the 24-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, in aid of Rolawn's nominated charity, Greenfingers.

Posted on 14 October 2019 by Rolawn

Introducing some of our customer service heroes

Customer Service is traditionally associated with front-line customer service teams. At Rolawn we firmly believe there’s an element of customer service running through every department. Read on for an insight into some of the Rolawn team and their contributions to providing products and services at the forefront of the market.

Posted on 10 October 2019 by Rolawn

What happens to your feedback?

You leave us reviews and comments, send photos, speak to our customer services team on a daily basis but what do we do with that information? Well, it plays a crucial role in our development - and here we explain some of the ways it helps us enhance our products and services.

Posted on 8 October 2019 by Rolawn

Coast to coast – the tale of the trip

To mark the 20th year of our nominated charity, Greenfingers, the team at Rolawn has been busy fundraising throughout 2019. The latest event was a 2-day, 170-mile Coast to Coast cycle challenge. Find out the highs and lows of a wet and windy cycle ride from Morecambe to Bridlington.

Posted on 14 August 2019 by Rolawn

100 years of the Forestry Commission

The fairy-tale setting of our forests is something we've come to cherish. Here, we look at the history of the body that protects them and how we can make the most of them, both now and in the future. 

Posted on 8 July 2019 by Rolawn

A puzzling piece of garden design

What do a Greek myth, Hampton Court Palace and a farm outside the historical City of York have in common? Puzzled? That’s the general idea, as they all share a feature that has had something of a rebirth in recent years, a maze.

Posted on 21 June 2019 by Rolawn

Sowing the seeds for a fulfilling future!

Gardening has many benefits for children of all ages. Read on for ideas on how to sow the seeds for a love of gardening in your little ones and convince your teenagers gardening is cool.

Posted on 14 May 2019 by Rolawn

Slugs – dealing with our least welcome garden visitor

Of all the creatures great and small that share your piece of outdoor heaven, slugs probably have the biggest image problem. In this post we share some tips on how to control them naturally.

Posted on 2 April 2019 by Rolawn

Watching spring unfurl from winter – experiencing the pure joy of snowdrops

There are few sights more inspiring than enjoying their seemingly fragile flowers en masse, blanketing an otherwise bare winter woodland floor with dazzling white flowers while the air is still cold and fresh. Read on to find out more about growing snowdrops and where to enjoy a sensational snowdrop walk. 

Posted on 7 January 2019 by Rolawn

Topsoil you can trust...Is the Devil in the detail?

There is a feeling around the landscape and construction industry that buying a topsoil which comes with a test certificate is all you really need to worry about. However, as with many pieces of understanding, this is very much not the case.

Posted on 18 September 2018 by Rolawn

Making room for some wild things in your garden

Inviting wildlife into our gardens, whether we are city, suburb or country dwellers, is essential if our native species are not to be pushed further into cut-off pockets of wildness that shrink even more as civilisation encroaches.

Posted on 28 June 2018 by Rolawn

The right tool for the right job

Choosing the right gardening tools will be one of the reasons many people attend BBC Gardeners’ World Live; the right tools though should also include the key elements that make any beautiful garden…topsoil, turf and mulch.

Posted on 13 June 2018 by Helen Redwood

Coming up Roses – how gardening can help you thrive with your long-term health condition

If you're not as fit as you used to be, gardening is a great way to stay active. In this blog post we offer tips and advice to help you tailor your gardening jobs to your individual needs.

Posted on 29 May 2018 by Rolawn

Creating an outside space for you and your dog

Dogs may be man (or woman’s) best friend but, depending on the breed, they are not always the keen gardener’s best mate. We’ve all seen pictures of muddy canines cheerfully transforming a nice lawn into a lunar landscape or flower beds into trenches, but does dog ownership really have to mean bidding farewell to your outdoor haven?

Posted on 30 April 2018 by Rolawn

Life through a lens (and some useful photography tips)

Emily shares her love of cameras and photography and some useful tips for a successful shot.

Posted on 10 October 2017 by Rolawn

A game of two halves

Rolawn Sales Executive, Dan, talks about his passion for football.

Posted on 19 September 2017 by Rolawn

This sporting life

Journalist Danny Lockwood talks about turf and his life on the pitch.

Posted on 15 August 2017 by Rolawn

Life with Rhum – no shaggy dog stories here

Read Ruth’s blog about her Irish Setter rescue dog, Rhum and why rescuing a dog is so worthwhile.

Posted on 19 July 2017 by Rolawn

A day to remember at Chelsea

Davina visits the Chelsea Flower Show for the first time, meeting celebrities and designers and gets tips for her garden.

Posted on 15 June 2017 by Rolawn

Beekeeping – it's in the blood

Following in her grandad’s footsteps, Davina explains how she & her husband became seasoned beekeepers after getting their first hive in 2012.

Posted on 19 April 2017 by Rolawn

Lambing time again!

You won’t believe how much hard work, time and effort goes into raising the lovely spring lambs you see in the countryside. Read our blog post and find out more.

Posted on 28 March 2017 by Rolawn

Opening my East Yorkshire Cottage Garden for the National Garden Scheme

Ever thought of opening your garden to the public? Our friend Justine Dixon is opening her garden for NGS for the first time in May this year. Here she tells us what's involved.

Posted on 28 February 2017 by Rolawn

Making apple juice – tastes delicious and keeps me fit!

Alison in our Production Team shakes off the so-called January-blues helping her husband in the family business making apple juice.

Posted on 31 January 2017 by Rolawn

The accidental goat keeper

An amusing story about how Alison in our Customer Services Team became an accidental goat keeper.

Posted on 17 January 2017 by Rolawn

Setting up and running a successful gardening club

There are a wealth of organisations promoting and supporting gardening as an activity and we are proud to have links with clubs in the local area. Ever thought of setting up a gardening club, read on… 

Posted on 22 November 2016 by Rolawn

The Ultimate Swordsman

Whether you’re a professional groundsman or an amateur gardener, the humble lawnmower has helped transform and maintain our gardens, parks and sports grounds for centuries. But where did it all start? 

Posted on 2 September 2016 by Rolawn

Gardeneering – the new health and happiness hero

As our previous blog attests, the physical and mental benefits of gardening are proven. So much so, that in parts of the country, GPs are prescribing gardening as a ‘medicine’ of sorts as there is evidence to confirm that it reduces the need to see a GP or attend A&E, enhances wellbeing and even promotes better sleep.

Posted on 1 August 2016 by Rolawn

Gardening: A full body workout for the mind & body

Instead of heading to the gym in the Summer evening you can create a moderate intensity workout whilst working on your own garden, which is not only good for keeping your body fit and healthy, it is also good for the mind and soul too. 

Posted on 8 July 2016 by Rolawn

Interview with Tony Smith

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show feature, sponsored by Rolawn, takes cues from the landscape style developed by Capability Brown. Sales and Marketing Director, Jonathan Hill, poses a few questions to designer, Tony Smith...

Posted on 22 April 2016 by Rolawn

Building beds and growing veg – an enthusiasts tale

After spending six years battling the weeds on our vegetable plot we decided enough was enough. Trying to keep it under control was taking up too much time and the rest of the garden was starting to suffer. Something drastic had to be done and we decided raised beds were the answer.

Posted on 22 August 2014 by Rolawn

Growing for garden glory

This year, our dream-like Hampton Court garden has been inspired by the way that nature's gentle hand can subtly alter and improve a manmade creation, in this case The Forgotten Folly. At Horticolous, we dream beautiful gardens like this one but nurturing a dream requires much more than our own inspiration and passion. 

Posted on 28 July 2014 by Rolawn

When it comes to turf – it depends

When growing ‘Britain’s finest turf’ there is undoubtedly an expression that covers a multitude of situations and which can be used to answer virtually any question about turf. ‘It depends!’ 

Posted on 4 July 2014 by Rolawn

Repairing a flood damaged lawn

If the state of your lawn after the wet and thoroughly miserable winter has reduced you to despair, the situation may not be as irreparable as your fear. With a little time and not necessarily a lot of money most lawns can be rescued.

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Rolawn

Tips for saving water in the garden

Parched, dehydrated and beginning to show a few cracks? If that's just you 'the gardener' imagine how much your outdoor space may be suffering in this recent spell of very hot, dry weather we are either enjoying or enduring, depending on your perspective!

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Rolawn

You can't have too mulch of a good thing!

For those of us growing things in drier parts of the UK, water conservation has always been a cause for concern

Posted on 15 July 2013 by Rolawn