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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

A day at the Palace

Not Crystal or Buckingham but Hampton Court. There are few more pleasing sights than when you see your own products being used to engage all strata of society with the beautiful, educational and sometimes intriguing. Welcome to the summary of my trip to this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Posted on 14 July 2014 by Jonathan Hill

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

Gardeners' World Live 2014

Rolawn supplied products for a number of gardens at this year's Gardeners' World Live. Here's a selection of photos from our visit to the show.

Posted on 16 June 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

Let your garden look its best this November

Now is a great time to make the most of any bright & dry days, as gardeners far and wide are making their final preparations for the winter.

Posted on 11 November 2013 by Rolawn

October gardening tips

With winter on the horizon, it's time to tidy the garden and prepare for the cooler are making their final preparations for the winter.

Posted on 9 October 2013 by Rolawn

Preparing for Autumn - September Gardening Guide

Where has the year gone? With the summer winding to a close, it's time to prepare for the autumn and winter months that lie ahead.

Posted on 4 September 2013 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

Summer's Here! July Garden Maintenance

Now that summer has finally arrived, it's time to start enjoying all of your hard work put in through the spring. 

Posted on 11 July 2013 by Rolawn

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013

The next RHS Flower Show of the season is fast approaching. Hampton Court Palace Flower is the world's largest flower show.

Posted on 3 July 2013 by Rolawn

Mowing your lawn in spring

Mowing is the most important maintenance operation for any lawn: without it you would not have a lawn.

Posted on 18 April 2013 by Rolawn

March Maintenance: Welcome in Spring

This winter has presented a particularly harsh time for our gardens. A combination of the freezing temperatures, snow fall and heavy rain will no doubt have left your garden looking a little worse for wear.

Posted on 21 March 2013 by Rolawn

Shaded Lawn Turf Key Maintenance Advice

Even with all the best advice in the world, growing a turf lawn can be problematic depending on one very important factor - shade.

Posted on 13 January 2012 by Rolawn

Lawn turf - dealing with worm casts & deterring worm activity

Worms are beneficial in the garden as their burrowing activities improve the aeration and drainage of the soil. 

Posted on 27 October 2011 by Rolawn

How To Protect Your Lawn Turf Against Animal Urine

We all love our dogs, but not when they destroy our turf. Animal urine, especially from dogs, is one of the leading problems all lawn owners face.

Posted on 16 June 2011 by Rolawn

Springtime for Bark Mulching

As with lawn turf care, spring is the time of year when the garden's beds and borders need some serious attention in order to prepare them for the onslaught of green growth, flowering plants and of course - protection against the dreaded weeds.

Posted on 13 April 2011 by Rolawn

Turf Maintenance Following Winter

The warm weather has been sprung upon us as spring time has finally arrived. For many, winter has been very cold and the early snow and persistent cold and wet weather will have undoubtedly led to garden turf being affected to some degree. 

Posted on 13 April 2011 by Rolawn

Dealing With Garden Slugs and Snails

Nobody makes friends with garden slugs and snails and if these slimy intruders are enjoying themselves at the expense of your flowerbeds or veg patch, there are a few simple, cost-effective and pesticide free ways to deal with them.

Posted on 12 May 2008 by Rolawn