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Larger Garden Watering

For medium to large gardens, timers and solenoid valves are needed to enable switching of water from one length of pipe to another whether it is powering small sprinklers or the larger popups. Popups are designed to water the whole of the garden. When water pressure reaches the popup, the head of the popup comes up out of the lawn.

The radius of these nozzles is reached by water pressure and nozzle size. The arc sprayed is adjustable from 25 degrees to 360 degrees depending on popup type. On some very large gardens it is sometimes necessary to tap feed a large water tank then pump the water from it around the system, still using solenoid valves to open the different supply pipes around the garden. Pumps and timers are available in different sizes depending on your needs. The water tanks are dark green to blend in with the foliage of your garden.

Rain sensors and moisture sensors are available for these systems, which in the case of rain sensors tell the timer that it is raining and not to bother to switch on for that particular watering session. The moisture sensor tells the timer that the soil is moist enough and not to bother to come on, hence both saving water when it is not needed at that particular time. These systems also power micro drip and sprinkler systems as well as popups.

Ash trees

Ash trees threatened

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Enviroment and helping UK Forests

National Tree Week event - Take part in tree planting in East Park, Wolverhampton

Woodland Craft

Woodland Craft
Join the Park Rangers for some woodland management and crafts including coppicing

Community Trees

Community Tree Planting
Join in a planting at Brent River Park of over 400 trees


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Native Tree List UK www.the-tree.org.uk/

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Hampton Court Flower Show

I went along to the Hampton Court Flower Show this year and was stunned to discover that a visit there could make the sick well again. Well, maybe not. However, I did see people, who had spent all day being pushed around in a wheelchair, up walking and pushing their own wheelchairs.

The impetus for this was, of course, the great sell off at the close of the show. Father was walking through the show ground cradling his baby in his arms, whilst mother followed with the pushchair laden with plants. Granny, who had benefited from resting in her wheelchair as she moved around the show, found it was an ideal way to get her lilies and agapanthus back to the carpark. Once out of the showground the sights were enough to make a gardener cringe, trees, agapanthus, eremurus and lilies sticking out of the sun roofs of dozens of cars on their way to the M3.

Other had folded up plants as best they could so that they would travel on the bus and underground. Then there is the safe bet that many of the plants acquired will not have been planted for several days, nor watered, nor put out of the sun. When will people learn that a bargain is only a bargain if you can get the plant home alive and in one piece... otherwise it is just so much compost.

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