Gardeners at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have been studying the buds on the trees in their gardens across the country. They say buds suggest trees will be floriferous with blossom this spring because of the perfect conditions last year for bud formation, and also because early flowering has been prevented by the cold this February.

It could turn out to be a spectacular display and if you would like to read the full article it can be found on the Guardian website.

Use Strulch to give your trees the best start.

Mulching around trees is a great way to help trees grow and thrive.

  • Clear the area: Before you apply Strulch, remove any weeds, grass, or other plants from around the base of the tree. This will help the Strulch mulch to stay in place and prevent the growth of weeds.
  • Apply Strulch: Spread a layer of mulch around the base of the tree, making sure to leave a gap of a few inches around the trunk to prevent moisture build-up and rot. The mulch layer should be about 2-4 inches deep.
  • Maintain the mulch: Over time, the mulch layer will break down and may need to be topped up. It's important to keep the mulch layer at a consistent depth to provide a consistent barrier against weeds and to retain moisture.

Mulching around trees has many benefits, including:

  • Retaining moisture: Mulch helps to retain moisture around the base of the tree, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    Suppressing weeds: A layer of mulch helps to suppress weeds, reducing competition for water and nutrients.
  • Insulating roots: Mulch provides insulation for the tree's roots, protecting them from extreme temperatures.
  • Improving soil quality: As mulch breaks down, it adds organic matter to the soil, improving soil quality and fertility.