It’s time to plant!


Posted on: 3rd November, 2015

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

By Matt Keane, Future Forests

The settled weather through early October has made this an Autumn to remember; the vivid colour on many trees and shrubs have brightened up gardens and hedgerows alike, the red Oak and Canadian maple have never looked as good in our own garden and the native Guelder rose seems to have an abundance of bright berries this year.

While it may seem that the gardening year has been and gone and everything is going to sleep for the winter…this is in fact the start of the bareroot planting season, the perfect time to put in a new hedgerow, orchard or grove of trees.

Pot grown plants can be planted all year round, but bareroot plants can only be planted when they are dormant, usually this means from November to March. There are many advantages to planting bareroot trees, they have an extensive, well developed root system, as they have been grown naturally in a field. This root system allows the tree to settle in quicker and so establish better. This is even more important in an exposed garden. Bareroot plants cost less than potted, as there is less labour involved in producing them. They also are much easier to handle, making them ideal for transporting and sending by mail order.

This is an exciting time of year for us, as over the next coming weeks, more and more of our extensive bareroot range of plants will start to arrive from our growers. The trust between grower and retailer is important and in our 29 years in business, we have found and built up great relationships with top class growers, we trust their quality and integrity and this gives us confidence in what we sell.

Our bareroot Roses and Soft Fruit bushes are now in stock, with our full range of fruit trees, all Irish grown, available by the end of November. Most fruit trees and bushes are easy to grow and they give back so much more, nothing can compare to eating your own apples, pears and plums and who wouldn’t want to harvest Raspberries and currants from their own back garden. We stock everything from Blueberries to goji berries, Cherry plums to Cobnuts, with a little care you can get some great harvests, but there is something to suit even the most inattentive gardener.

We are also delighted to be able to supply plants for the new Agri Environment Scheme, Glas. This is a boost for both farmers and the horticultural trade. These schemes are important, as the planting and maintaining of hedgerows and trees is vital for our biodiversity. Orchards have also been included in this new scheme. We have long been advocates of traditional apples and this scheme will hopefully ensure the survival of these old Irish varieties.

We are open seven days a week with experienced and knowledgeable staff on hand to help, if you can’t make it to the nursery, just call or email with your enquiry and we can send your plants by courier, usually for just €15 delivered to your door.

All our stocklists are online or call us for a paper copy on 027 66176, our winter opening hours are Monday to Saturday 10 to 5pm and Sundays & Bank Holidays 12 to 5pm.

Future Forests is on the Bantry to Macroom road, the R584, between Kealkill and Gougane Barra.

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