Enviromat Sedum Matting

How to create perfect lawn stripes and patterns

Monday, 21 July 2014 16:23:28 Europe/London

how to mow around an obstacleA striped or patterned lawn can create a dramatic effect and elevate your lawn to a new level. Primarily associated with sports pitches – it is not difficult to replicate on any lawn.

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Posted in Lawn Aftercare By Tim Button

Garden centres across the country are supporting TV Gardener David Domoney and the Horticultural Trade Association’s Cultivation Street. The national campaign promotes community pride and encourages neighbours to work together to spruce up their front gardens.

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Posted in News By Tim Button

Can sedum be used for green walls?

Friday, 30 May 2014 08:30:42 Europe/London

A living green wall has many benefits and is a joy to behold.  But how do you clad a wall with plants? Enviromat sedum matting is a lovely thick carpet of plants and it's strong enough to hang vertically, but does it make a good green wall? Read this blogpost to find out more.

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Posted in Garden Design By Angela Lambert

Green roofs on sheds in London

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:01:04 Europe/London

Climate change means that urban greening has never been more important.  A North London Company is making it possible to bring more plants into the city by supplying garden buildings with beautiful living green roofs.

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

Low maintenance ground cover

Friday, 16 May 2014 10:23:27 Europe/London

Some people find gardening incredibly relaxing, theraputic even.  Others don't.  If you fall into the second category, here are some suggestions for plants that are just as easy to look after as paving slabs, but a million times better for the environment. 

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Posted in Garden Design By Angela Lambert

Beekeepers’ Update for Turfland

Monday, 12 May 2014 16:36:39 Europe/London

Last year Turfland, suppliers of Meadowmat and Enviromat, showed their support for British bees by adopting a beehive with the British Bee Keepers Association (BBKA). To mark the anniversary the charity provided an update with the latest news from their hives.

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Posted in News By Tim Button

Green roof cost v benefits

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:49:41 Europe/London

At Enviromat, we consider that a living green roof is an investment.  Over time, the benefits will outweigh the cost of installation.  New research from Walmart has carried out a detailed financial analysis on their green roofs in the USA which shows just how cost effective a green roof can be. 

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Posted in Benefits By Angela Lambert

Green roof design advice

Monday, 7 April 2014 10:03:54 Europe/London

Creating a green roof is easy but it does need a bit of forethought.  Enviromat have created a green roof design guide to help you make the best choices for your project.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Contolling weeds on a green roof

Friday, 4 April 2014 11:51:01 Europe/London

The most commonly found weeds on a green roof include moss, grass and tree seedlings.  In this article we discuss the best way to get rid of unwanted plants and make sure that the plants on your roof are the ones you want to be there.

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Posted in green roof care By Angela Lambert

White flowers on green roofs

Thursday, 3 April 2014 09:19:44 Europe/London

A popular green roof plant is Meadow Saxifrage.  Itsdainty white flowers appear in early spring and bring a welcome splash of colour to the roof.  Photos of Meadow Saxifrage growing in sedum mat.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

EPA in US retracts synthetic turf safety assurances

Tuesday, 4 March 2014 16:26:54 Europe/London

Under pressure from PEER in the US new EPA posting stresses uncertainty amid wide range of chemical exposures.

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Posted in News By Tim Button

Mark's green roof shed

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:27:45 Europe/London

Mark H is justly proud of his shed, which he calls  his "man cave" .  He's designed and made it itself using recycled materials and yes, you guessed it, a green roof.  These photos show the shed 6 months after the green roof was installed.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Step by step guide to making a green roof

Thursday, 13 February 2014 12:04:37 Europe/London


A step by step photo record of our Kevin installing a green roof in South West London


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Posted in Green roof installation By Angela Lambert

Which type of roofing is the most eco friendly

Thursday, 30 January 2014 10:16:27 Europe/London

sedum roofFollowing the publication of some research that suggests white roofs are superior to green roofs, Angela Lambert compares the features and benefits of brown roofs, black roofs, green roofs and white roofs.

Costs and benefits vary considerably but which is the best type of roof for your building and for the environment?  

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Posted in Benefits By Angela Lambert

How to put a green roof on your bird table

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:07:43 Europe/London

A green roof doesn't have to be huge to look good or benefit wildlife.  In this blogpost, Angela Lambert looks at how putting a sedum roof on to a bird table can turn a practical garden item into a stunning feature.

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Posted in Green roof installation By Angela Lambert

Five jolly good reasons to make a green roof in 2014

Tuesday, 7 January 2014 09:34:31 Europe/London

Fed up with flooding? concerned about climate change? Bothered about biodiversity?  

Even the smallest living green roof can help support wildlife, manage rainwater and reduce fuel usage.

In this blogpost, Angela Lambert lists five good reasons why  your garden shed should have a sedum roof.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Christmas closing dates at Enviromat

Friday, 20 December 2013 12:06:10 Europe/London

How to contact Enviromat over the Festive Season

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

Ground cover plants

Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:31:36 Europe/London

Three reasons why ground cover plantsing is better than paving and some suggestions for easy care plants to use.

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Posted in Garden Design By Angela Lambert

TGA Members reflect and prepare

Monday, 16 December 2013 14:23:47 Europe/London

TGA members meet last month in Peterborough to reflect on this year and prepare the associations 2014 agenda.

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Posted in News By Tim Button

Plants for front gardens

Monday, 9 December 2013 12:36:30 Europe/London

That patch of land in front of your home has the potential to be so much more than just a car park. Here are some ideas for adding colour to your forecourt without making yourself a lot of gardening work.

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Posted in all about plants By Angela Lambert

Check your Green Roof Loadings to avoid collapse

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 13:09:48 Europe/London

The awful tragedy in Latvia where a supermarket roof collapsed killing more than 50 people and injuring dozens has drawn attention to the importance of checking the weight distribution on green roofs.  Thankfully, incidents like this are rare in the UK but will householders shy away from installing a green roof because of it? Angela Lambert from Enviromat hopes not because for a properly planned living roof, the benefits hugely outweigh the risks.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Laying Turf in Winter

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 15:52:39 Europe/London

A common misconception about laying turf in this country is that the gardener or landscaper is restricted to the spring and summer months. In fact laying turf in the winter can be a simple process with a number of advantages.

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Posted in News Laying Turf By Tim Button

Sedum mat for pond edging

Friday, 15 November 2013 10:31:09 Europe/London

Sedum mat makes fabulous low maintenance ground cover,  especially around a pond where it's rather good at hiding the liner.

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Posted in Garden Design By Angela Lambert

Green roof sheds

Monday, 28 October 2013 11:28:00 Europe/London

Photographs of green roof sheds created by Cranes Garden Buildings

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Designing a green roof with maintenance in mind

Friday, 18 October 2013 11:04:44 Europe/London

A little bit of thought at the design stage of creating a green roof can save a whole lot of money in the long run.  Download the free Designing for Maintenance guide from the growers of Enviromat sedum matting.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Meadowmat competition

Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:17:01 Europe/London

Meadowmat are holding a wildlife colouring competition for children and adults.  Simply download the template created for us by wildlife artist Kelly Mills, decorate it however you'd like to and return it to our Norfolk office for a chance to win a lovely prize.

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

Does my green roof need a pebble edging?

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:31:22 Europe/London

The staff at Enviromat are often asked questions about green roof design.  Here's our answer to a question about pebble edgings on a flat sedum roof.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Plants for a roof

Monday, 14 October 2013 09:38:47 Europe/London

Making the right choices when designing a green roof will save you money in the long run.  

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

How to build a green roof on a shed

Tuesday, 1 October 2013 11:15:55 Europe/London

A beautiful green roof shed built by Linda B and her family.  It's practical and beautiful.  Linda followed the downloadable green roof installation instructions from the Enviromat web site.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Troubleshooting on green roofs

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:38:50 Europe/London

A living sedum green roof is relatively trouble-free but from time to time, and especially after a long period of drought, green roof plants can suffer from stress.  This brief guide outlines possible problems and looks at prevention and cure.

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Posted in green roof care By Angela Lambert

The healing power of green roofs

Friday, 30 August 2013 11:43:18 Europe/London

Hospitals in the USA and Germany are adopting green roofs to improve the view for their patients and speed up the healing process.  Can this idea be used at home too?

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Plan and plant it; sedum green roof

Thursday, 22 August 2013 11:04:48 Europe/London

Autumn is the perfect time to plan and plant a living green roof.  You will benefit from extra insulation during the cold weather and the wildlife will appreciate the winter habitat.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Edgings for green roofs

Thursday, 8 August 2013 11:02:20 Europe/London

The edging around a green roof keeps all the components in place, tidies up the design and protects the green roof construction from wind uplift.  Find out how to make a green roof edging for a timber building.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Green roof on a bus

Wednesday, 7 August 2013 12:44:10 Europe/London

A bus in spain that is being used to transport people to and from a campsite in Girona has been fitted with a living green roof to help offset CO2 emissions.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Alan Titchmarsh builds sedum roof

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 09:27:50 Europe/London

As part of his Love Your Garden program screened on 30th July 2013, Alan Titchmarsh uses sedum matting to create a living green roof on a summerhouse.

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Posted in Garden Design By Angela Lambert

Hedges and ditches help wildlife

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 12:21:43 Europe/London

Hedges, ditches and verges play an important part in wildlife conservation programs.  As farmers, we are concious of  how important it is to balance the production of good quality food with the need to support the wild creatures that enrich our lives and help to pollinate crops.

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Posted in wildlife By Fred Hilsdon

2013 Butterfly Survey

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:50:42 Europe/London

Sedum plants and butterflies go together like bananas and custard but how are butterfly numbers being affected by climate change and habitat loss? at some point in the future will we find that our sedum plants go un-visited by these colourful exotic creatures.   Take part in this year's Big Butterfly Count and help uncover changes to the numbers of our "flying flowers"

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Posted in wildlife By Angela Lambert

New use for Enviromat sedum matting

Monday, 22 July 2013 18:13:03 Europe/London

It's not unusual for birds to visit a sedum roof to take pieces of plant material to build their nests, but on the Enviromat production fields a clever pigeon has used sedum album to make itself an unusually beautiful abode.

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

'Parasite Threat' to native bees

Thursday, 18 July 2013 13:00:19 Europe/London

According to scientists, bumblebees imported from Europe carry pathogens that pose a threat to native honeybees and bumblebees in the UK. They found 77% had parasites that could infect native bees.

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Posted in News By Paul Watt

Super satisfied customer loves his "super sedum"

Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:31:13 Europe/London

Satisfied customer, Mr John Kershaw, loves his new sedum roof. He has provided a testimonial which has to be one of the best ever. Why would anyone have a plain, boring felt roof when you can cover it with sedum. Sedum not only looks amazing it encourages pollinators.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela MacKay

Green roof kits available now

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 12:05:40 Europe/London

Buying components to make your own sedum roof just got a whole lot simpler thanks to the inception of Enviromat green roof kits.   

All the materials you need are included in one simple kit, including a step-by-step instruction sheet.  All you need to do is calculate the area and the slope of your roof and make your selection. 

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Posted in Green roof installation By Angela Lambert

‘Brown lawns are cool’

Monday, 15 July 2013 10:50:53 Europe/London

The Turfgrass Growers Association have responded to the current heat wave to urge homeowners to hold back on watering established lawns.

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Posted in Lawn Aftercare By Tim Button

Sedums in July

Monday, 15 July 2013 09:47:01 Europe/London

Sedum plants have star shaped flowers with easy access to pollen and nectar and so they are favourited by pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies, hoverflies and moths.   They're also rather popular with gardeners and garden designers because not only are they easy to care for, they give the most wonderful floral display during the summer months.  Here are some photos of Enviromat sedum matting in bloom, taken in early July 2013.

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Posted in Garden Design By Angela Lambert

Summer is finally here... but for how long?

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 14:53:54 Europe/London

For those wanting to get out into the garden and lay some new lawn turf this month should provide the perfect opportunity.

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Posted in News By Tim Button

What makes sedums drought tolerant?

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 12:52:15 Europe/London

Sedum plants have very little need for irrigation or watering because they are amazingly drought tolerant.  The reason that sedums can go for long periods of time without water is a special adaptation to their metabolism known as CAM.  This blogpost explains the workings of CAM and shows why sedums make great green roof plants.

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Posted in all about plants By Angela Lambert

Green roof shed

Wednesday, 3 July 2013 15:53:40 Europe/London

Pictures of a recycled shed in Norfolk that proudly sports a sedum green roof.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Green Roofs for National Shed Week Finalists

Tuesday, 2 July 2013 09:54:48 Europe/London

Two of the finalists in the Shed of the Year 2013 competition have living green roofs; one because the lady of the house didn't want to lose any of her planting space to hubby's new shed, the other because the owners didn't want to look at an ugly roof.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

What is a sedum roof?

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 10:38:41 Europe/London

A sedum roof is a layer of drought tolerant plants that sits on top of a flat roof or a gently sloping roof and brings all sorts of benefits to the building and the environment.  Find out more about sedum plants and how to install a sedum green roof in this blogpost from Angela Lambert.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Green roof for Manchester town hall

Monday, 10 June 2013 08:29:31 Europe/London

A large scale green roof has been installed on top of Manchester City Council's town hall extension to attract Black Redstarts.

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

Honey Syllabub

Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:29:03 Europe/London

Honey is one of the wonderful by-products of a sedum green roof and to celebrate National BBQ Week, the staff at Enviromat are sharing their favourite honey recipes.  Try this one for an easy but satisfying dessert.

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Posted in Honey recipes By Angela Lambert

Black Redstarts breed on London green roof

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:45:27 Europe/London

Black Redstarts, an endangered bird species, have been spotted foraging on one of the green roofs at the London Olympic Site

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

Barbecue spare ribs with honey

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 08:52:20 Europe/London

One of the benefits of a carefully designed living green roof is that it will provide a source of pollen and nectar for bees.  As a result, we get honey.  Enjoy this recipe using a honey marinade for barbecued spare ribs.

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Posted in Honey recipes By Amy Hilsdon

Green roofs for water and biodiversity

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:06:00 Europe/London

22nd May is International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme for 2013 is Water and Biodiversity. Green roofs are an aid to water management and to biodiversity because they integrate architecture with nature, recreating the natural water cycle and helping to ensure that human activity supports natural infrastructure

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Posted in Benefits By Angela Lambert

New Turfland & Q Lawns Product Guide

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 17:47:48 Europe/London

Turfland and Q Lawns have produced a new comprehensive 36 page Product Guide.

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Posted in News By Tim Button

Edging a pond with sedum mat

Monday, 20 May 2013 10:08:11 Europe/London

Sedum matting is a great way to disguise the edge of a pond and make it look as though it's always been there.

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Posted in Garden Design By Angela Lambert

Plants for green roofs

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 16:36:29 Europe/London

Angela Lambert from Enviromat looks at different plant groups and discusses why they may or may not do well on green roofs.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Sedum mat in Stevenage

Monday, 13 May 2013 09:50:27 Europe/London

Enviromat sedum matting will feature in a low maintenance show garden at the Letchworth Food Festival and on Stevenage day.

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Posted in Garden Design By Angela Lambert

Sedum roof construction

Friday, 10 May 2013 10:29:56 Europe/London

A sedum green roof is made up of three or four layers of specially engineered but easily installed materials. Find out more and download a free green roof installation guide.

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Posted in Green roof installation By Angela Lambert

Feeding your green roof

Thursday, 9 May 2013 10:26:10 Europe/London

Why you need to feed your green roof and what fertiliser is best.

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Posted in green roof care By Angela Lambert

White flowers on green roofs

Wednesday, 8 May 2013 08:54:52 Europe/London

Meadow Saxifrage has a delicate appearance but is tough enough to live on an extensive green roof.

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Posted in About Q Lawns By Angela Lambert

What does a green roof cost?

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:42:01 Europe/London

There are so many benefits to green roofing that everybody wants one.  But what will it cost to put a green roof on to a garden building?

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Sedum matting price drop

Friday, 26 April 2013 11:51:54 Europe/London

Enviromat have been able to reduce the cost of their UK grown sedum matting as green roofing becomes more popular.

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

Enviromat aims to reduce carbon footprint

Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:47:20 Europe/London

The Norfolk growers of Enviromat sedum matting are reducing their carbon footprint be using fuel efficient delivery vehicles

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

When to water a sedum roof

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 10:27:28 Europe/London

A properly installed sedum roof needs very little, if any, watering.   Here are some guidelines on irrigating your roof from the growers of Enviromat sedum matting

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Posted in green roof care By Angela Lambert

When to make your green roof

Tuesday, 9 April 2013 10:52:32 Europe/London

What is the best time of year to install a living green roof?  Robert Allen from Enviromat has the answers.

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Posted in Green roof installation By Angela Lambert

What does a green roof weigh?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:16:40 Europe/London

Short blog post answering the frequently asked question "how heavy is a green roof?"

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Sedum pictures

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 09:40:19 Europe/London

Some pictures of Enviromat sedum matting to cheer you up on a dull day

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Posted in all about plants By Angela Lambert

Green roofs and wildlife corridors

Saturday, 9 March 2013 12:25:45 Europe/London

bee on sedum flowerAdding a green roof to a garden building can create a valuable resource for wildlife looking for a resting place or a source of food.   In this blog article, Angela Lambert examines the value of green roofs for wildlife corridors

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Posted in Benefits By Angela Lambert

Sedum matting is Perfect for Pollinators

Thursday, 21 February 2013 18:12:31 Europe/London

Enviromat sedum matting has been approved by the Royal Horticultural Society as part of their Perfect for Pollinators scheme.

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

how to make a flat green roof

Wednesday, 6 February 2013 09:30:47 Europe/London

Installing a living green roof is a good way to help prevent local flooding because up to 80% of the rainwater that falls onto a living roof will be absorbed.  Kevin Docherty gives us an illustrated guide to creating a living green roof using Enviromat sedum matting.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

How to "green" a pitched roof

Monday, 4 February 2013 19:08:36 Europe/London

A simple to follow, step by step guide to putting a living green roof on to a garden building with a pitched roof.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

It’s Go for Green Roofs

Monday, 4 February 2013 09:47:37 Europe/London

Thinking of buying a new shed, summerhouse or garden office this year?  Why not put a living roof on it?  Kevin Docherty from Enviromat talks about  the joys of having a green roof shed

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Ethical and sustainable landscaping

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 15:56:16 Europe/London

Find out how green roofs and wildflower meadows offer long-term benefits to the Environment at the APL event on 6th March 2013

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela Lambert

Enviromat and Survival of the Fittest

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:24:54 Europe/London

Mark Gurney and Kevin Harden from Q Lawns will be showcasing Enviromat sedum matting and Meadowmat wild flower mat at Palmstead Nurseries' workshop "Survival of the Fittest" on 27th September in Ashford, Kent

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Posted in News By Angela Lambert

Sedum features at Tatton for New Charter

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:46:42 Europe/London

New Charter landscapes show off their landscaping capabilities at the Tatton Flower Show 2012.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela MacKay

Bath House at Ormskirk Enviromat Roof

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 13:51:18 Europe/London

The restoration man paid a visit to the Bath House in Ormskirk to see the finishing touches, including the newly installed sedum roof from Turfland / Q Lawns.

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Posted in News By Angela MacKay

Enviromat Sedum Mat at Southport Flower Show

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 14:04:11 Europe/London

Lovania nurseries use enviromat sedum mat in garden display at the Southport Flower Show.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela MacKay

Enviromat and MeadowMat "make a splash" at Tatton

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 12:15:32 Europe/London

Two of Turfland / Q Lawn products featured on prize winning garden at Tatton Flower Show.

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Posted in Green Roof Design By Angela MacKay

When to feed sedum roofs

Friday, 3 August 2012 17:34:37 Europe/London

green roof on playhouseAfter all the rain we’ve had this spring and summer, green roofs should be looking wonderfully green and verdant at the moment.  But what if they’re not? What could be the matter?

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Posted in Lawn Aftercare By Angela Lambert