Boningale Nurseries has committed to further improving the quality of its stock by investing in two top-of-the-range pieces of machinery.
A new potting machine will enable the Shropshire-based nursery to pot both bare root and larger pot sizes more efficiently, with minimal disturbance to the plants roots thus maximising growth.
Penny Fryer, Production Director at Boningale Nurseries, one of the UK’s largest nurseries and horticultural specialists, said it had invested in a Javo Plus Mark 2 because it allows nursery staff to change from one pot size to another quickly and gives them better control of compost supply.
“The machine will make a real difference to the way in which we work and will make the flow of our output much smoother,” she said. “Its compost delivery system produces less compaction of the growing media and the knock-on effect will be less wastage and better plant growth.”
To complement the potting machine, Boningale has also invested in a bark topping machine to top dress its potted plants. “Liverwort is an unsightly problem and can inhibit growth on smaller plants,” explained Penny. “The bark mulch will help stop liverwort getting established, and will also help to control weeds when the pots are stood on the nursery. Ultimately this will save labour in hand weeding, reduce our reliance on chemical weed control, and help to produce a better established and cleaner product.”
Boningale Nurseries recently celebrated the achievements of its several clients at the BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) National Landscape Awards 2014. Notably, in the ‘Soft Landscaping Construction (Non Domestic) under £300,000’ category where all three winners had been supplied with the company’s top quality nursery stock.