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Flower Gardening

Always consider the essentials. Your garden creation must have the proper amount of sunlight, fertilizer, soil, and water. If any of these are missing, your plants will suffer, and instead of a green garden that you can take pride in – you will be left with nothing but brown dead plant material. Make sure you always water the garden during periods of dry weather. If you are planting bulbs, you need to make sure they are planted deeply enough to take root. Perennials and bushes, when planted, should not have soil or mulch against their stems. The problem is that when it rains, the water is not easily absorbed into the root system. Also, the stem could rot from overheating.

Mix annuals with perennials. Annuals will only live for one season and then they have to be replanted the next. Annuals always die when the weather gets cooler. Perennials only need to be planted once and they will bloom for several years, although they will go dormant in the winter. Mixing the two will produce a beautiful garden that

Choosing an Outdoor Garden Fountain

SHAPE of the garden fountain is the next important thing to decide. This has less to do with garden space and more to do with you and what you prefer. You need to determine what suits your garden and more importantly, what expresses you and your lifestyle. Garden fountains come in a variety of shapes including animals and wildlife, statuary, tiered, pedestal, rock and wall, just to name a few. Deciding on the shape of your fountain may be your most difficult task.

TYPE of fountain water flow must be considered when you are deciding on a shape.

BUBBLING FOUNTAINS are the most versatile and perhaps best-suited for most home gardens. Typical design involves a single jet of water produced below the water surface in the center of a glazed pot. The water runs over the edges of the pot and runs quietly down the sides into a basin where it’s collected and recycled by a small pump. These fountains are perfect for smaller, intimate spaces since they don’t make much sound, just quiet bubbling.

SPILLING FOUNTAINS have

Garden Flower Beds

Flower beds would always be one of the attractive portions of a garden. It makes the plantings and flower plants to appear even better. It also gives the garden a nice layout for better appearance. Flower beds are also best in segregating perennials to avoid mixtures of bordering. This scheme helps the separation of shrubs join flowers and small flowering trees for a more pleasing arrangement. Here are some helpful tips that can help you enhance your designs for garden flower beds:

(1) A wide size of flower bed is better. This is to allow the adding of graceful flowering trees and flowering shrubs that may grow as season changes. It also allows that lush and layered look for more planting opportunities. The flower beds should be at least 5-6 feet in width.

(2) Every flower bed requires a definition sense whereas a good line that will set them apart within the garden is a must. There are various lines that can be used for the flower beds. Among these lines include straight and curved lines. The straight lines

Finding A Retaining Wall Specialist

Landscaping is expensive and having a project done on your property can take up a lot of time and a lot of money. Having to move lots of soil for a project means you’re going to need to install retaining walls on your property to keep the soil you moved out of the area you’ve carved out of the ground. Be it an indoor pool, a fire pit, a patio, a walkway, or a driveway whatever your project is you’re going to need retaining walls specialists to come in and handle the task of getting everything done in a timely and professional manner and leave you with a great looking finished project that’s protected by a properly built retaining wall that will last for decades.

You’ll first need to go on-line or make some calls and find landscaping and construction companies in your area and begin the process of mapping out exactly what work you need done and what the length of the project will be and how much the project will cost you. Any company that’s worth

Aquatic Weed Removal Tools

As a lakefront property owner, take a look around and you can spot so many tools, equipment, and herbicides. There are many sites where you can go to for a full list of great options for your specific situation. Also, certain states like Washington, Alaska, New York and Maine have stringent rules and regulations on chemical use. But hey, don’t worry, they often issue permits for application! If not, you still have several other options available for which you can get rid of those pesky weeds.

1. Weed Cutter

Pond owners willing to take a natural approach for the upkeep of their pond can resort to weed cutter for aquatic weed removal. It is a great manual tool with sharp blades. As you toss it inside the pond, it will slice through most aquatic weeds. The stainless steel sharp blades eliminate the weed from its base because it can reach shallow and deep parts easily.

2. Shovels

Use a shovel when you want to limit the weed population instead of complete eradication. The working of a shovel is such that you have to manually dig out the weed and cut it from its roots.

Grow Veggies For Your Garden

Lettuce or Salad Leaves

Lettuce is something that grows very quickly and at the same time is easily harvested.

• You need to select a container which is about A 4-6 inches, this will easily accommodate 2-3 plants.
• Fill it with good quality mix of seed-starter which is moist
• Using your hands settle the soil a little
• Leave some space of 1-3 inches for watering as well as fertilizer
• Add the seeds of lettuce according to the directions given on the package and keep it in a location that gets some bright sunlight.
• Until the lettuce seeds sprout water the soil to keeping it moist
• Fertilize the plant as mentioned on the package and of the package is already containing fertilizer wait for 10 weeks before you add fertilizer again.
• Once you see the lettuce growing to 2-3 inches in height add organic layer of much at the top to keep the soil moist.
• Harvest the lettuce carefully not disturbing other roots around it and you can re-seed again every 2 weeks so that you get continuous production.

Tomatoes

Very popularly grown veggie in any sized

Advantages of Smartweed

1. Smartweed as an Antioxidant

Oxidation of free radicals is the main reason behind aging. Antioxidant serve as the guard against it. You can definitely lessen the oxidation process with the intake of smartweed.

2. Smartweed for Cholera

A person gets afflicted to cholera when he either drinks contaminated water or eats adulterated food. The decoction of smartweed is the remedy to treat cholera. And it has been practiced by natural healers in the past.

3. Smartweed for Respiratory Ailments

If your respiratory tracts are congested, use smartweed. The herb has been used to treat cough, asthma, sore throat and respiratory infection.

4. Smartweed to Stop Excessive Bleeding

The lance-shaped wavy leaves are known to possess rutin that strengthens the fragile blood capillaries. It stops excessive bleeding.

5. Smartweed for Indigestion

The smartweed is known as the drug that prevents the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal. So all the unwanted gas will be expelled from your intestine when you regularly take this.

6. Smartweed for Diuretic

If you are in the habit of going to the loo too frequently, add this ‘smart’ herb in your

Care for Young Trees

The first 3-5 years are crucial for the health of the tree. With the proper tree care, you can up the chance of growing a healthy specimen. This in turn means reduced maintenance costs and minimises the potential issues that may develop. Make sure you follow the instructions below:

Watering – one of the most important aspects to looking after young trees is proper watering. Young trees can do with regular watering in order to fight off diseases. It is important to deep water them frequently in order to prevent surface roots. You can use the indication of soil moisture on how often to water. When the soil 4-6 inches below the surface of a tree feels moist (not wet), you should water. Be alert for drought symptoms, such as wilted, yellow/brown leaf edges. Mulch can greatly help with moisture retention in the soil. A 3-5 inch thick layer of mulch does wonders in that regard. Don’t rely on lawn irrigation, since light sprinkling for 5-10 minutes a day is only enough to moisten a few inches of the soil. Here are some practical watering instructions you should keep in mind throughout the life of a tree.

Deal With Duckweed in Pond

Control & Prevention of Duckweed

Duckweed elimination can be done using aquatic herbicides in the right proportion. But, this shouldn’t be your first step. As a preliminary step, you should always go for a manual removal. You may use a pond skimmer or a pond net and skim out as many weeds as you can. If possible, do this activity on a windy day because the plants (that you want in your pond) will compress on one side and you will be able to remove a lot. Once you have done this part, it’s time to take the next step so as to prevent its future growth –

1. Installation of a fountain

As already mentioned above, the reason behind its growth is the stagnant water and to curb this menace, install a simple fountain. There are primarily two benefits of having one in your garden pond –

A. Agitates the water surface: The fountain interrupts the water stagnancy and makes it difficult for the weed to spread and survive.

B. Water oxygenation: In a pond, there are two types of algae – aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic is a healthy alga and one of its main tasks is to remove the excess nutrients from the

To Be a Great Gardener

Sowing

This is a very important part of growing a garden. When you sow your seeds, you need to water them using some warm water. Avoid using the ice-cold water as it ends up delaying the germination. After they germinate, it is important that you only handle the seedlings using the leaves since they are tougher than stems at this point.

Planting

When you are planting, then you need to think about every aspect of the process so as not to affect your plants negatively. Make sure you plant in the correct soil combination.

If you have the funds for it, then a greenhouse is definitely an amazing idea and definitely worth a try. Even a greenhouse that is not heated extends your season for growing your own good and increasing the summers. A greenhouse can be an invaluable addition to the garden as it can help you extend the range in the most incredible ways.

For real gardeners, it is important to listen to your own mood and do what you think should be done to improve the garden. You should choose the ideal time to move the plants as long as

Preparing Garden for Winter

Winter is an important time to maintain your garden’s health and assure yourself a good crop for next year. You may think that might take too long to prepare your garden, but the truth is that it takes less than one day to prepare your garden for the upcoming winter. When the nighttime temperatures drop to less than forty-five degrees Fahrenheit for more than four days in a row, or frost is forecast for your area (usually around late October or November) you know its time to begin preparing your garden. You should begin by evaluating your garden design, check which plants grew well in the past season, and which plants did not do well.

Fall is a good time to decide which plants will remain in you garden next year, and which ones should go. It is also a good time to decide which new plants you want to grow. To make your garden more colorful and healthy, be sure only to plant the more hardy plants during the fall so that they can withstand the winter.

Some plants that will do fine being planted in fall are: rudbeckia, Aster Novi-belgii, Anemone Japonica, panicle hyandea,

Arborists Can Help To Maintain Garden

The greatest advantage that you’ll get is skill and knowledge. An expert Arborist has a lot of mastery in all parts of tree trimming & pruning. He can solve issues quickly and easily without wasting much time. He will make recommendations to the homeowners on how to improve the health of the trees at their property. Remember, a renowned Arborist won’t just show up and take your cash for a low quality service. Top Arborists are known for their pledge to raise and maintain the standards set by the international community of Arborists.

A qualified arborist will have all the necessary insurances that are required to perform tree trimming, pruning, and removal tasks at your property. This is something you can’t afford to neglect since you can be held responsible for any mishap that may happen at your home/property, which might include damage or severe injury.

An Arborist will have all appropriate tools & equipment to perform all type of work. You may not know the fact that if a tool is used on a diseased tree, and later used on a healthy tree, then the disease might spread quite quickly. An experienced arborist will always

Keep Potted Plants Safe in Winter

Avoid exposing plants to temperature fluctuations – fluctuating temperatures are the main issue of winter. Going from hot and cold can stress roots and cause other side effects. For instance, it is common for such fluctuations to heave the plant out of the pot. That is easy to avoid when you place the pots on the ground and not on pavement. The main source of heath comes from the earth. A problem with pots on pavement is that it can get warmed up significantly during the day, elevating the temperatures. Then, when night comes, the temperatures drop, leading to unfavorable fluctuations.

Choose big pots – most expert gardeners agree that the larger the pot, the better for the plant. The reason is rather simple: with an increased volume of soil, the plant roots will be far better insulated. A small container doesn’t do a decent job at keeping roots safe from cold temperatures. A smaller container will also freeze faster and dry out roots quicker than a large one. For this reason, opt for a pot that is at least an inch thick.

Plant early – planting your flowers in containers and pots as soon as

Wintering Water Lilies

Procedure to Winterize

Ideally the process of storing starts much before winter arrives, irrespective of you growing tropical water lilies. During late summer, stop pollinating this plant, this will send an indication to your plants that it’s time to be ready for winters. You will be able to sequentially witness the following:

First, the water lilies will start growing tubers. This ensures that they get food during winters. Secondly, slowly and steadily they will reach a dormant state, that slows down their system and helps them in protecting during winters.
Eventually, you will witness them growing small leaves during this time and their large leaves will turn pale and die. Now just when you have noticed this happen, you will be absolutely ready to take steps for wintering them.

Now let’s go to the second step-How to Store Water Lilies Over Winter

In case of hard water lilies, the guide to store them safely is to shift them to the most bottommost part of your pond. This in turn will protect them from recurring freezing and unfreezing and will further reduce the chance of water lily’s survival in the cold.

Wintering Tropical Water

Algae Control

The presence of algae is the bane for any pond keeper because it results in loss of fish life and depletes precious oxygen. But, with a few simple and precautionary steps, you can control algae in a pond and maintain the tranquility of the garden.

1. Maintain the Ecosystem by Adding Floating Plants

To achieve a fine balance naturally, cover at least half of the water surface with floating plants like water lettuce, azolla, water hyacinth or duckweed. Apart from these, you can even add lotus or lilies. These plants multiply quickly and work as shade for the life beneath. The submerged plant like hornwort keeps the water cool and blocks excessive sunlight and keeps the algal growth at a bare minimum. Adding plants is a necessity because they compete with algae for dissolved nutrients.

2. Love Fishes? Do NOT cram them in one pond

Who doesn’t love to see fish roaming around in crystal clear water? But, ensure that you do not add them in excess in one pond. More fishes would mean more waste (through excreta and food) which would result in the fast algae bloom.

3. Keep Debris at Bay

Control Coontail Moss

Let’s understand scenarios that can prevent the growth of Coontail.

1. Reduce the Use of Fertilizer near the water body- Chemicals such as Phosphorus and nitrogen foster the growth of weeds like Coontail.

2. Insert fish- Another effective way of curbing the growth of plant is to introduce grass carp inside the water body. These fishes eat all the weeds and grow tremendously, as a result of the nutrition gained through these hornwort.

3. Apply herbicide- Application of the herbicide is advised in case the plant grows exceptionally in leaps and bounds. Before applying a chemical such as Aquacide Pellets, we suggest that you first measure the area which is infested with Coontail and then apply the herbicide selectively.

Carefully read all the instructions related to the application of herbicide or call with specific questions. Herbicides such as Aquacide Pellets can be evenly distributed by hand broadcast using 100 to 150 pounds per acre.

4. What all You Need.

• Fishes like Grass carp, koi and other effective ones.
• Aquacide Pellets.
• Use shade-Limiting sunlight to the pond also restricts its ability to grow (Aquashade).

Best Season to control this

Garden Maintenance for Autumn Months

The first thing you will want to do is remove dead plants from the garden. These are the plants that thrived in the warmer summer months and are now withered on the ground. By removing these plants the overall appearance of your yard will greatly improve. During the removal process, you may also choose to plant new flowers and vegetables in your garden. You should ensure these new additions are freeze resistant and plan on having a covering for them at night.

When you have the garden free from dead plants, you will then need to grab the garden blower and remove all the leaves. This will be something you should do on a weekly basis, as the trees will continue to lose their leaves for a few months. When they are done, you can then put the garden blower away for a few months.

Next, move your grass to remove the buildup that is beneath it. Carefully go in a straight pattern and don’t worry about getting the lawn too short, right now you are preparing to do some seeding and fertilizing that will prove to be important down the road.

When this is

Make Oyster Mushroom Spawn

Are you tempted to buy oyster mushroom spawn for sale? Let us make some at home.

Materials needed:

• Get some cardboard
• Bucket to hold warm water
• Plastic containers
• Bowls
• Spoon, knife, and fork
• Aluminum foil
• Drill

Let us discuss the steps to make these types propagate at home.

Searching for mycelium

You have to find fresh fungi with stems that are intact. The stems are required for breeding. So while picking up edible fungi choose the ones with perfect stems. If you cannot find living stems or you are hesitant about the quality of local mushrooms whether they are poisonous, then go in for pre-made oyster mushroom spawn for sale. Mycelium helps in producing mushrooms under proper conditions. So make and nurture your spawn to produce quality mushrooms.

Multiplying:

Fill a big bucket with lukewarm water. You can make mushrooms proliferate with cardboard. While making a selection of cardboard, use the ones from those countries which do have environmental regulations. Avoid those cardboards which have toxic glues. Soak the cardboard pieces into this warm water for several hours. Drain the water and tear the

Need To Hire An Arborist

The professional arborists have the experience and knowledge to take care of the task without harming the tree or your property, and they’re also secured by insurance to ensure your assets remain safe if a mishap occurs. Before hiring, make sure that an arborist offers insurance protection in case any damage is done to the property or a person.

A noteworthy issue with DIY tree trimming, pruning, or removal is that the normal individual lacks in basic knowledge to figure out the possible dangers. For a normal homeowner, a tree may seem ordinary and healthy, but a qualified arborist can recognise the symptoms of disease, weakness, bug infestation that may require treatment or tree removal as a final solution.

Keep in mind that a qualified arborist can resolve tree issues that have effectively grown, yet can likewise prevent future issues by recognising and rectifying potential dangers. For example, a few trees develop in a pattern that in the long run drives them to become noticeably unstable, making it impossible to support their own weight.

If such trees are left untreated, then they can fall at any time unexpectedly, jeopardizing safety of everybody and everything in

Budget Garden Sheds

Size

Sheds are usually measured in feet and inches, and are produced in many different shapes and sizes. The most popular sizes are 6×4, 7×5 and 8×6. As these sheds are manufactured on a big scale by a wide range of producers, they tend to cost less than more unusual sizes.

Wall construction

Shed walls can be divided into two main types: overlap and shiplap. Overlap sheds are the easiest to produce, and therefore the most cost-effective option. Their walls are made up of horizontal overlapping planks which form a series of sloping surfaces, like tiles on a house roof. This simple but effective design lets rain quickly flow off the shed walls before it gets a chance to soak into the timber. An advantage of this design is that if an individual plank gets damaged, you can quickly slot a new one in place without having to disturb any surrounding boards.

Shiplap sheds have a higher price tag but are sturdier and more weatherproof. This is because the wall planks are shaped to tightly interlock with each other. They also have an extra lip, or groove, between each panel to help rainwater run