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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 will require less work than annuals alone.

Chop of their heads to make more blooms. When the flower wilts, cut it off. This makes the plant produce more flowers. Do not throw the dead part into your garden or it may grow mildew and disease will kills your other plants.

Some insects are good. Do not try to kill all of them. Beetles, bees, and butterflies are all pollinators. They fertilize the plants for you buy transferring pollen from one plant to another. Most plants actually need insects in order to survive. Dung beetles together with bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms are needed to decompose dead plant material. This makes the soil more fertile and help s the plants in the garden grow healthier. Most of the insects in your garden actually eat the ones that cause damage. Aphids are terrible for a garden, but they are normally controlled by ladybugs, lace wigs and dragonflies.

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 water exiting from a spout and dropping unimpeded into a basin. Be sure you listen to these types of fountains before you make your purchase. They can produce quite a bit of sound. Even a single arc of water splashing into a basin can be too much sound for a small space. Unless it’s just a drip, the sound is energizing and active, not relaxing,

JET FOUNTAINS are perfect for large spaces since the water becomes rather architectural and rather dramatic. In a large space, seen (and heard) from some distance, these fountains can become a main focal point. But there are also simple, small-scale jet fountains for small spaces, too. The water hits the surface as multiple droplets and jet fountains are typically not as loud as spilling fountains.

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 give more elegance to the scene of a garden. However, the curved lines are the most preferred by some people since it gives a more elegant flower bed designs. Wiggly lines for curve lines on flower beds are not recommended since it gives a wavy pattern for the snakes.

(3) Planting in group for garden flower beds gives the impression of a well-planned garden. This idea is recommended by most garden experts to avoid jumbling look for the garden. Of course, planting in group is not recommended for those stand-alone plants that are in odd-numbered groupings.

(4) Check and monitor the height of your plants on the time that they are supposed to get tall or taller. It is best to give some tags on some plants for your reference on the next checking. In this way, you can easily monitor the change of size if needed for your garden flower beds.

(5) Create unity for your garden flower bed designs. Try to limit the colors and the sizes of the beds if possible. Make it more harmonious as well to give a more appreciating look for the garden. If needed or possible, you can put some specimens of other plants on the flower beds to make it more appealing.

Why You Should Choose Violet for Your Happy Birthday Flowers

Violet happy birthday flowers

Roses are dominant on February since they are used by lovers to mark the regular romance day; valentine’s day. However, do you know that these delicate flowers are also used in other formal occasions? Roses are also used as official happy birthday flowers by the babies who celebrate their happy birthdays in February.

Therefore, if you are February born baby, this article is specifically meant for you. Here are a few tips you should know about violet happy birthday flowers.

  1. True Meaning.

Violet happy birthday flowers represent loyalty and truth, while still embodying some sense of modesty humility and spiritual wisdom. This beautiful blooming flower plant is named according to its vintage purple petals.

Besides, the violet flowers also exist in yellow, white and blue. This colour of flowers also means “I will always be right.” The white blooms mean “taking a chance.” there are more than 500 species of violet flowers that exist and that includes its related pansies, which are lightly coloured hybrid blossoms with the same petals.

With its bright colours and subtle petals, the violet blossoms were used by traditional herbalists since it has medicinal value. And above all did you know that violet flower is an official state flower for New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Illinois?

  1. Celebratory Blooms.

If you have family members or your friends who have their birthdays in February, gift them violet flowers. Since violet is a flowering bloom, the implication is that the gift will maintain giving. When you gift them this blossom as their happy birthday flowers, they can decide to plant the flowers in their flower garden and watch as it blooms throughout the seasons.

The elegant violet trio flower arrangement is an ideal option, as every plant comes entirely with a small pot of soil, ready to be taken to the garden after just some days on the dining table.

And in case your friends don’t have a green thumb, there is no need to worry. Part of this gift can be significant in planting and caring for the violet, or you can opt to get them a different gift that looks like their happy birthday flower.

Bath bombs, candles and body lotions augmented with violet flower scents also give you a beautiful gift for your friend celebrating their birthdays this month. Alternatively, you can go for any gift with an amethyst.

  1. Birthday Décor.

Along with the violet-scented gifts, you can also add birthday cake decorated with violet flowers.  Remember also many people are fascinated with purple shades. This year, Pantone named ultraviolet as an official hue of the year.

This makes it pretty simple if you are planning a birthday party. This colour is currently available everywhere. This turns to be good news to all people born this year. It is easier to keep everything violet throughout the year.

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 your time will be more than happy to give you a no-obligation quote on the work they plan to do and a timeline for getting the work done. You’ll want professionals who can make the mess of excavating large amounts of soil not seem so bad and keep the property looking nice without any massive piles of dirt laying around. You want the project to be swiftly with everything looking as neat as possible.

It’s also important to make sure the people you hire are the people that will do the work for you. If you’re having a pool installed you don’t want subcontractors you don’t know about showing up to the job site. You want to be fully aware of exactly who is doing the work and that they are qualified to handle the task you are paying them for. Knowing exactly what’s happening on your property is your right and staying on top of the project so everything is done the way you want it is the agreement a company makes when they agree to work for you.

You should get an idea on what types of retaining walls will be installed to complete the project and what the costs for those walls will be. Finding the right wall at the right price is the most important part of a major landscaping project. You want a wall that won’t break the bank and also won’t break over decades of holding back tons of soil pushing against it. Knowing you have chosen the right crew and have a properly designed retaining wall will give you peace of mind that the project was a success and that you can enjoy your new patio and walkway without worrying about anything bad happening.

Projects like these always seem like a massive undertaking and once they start they feel like they’ll never end, but once it’s done you’ll wish you had done it years ago. Stop putting it off and call a retaining wall specialist today.

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. For employing this method, you need to keep two things in mind –

A. The water level in the pond should be low so that the weeds become visible to the naked eye and you strike it off from its roots.

B. For prevention of algae and muck growth, you need to remove both the dead and decayed weed stalks too.

3. Rakes

Pond rakes are of two types – electric and manual. The electric rake will simply float around your swimming area and remove the muck and weeds whereas the hand-operated rakes will help you clear both the sticks, dead leaves, and other debris that gets deposited at the shoreline as well as the weeds inside the pond. Now handle even the most stubborn weeds with a pond rake equipment and turn back your pond into its pristine beauty.

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.


Very popularly grown veggie in any sized garden, it can be grown inside hanging baskets and even other containers. You need to place them at a place where is lots of sun light and make sure they have some support for its stalks.

• You need a container of about 5-gallon
• Drill holes of about ¼ inches at the bottom of your container
• Place a layer of gravel of about 2-3 inches
• Then add ¾ bagged soil for potting to start with
• Add seeds of tomato according to the directions given in the package and place the pot in a sunny area.
• When you see the baby tomatoes growing add some fresh soil to the container, this will support its growing stem
• Do plant some marigold flower with the tomato plant to keep the bugs away
• Make sure it gets plenty of full sun light for 8 hours daily


Again very easy to grow are carrots in your home garden and they need a good amount of sunlight as well like many other plants.

• Carrots should be planned to plant at least 3-5 weeks ahead the date of last spring
• Ideally they need full sunlight; however it can tolerate moderate extent of shade
• Carrots seeds should be planted in rows which should be around 3-4 inches apart from each other
• Ensure there are not stones in the soil you plan to plant carrots
• Mulch gently so the soil stays moist, blocks the sunlight reaching the roots as well as speeds germination
• When the plants are 1 inches in height snip with scissors and not by pulling which can damage the roots
• Water it once an inch every week
• Fertilize after 5-6 weeks of sowing
• Ensure it gets plenty of sunlight

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 meal and stop becoming the laughing stock. The smartweed has the capability to stop the excessive passing of urine.

7. Smartweed as a Treatment of Piles

Intake of smartweed herbal medicine can treat piles medicinally known as hemorrhoids.

8. Smartweed as an Oral Contraceptive

Researchers have characterized smartweed as an anti-fertility drug. If you want to prevent conception, use smartweed as an oral contraception.

9. Smartweed for Treating Gastric Ulcer

The herb is known to be rich in quercetin, a flavonoid known to possess antioxidant properties which can help in treating the gastric ulcer.

10. Smartweed for Dysentery

Immerse the smartweed in cold water and let it sit in there for a while. Now, remove the herb and drink this herbal water and see the effect.

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.

Year 1 – a few days after planting you should be watering every single day by filling the tree basin with 15 gallons of water. Reduce the amount of times you water to once a week within the next 3 weeks. The next 6 months you should fill the basin every other week for the remainder of the first year. At this point, roots require not just water, but also oxygen.

Year 2 – when rain is scarce, you should water every 2-4 weeks with about 15-20 gallons of water. Don’t water on the surface, because that creates water dependency and shallow roots. The goal is to water deeply but infrequently, so as to allow roots to seek moisture underground in order to develop properly.

Years 3-5 – watering once a month with 20-30 gallons of water is ideal. That maximises soaking and conserves water at the same time. Keep in mind prolonged dry periods, because proper watering during such times means the difference between a thriving and a struggling tree.

Weeding – despite the fact that trees usually tower over other plants, that can leave them deprived of nutrients and moisture. It is best to keep the base of the tree free from grass and other plants.

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 water – the food on which duckweed thrives.

2. Installation of Bubble Aerator

A bubble aerator is good for eliminating duckweed infestations and keeping the pond healthy. It provides both surface agitation and deep aeration in a large lake or water body. So if your pond sees a lot of commercial or agricultural runoff, the healthy algae produced by bubble aerator will fight back.

3. Add Koi or Grass carp to the Pond

One of the highly recommended solutions for duckweed control are the addition of these aquatic grazers. They love duckweed and will consume it as their main source of food.

4. Chemical elimination

Fluridone is a very effective long term solution.

Hence, prevention and control of duckweed is not possible with just a single method alone. You need to use the aforementioned solutions in conjunction to see effective results. Thus, these control measures will prevent your pond from turning into a green one.