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Monthly Archives: March 2018

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.

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.