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Garden Tricks for Summer

Get Rid of Weeds:

As your plants grow, they should provide enough shade to hinder the growth of weeds, but they still need to be removed if you see them so they don’t prevent more weeds later down the track.

Pick Your Vegetable Plants Clean:

Fruiting plants such as tomato vines can be picked clean as the fruit begins to ripen. This will prevent the plant from producing over-matured fruit and ensures the longevity of the plant.

Water Your Plants in the Morning:

It’s best to water your plants before the sun rises so the heat of the burning sun doesn’t evaporate all the water before the plants have the chance to absorb it. You can also water your plants in the late afternoon but you may have to fend off those pesky mosquitoes.

Remove Dead Flower Heads:

Picking these off will allow the plant to focus more energy into being able to flower again. And new flowers will mean a more beautiful garden!

Get on Top of Pest Management:

It

Aquaponics Indoor

Many gardeners who do traditional gardening or who have a desire to garden but do not have enough land have turned to Aquaponic gardening or farming. This method of growing allows production for fruits, vegetables, and fish. Both horizontal and vertical growing can be accomplished.

Beginners often start their first project in the home. Do you have an aquarium in storage or want to do more with your current fish tank? People enjoy the living art and the décor which this system introduces into living quarters. The beauty of the colorful fish and the greenery adds nature to the indoors while also growing foods. If there is no interest in growing foods many flowering plants may be considered.

Many gardeners enjoy traditional gardening. Some people like to use both methods.

Traditional Versus Aquaponics:

  1. Land vs water
  2. Large space vs small space
  3. Seasonal vs year-round
  4. Gardening tools vs some tools
  5. Seeds or plants are used in both systems
  6. Fertilizers vs organic fish wastes
  7. Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides vs none required for indoors
  8. Hours of maintenance vs one hour a day
  9. Manual labor vs automatic operating

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

Perfect Sitting Area in Garden

Gazebos add beauty and luxury to your gardens. It will give a unique look to your gardens. It not only covers the extra space of your premises but also provide room for you. You can install gazebos, flowers, ponds, fountains, benches and hedges altogether in your backyard. If you require somewhat privacy in your gazebos, you can fix it with gazebo side panels in your yard. The open sides of the gazebos will hinder your privacy. You can surely take various steps to make it convenient for your leisure time. The intensifying structure of the gazebo will give your lawn a geometric feel. You can use them for meditations, relaxation, gatherings and other fun activities.

Gazebos add value and grace to your lawns:

Different homeowners primarily concentrate on large and spacious rooms, useful garages and the necessary facilities in a house like electricity, plumbing etc. Nevertheless, nowadays they are focusing on creating a fancy look to their residential property that will also add immense value to their land. It is not only beneficial for their outlook of beautiful premises but also it will prove advantageous in future if they want to take a selling transaction.

All about 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

Backyard Landscaping

The Main Reasons That I Hear

There are 3 main reasons that I hear all the time. You just moved into a house and you want to upgrade. Maybe you just got married and you and your spouse plan on starting a family one day. Or maybe you are planning on selling your home and you know this is a solid investment to make. At this point in my life the last one is my favorite. You simply want to enjoy what you already have. These are absolutely all good reasons so let’s get started.

It all starts with a plan

Before you start digging anything up you need a solid plan. This should include the entire property you want to incorporate. If not your end result could look like a mishmash of designer magazine. You must know your desired outcome before you start. Sometimes you will run into road blocks that you did not foresee no matter how well you planned everything out. This will happen from time to time. Just remember this though, your earlier preparation will pay huge dividends if this should happen.

Take advantage of the type of land you

Tree Care And Cutting

Knowing how to tend to your plants is vital and it can enable you to avoid these calamities. A tree, just like any other living life form, has a number of requirements to develop and keep up the balance of its own system. A few things that you do with your plants could be hazardous, and neglecting the necessities of your plants can have negative outcomes.

There are a couple of the essential steps for tree care that you need to take to guarantee that your yard remains in a healthy condition, and it will help in keeping away diseases from happening. This begins with planting them in the right zones.

Every plant species is unique, and it’s crucial for you to know its special needs before planting. You will require enough area to help the extent of its root system, so know these things ahead of time and plan appropriately.

Placing mulch around your tree is an awesome approach to keep your tree in incredible condition. It not just keeps lawnmowers from getting excessively close, which could be damaging to the roots, yet it stops weed development, and the soil around from being excessively

Greenhouses

  1. Cold Frame Boxes: Portable framed boxes which service seedlings or plants to become stronger or acclimated to withstand an environmental change before being transplanted into the traditional garden.
  2. Lean-To Greenhouse: The lean-to green house is a three-sided structure which is attached to the side of a stable building, wall, or fence. Its design presents the appearance of a half-house with a slanted roof and three sides covered with plastic, shade cloth, or glass.
  3. Free standing building: A permanently constructed building for the serious horticulturist.

The cold frame box is a square portable container usually constructed of wood with a slanted lid covered with glass or 6 ml polyethylene sheeting. The purpose of the cold frame is to transplant young seedlings from an indoor setting to a temporary controlled environment before being planted into the main garden area. It helps the seedlings to not experience sudden shock or die from the abrupt temperature changes.

The Lean-to is often referred to as a half-house with a vertical slanted roof. The convenience of this style is its placement. It is most often placed against the wall of a house, barn, shed, or other stable structure which allows for the added convenience

Care For Bermuda Grass

A homeowner can have a Bermuda lawn just by following the step-by-step program of Bermuda grass lawn care. With proper watering and mowing, the Bermuda lawn will grow healthy and strong.

Bermuda spreads through stolons and rhizomes. These are the above-ground stems and spreading roots respectively. Because these spread fast, the homeowner must be vigilant when it comes to keeping out of shrub or flower borders. Bermuda that has become wayward is easy to dig during the winter because it has become dormant.

Here are some steps to remedy the weed problems on Bermuda lawn care:

1. Apply pre-emergences during very early spring.

2. Control the lawn weeds during early spring.

3. Apply fertilizer during late spring after 50% green up. Do insect control when necessary.

4. Bermuda likes acid soils. When needed to raise pH, apply lime during the late fall.

Here are some steps to maintain your Bermuda lawn’s good condition

1. Apply high nitrogen fertilizers every month to six weeks during the summer months

2. Apply fertilizer until early September and do insect control during late spring or during early summer.

3. Apply winter lawn

Gardening Without a Plan

Condo Gardening

If you live in a condo or in an apartment, then your gardening might be limited to flowerpot gardening, or windowsill gardening or patio gardening. Whatever the case, you can still garden! There are ways to do this –even in apartments and even in the strictest condos. Ears open now?

Private Home Gardening

If you live in a home, your own home, you might have less rules than a condo has, yet, even in most neighborhoods, you have that “unspoken” rule, “green grass rules”! Not to worry, you, too, can garden. You can still have your own personal space, your own style and stay right where you are.

Mansion Gardening

If you live in a mansion, yes, a mansion, you can still be a personal gardener for your own space. The key to happiness is all in knowing or realizing that, yes, “YOU CAN DO IT”!

What’s your message?

So, what is your neighborhood “statement” or unwritten rule? Look around you to find out what that is. Are all the yards bright green, no wholes in the lawn, just perfect, rectangular pieces of real or fake grass? Are all

Concrete Planters

The new aspect that sturdy outdoor container add is height. Whereas most of your planting occurs on a horizontal plane roughly parallel with the earth, by elevating some of your garden to a 3-4 foot height, you expand your range of expression and the options for decorating tremendously.

Outdoor planters not only are tremendously sturdy installations but you can add as many as you wish and they only help an existing decorating scheme for your yard. It is vital that when you buy or make an outdoor planter that you use a very tough material. That is why concrete is often the building material of choice because it not only will stand up against every conceivable type of weather, you can get a planter made of concrete in a lot of styles and colors.

The economy of buying planters constructed out of concrete makes them attractive for a relatively low price, you can virtually overhaul the look of your exterior decorating. The most prominent issue to think about when bringing in several planters like this is the weight of transportation. A container that stands 4 foot high and that has a large planting area could be

Curtain Walling

In the middle ages, the castles or tombs needed some protective and secure option to be safe from intruders. Earlier these walls were made of stones which were very effective and did not rot easily as well. Now with the passing time, the look and feel of the space became an important aspect as well apart from protection and safety. Today’s curtain walls are made up of aluminium frames and glass material to make it look appealing yet strong as a whole. In the present structure, a thin wall of glass is attached or affixed to the building exterior along with the frames of a robust and pocket-friendly material called aluminium. This wall is proven helpful in keeping the wind and water outside. The wall being horizontal in shape does allow space or facility to have an overall stable structure.

The material of this structure is very lightweight and doesn’t put any pressure or force on the building. People who love going with the durability and ecstasy should go for the combination of timber along with aluminium as it is very strong and beautiful to look as well.

Being transparent, they are a great source of

Xeriscape Landscape Design

If you are considering a new approach for your lawn, then think about these advantages of xeriscaping:

· Although it can be a bit pricey to get started, once the xeriscape is in place, your landscape design will require little to no work. This means that your investment will last for years to come.

· Opting for xeriscape means less water used for landscape care, which means less money spent on utility bills – especially during the growing season.

· You don’t have to live in a desert like area. There are plants perfect for xeriscaping no matter where you live.

· Speaking of plants, there are numerous plants that can be used -you aren’t limited just to cacti!

· Xeriscaping helps you minimize your environment al footprint and impact as much as possible.

· No need to spend time cutting back hedges, weeding, watering and other redundant jobs associated with landscaping.

Of course, the xeriscapes landscape design is not for everyone. After all, there are many people out there who like nothing better than to work in the yard. These people often feel that this type of landscape design seems

Avoiding Weeds In Mobile Home Garden

Removing Weeds From Your Mobile Home’s Garden

The first step to managing a weed problem is taking care of the one that is already there. Pulling them is the most effective way of getting them out because it yanks out the root that, if left, would allow them to grow back. Weed wackers can pull some of them, but others will only get cut at the soil level. The problem will only keep recurring.

Wait until you have either watered your garden, or there has been a significant rain and the soil is damp and soft. If the soil is too hard you will break them off without the root when you pull them off. If you have harder soil that isn’t softening, use a hand shovel or other gardening tool to break through around the root of the weed. Be sure to wear thick gardening gloves, as many weed types can be hard on the skin and even cause rashes or cuts when you pull them.

What do you do with the weeds when they are pulled out? You can just toss them, sure, but then what good have they ever done? You can

Hydroponic Farming

Hydroponics horticulture is as elementary as common gardening. Each of them need an adequate amount of light, water, heat, in addition to moisture content. However with hydroponic growing, absolutely no soil is applied. Instead a soil substitution supports the plants roots whilst nutrition are transported by the water. Household hydroponic gardening is not that hard and plants and flowers respond effectively to this technique for growing.

Hydroponics farming should be as difficult as you allow it to become. It could be tricky if computing devices with alerts are used to control water cycles, nutrients, and light for the plants and flowers. Having said that, it’s also as elementary as a hand watered container which has a solitary plant.

As a flower develops, its nutrient requirements vary day by day. By way of example, nitrogen aids first stages of development such as root system growth, and phosphorous aids later development, for example fruit or flower development. Fitting two nutrient reservoirs can certainly make the bi-monthy switch of water and nutritional ingredients uncomplicated, especially if a new comer to hydroponics.

It’s important that you employ a suitable growing medium in your hydroponics garden. The variety of growing

Deal With Dandelions

Soil Type:

Dandelions need sun and light soil to grow well, however they will grow in any type of soil partially recently disturbed soil. So, having deserted the herb garden you will find them everywhere and how they relish it.

How they spread:

After they flower, they produce a seed head that blows on the wind or even a slight breeze. It has been estimated that a seed will travel up to a hundred miles. How they worked that one out, I have no idea. What I do know is that last autumn we had sand on our cars here in Oxford that had blown over from North Africa, so anything is possible. Dandelions are a master of endurance and you may be dismayed of never getting rid of them. However, they are ways of controlling them.

Iron Resolve

Getting rid of Dandelions must be treated as warfare with its goal: total annihilation of the plant. You must approach the task with a harshness and iron will, ferociously obliterating the Dandelion in your garden

How To Control Dandelions:

If they are in your lawn, you may think to your self: I

Potted Plants Safe in Winter

There are many challenges for your potted plants during winter: drying out, wind, sudden temperature drops and root damage, to name a few. Even hardy plants, which are acclimated to your zone, can sustain damage during the cold season. The top part of a plant may be dormant, but the roots don’t enter such a state. Any plant in a container will have its roots exposed to ambient temperatures. Here is how you can protect root systems in the 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

Wicker Furniture

The wicker furniture weaving process has certainly evolved over the last two hundred years. Today the wicker furniture process is markedly different, and the modern-day contemporary wicker furniture is as well. The contemporary furniture of today has much sleeker lines and the weaving is tighter and less ornate.

The labor-intensive process of weaving by hand has been replaced with machinery that can weave different patterns and designs. Then, attach the woven material to bamboo, rattan or other hardwoods, metal or aluminum frames for the finished product.

The very elaborate high back woven chairs of the Victorian Era have been replaced with simple woven designs. The products that are produced today are easier to clean and maintain and weather well due to the synthetic materials that are used.

This type of furniture is available in many different colors, sizes and shapes. It is available in as a single piece, sets of two, three, four or more pieces to mix and match for the perfect outdoor seating arrangements. It has also become very popular for outdoor patios, backyard pools, and for intimate garden areas. It is very popular in seating conversation sets or outdoor dining sets. Wicker

Cleaning Artificial Lawn

One of the most important things that you will need to do is to ensure that your artificial lawn is kept clean. How often this needs to be done will depend on a number of different factors, including the proximity to trees and shrubs, outdoor pets and children. If you live in a dusty area, once again you may need to spend a little longer keeping your artificial lawn in tip-top condition. Regardless of the factors that you may face individually, we would strongly recommend taking the following steps to protect your investment.

Conduct Weekly Maintenance

This may be something that you wanted to avoid but we would recommend giving your lawn a light rinse each week to keep the fibres free from dust and any other debris that may have accumulated.

Monthly Maintenance

Conducting a more thorough clean on a monthly basis will help to keep your artificial lawn looking clean, green and inviting. We would suggest using a stiff brush or broom and maybe a flexible lawn rake. Avoid steel bristles as this will damage the surface.

This may need to be conducted more frequently if you have trees nearby that

Usage of Concertina Wire

Areas of application

Due to how it is created, concertina wire is used for purposes of security and the isolation of residences, gardens, military sites and all other areas that may be in need of the highest level of security.

Types

Concertina wire comes in five types. They are:

Single coil razor wire: this is usually razor wire coils that are strip processed and also steel plates that are galvanized. This type of wire is extended in a way that it offers a temporary obstacle. With this one, you do not need any kind of clips to hold it in place since it isn’t meant for permanent purposes.

Large coils crossed concertina wire: this is made of spirals where razor wire is clipped together so as to create fencing that offers much better security than the single coil types.

The y post supported wire fences: this is wire that is mounted at the top of fence posts with the shape Y. These are best used for purposes by creating obstacle barriers.

Electrified wires: they are also referred to as electrified fence. These are usually used together with electricity so as to