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Monthly Archives: December 2017

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 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 possible gives them enough time to harden off. That way, when winter comes around, plants will be healthy and mature, ready to tolerate the stresses of the season. Avoid planting in late autumn, as that is not sufficient time for plants to harden off. A cool trick you can borrow from gardeners is to pick plants that are used to hardiness two zones cooler from the one you are located in.

Find a proper location of the pot – the place of the pots also matters a lot. Ideally, you want to place pots on the north side of your property, with more shade. Any spot that experiences a great deal of sun is susceptible to big temperature swings and so should be avoided. Then there is also the interest factor: you want to put plants that have attractive features somewhere they will be easily seen. As such, place them near a window or your front door for easy exposure.

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 furniture can be used in gardens or patios any time of the year.

Rather than using hardwoods for frames, more modern manufacturing companies use aluminum frames and weave around them. This makes the furniture more maintenance free and longer lasting than their hardwood counterparts in the outdoors.

Furniture is certainly not the only product used in the wicker weave process. It has long been used for lightweight baskets for hot air balloons, baby carriages, motorcycle side-cars, serving trays, mats and decorations. According to widepedia.com, the largest wicker woven basket in the world is located in Nowy Tomysl, Norway in a garden.

There are many uses of wicker. It is used in making beds, head boards, hampers, dressers, night stands, chests of drawers, tables, chairs, baby cradles and so on. But, it seems, the largest demand is for outdoor wicker furniture. Not only do the materials and weaving materials differ, but so do the costs in purchasing these products.

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 are prone to dropping leaves or if you have pets.

Regular grooming also prevents matting and keeps your lawn’s infill from compacting.

Dealing With Spills

Nearly all modern artificial turf is stain resistant and anything that is dropped can simply be washed away with water. If you are concerned about bacteria, we suggest that you use a half-and-half mix of water and vinegar that can be washed off after with a mild, natural soap – avoid strong chemical based detergents as they may once again cause damage to your surface.

As with spills on carpets, responding quickly is the key to effectively removing any spills. Chewing gum may pose the biggest concern but can be removed easier if it is chilled, so consider using ice cubes to do this.

Stains and Burns

Burns and stains can be repaired but prevention is far better than cure. We recommend that you encourage smokers to avoid smoking on your lawn, likewise, don’t repair vehicles on the turf or as we discussed early use strong chemicals. Oil is one of the few substances that may stain your artificial grass so always bear this in mind when using it.

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 make sure that the security is greatly enhanced. There is no outlook difference. Usually, there is a copper wire at the core of the blade. The wire is able to stop intruders and it can give alarms when one tries to break or cut the razor wire. This reduces the incidence of theft. This kind of fence is most suitable for airports, construction suites and plants and other such areas.