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Monthly Archives: February 2018

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 treatment with a pre emergence and Potash the end of October (winter conditioner) and do insect control when needed during late summer or during early fall.

The key is to do the steps indicated throughout the year. You will see improvements in your Bermuda lawn after that given time. Remember to read the label on the lawn care product before you apply it to your Bermuda grass. You have to be careful with the weed killers and fertilizers. Only use products that have been specified for Bermuda grass lawn care.

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 the houses, trim, slim, unencumbered, and just plain the same? As you look down the block, is it hard to tell one house from another? Does it look like the Stepford Wives live there? Really? What is the unwritten, unspoken rule of your block, of your neighborhood? Is there hope for your creative or different mind, right where you are? Yes, indeed! There’s always hope. If you keep an open mind, and are willing to really hear me, I’ll share my ideas about individual gardening or “gardening without a plan”.

What is your plan?

Do you want your garden to look like a professional? Do you want your space to say, “Hey, landscaper here”! Or do you want your green space to say, “Wow, that’s a lot of work”! Or do you want your gardening space to say, “Welcome to my wonderful, natural garden”! Or is your message, “No dog poop allowed”!

Are you gardening to bring attention to your cause or to your charity or to your line of work? Would Bonsai fit the plan? Is your plan to have people stop, pause and slow down in this busy city? Do you garden to promote peace? Or is your garden saying, “I believe in God”! Do you want the neighbors or people passing by to keep on walking or to stop and pause and to enjoy the green space? Ask yourself these questions and a few others and you just might have a plan for your unplanned garden.

Budget?

Can you afford the best for your garden? Or are you on a very limited budget? Is gardening part of your budget in a different way? Are you going to grow certain plants just to avoid buying things in a grocery store? Are you ready to plant Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, and other herbs because you want to be able to pick your cooking ingredients every day — rather than shop for these things?

Budget or No Budget?

Or is your budget unlimited? Can you afford the top of the line in gardening get ups and accessories? Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is and begin creating a most magnificent garden, perhaps the most magnificent garden in your whole area? Ready for that?

Gardening Goals

Now, what is your real goal? What’s your real message? What is the “why” of your gardening?

Does your garden say, “Freedom”? Or does your garden say, “Hey, I’m fitting right in here”! Does your garden remain quiet, serene, unencumbered by whatever anyone else has to say or do — about your gardening? Are you looking to create and organize a mini-farm? Do you want a country environment, a natural environment or are you willing to ditch all that grass and trade it in for common sense groundcover? Do you want to mow grass? Or do you want to have a goat eat all the grass? The choices are all yours!

Or do you want your garden to remain “no work; no stress”?

Whichever is your goal or your statement, this is the place for you because all garden topics will be covered and then a few more. Over the next few weeks or months, I’ll cover practically every kind of gardening that there is. Hope you enjoy the ride!

Over time, we will discuss almost all the aspects of gardening and of other hobbies and of other nature topics.

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 so large that you would need a flatbed truck and some moving equipment to put them in place.

So put some thought into how many planters you want and where you want them because once you set them in a spot on your porches or patios, they are not going anywhere, especially when you fill them with soil to plant your flowers. Of course, that immovability is also one of the selling points about this kind of planter as well.

Once you have planters everywhere you want them; you will have expanded your decorative gardening potential tremendously. Not only can you plan entirely new decorations schemes around these unique outdoor units, but you can also tend to them efficiently because you won’t have to bend down for routine maintenance. And once you have them growing flowers that are bursting with color all around your house, the extra effort to put them in place will pay over, over and over every year.

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 natural sunlight or daylight which helps in having less use of electrical components in the daytime. Apart from savings on electrical bills, they help in enjoying the outer view of the surroundings as well. With the hustle bustle view of outside the employees can enjoy and relax after the mental fatigue and will be informed about the activities going outside as well. The glass appearance will not be only beneficial for the employees but will also increase the value of the property.

The structure is also influential in maintaining a good thermal performance. It doesn’t allow the heat to come inside the premises in hot summer days and doesn’t let the temperature of inside go outside at any cost. This wall is a perfect and economical option for the commercial spaces where safety and elegance go hand in hand.