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Category Archives: Gardening

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.

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 more sparse (it often is) than the traditional approach to lawn design. As a result, it can work against you if you live in an area where everyone else has more traditional lawns -especially if you and several other neighbors all happen to be putting your home on the market at the same time! However, this alternative approach is still a unique way to achieve a healthy yard that suits your needs. (Of course, if you live in a dry region, having your lawn already xeriscaped can actually be a boon to your yard because your landscape will look better than those yards where the grass is brown and dying!)

Xeriscaping is the perfect choice for those looking for an easy to maintain landscaping design. It can created for virtually any climate which makes it popular all around the globe. If you are considering the xeriscape approach for your yard, talk to a local nursery or landscape design company and learn how one can be created for your lawn.

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 actually make weeds work for you by adding them to compost. They will break down and nourish your garden just like any other plant matter.

One other (high maintenance) option is to use livestock to eat the weeds. Many many will buy chickens or goats in order to have them eat the weeds in their gardens. However, this means also caring for the animals correctly, feeding them, etc. There are benefits like fresh eggs or goats milk, not to mention the aspect of having them as pets. But make sure you are ready for the responsibility before you go this route.

You also need more space. Mobile homes come in all different shapes and sizes and are placed on all different sizes of land. So if you have a fair amount of yard you should be fine. If you have only a small space in the front or back or the house, skip the livestock.

The last option is scalding. This doesn’t work for the garden itself as it can damage plants or soil and wreak havoc on your yard. But if you have weeks growing other places, such as through concrete, or creeping between the slates of your mobile home, you can scald them back. Just boil some water and pour it over the weeds. It will burn them down to the roots and keep them from growing back if they go through a couple of “treatments”.

Preventing Weeds From Growing

If you have taken care of your weed problem, or if one hasn’t developed yet, you can prevent weeds from ever growing in the first place.

Possibly the best tip is to paper and mulch your garden. Dig down a few inches into the soil. Put down newspaper in layer so the whole area is covered. Keep in mind that newspaper is specifically used for this purpose because it is lighter than most paper and won’t weigh down plants trying to grow. Once the area is covered, lay down plenty of mulch until you can no longer see the newspaper.

In the beginning, weeds are stronger and may be able to push through the newspaper and keep growing. Another layer of paper and mulch should take care of this and keep further weeds from being able to grow. That is because you are suffocating them, keeping them from getting the sunlight and oxygen they need.

You can keep weeds from growing between plants by choking them out. Just plant things closer together, even if they are different species. You can also grow weed-dominating flora between your main plants, such as Golden Fleece or Herman’s Pride.

Natural Weed Killers

Herbicides are never pleasant and they can hurt your mobile home’s garden, or the insects and animals who help it thrive. You want something that is going to work without killing everything else around it. Luckily, you can make your own.

The popular recipe that has been used by gardeners for generations is made with only two ingredients: About four liters of vinegar and about thirty milliliters of dishwashing soap. You mix the two and cover weeds… within two days they will be dead and gone.

Some people will also add in a cup of salt but this can be dangerous to your garden. Salt in the soil can impede growth, especially of more delicate plants. Think carefully before you add it to your herbicide.

This weed killer has the additional positive of also repelling many pests. So you will be killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.

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 medium includes: sand, gravel, peat, rock wool, vermiculite, coco coir and many others. The growing medium you end up picking facilitates quick distribution of vitamins and minerals to the plant’s roots.

Growing herbs in the house is a great way for you to improve your plant life. In house grow sites are effortless to build. Opt for a compact room in your home or even a wardrobe or maybe a sectioned off place in your garage. The growing location will need to have an energy source

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 will mow them to death. However, what happens is the dandelion just grow shorter. Keeps it head down, in other words. It was Darwin himself who first noticed this. So mowing is a no goer.

If you are into spraying chemicals, “Roundup” is the best. However, do be aware that “Roundup” will kill any thing that it touches and that includes Oak trees. So when you use it make sure that they is no wind at all.

Pouring boiling water will kill dandelions. You must make sure that you have enough boiling water to soak the plant, root and all. You should see results of this within four hours. The leaves will start to go brown.

Make a mixture of Isopropyl alcohol, that is rubbing alcohol, which can be bought at your local pharmacies. Mix two tablespoons of alcohol with two pints of water: put it in a spray bottle and spray until the Dandelion is dripping wet. The best time of the day to do this is midday on a hot afternoon. The plant will show signs of withering within two hours.

I use a mixture of vinegar and water. The mixture is: two pints of vinegar with a dash of liquid soap and two tablespoons of lemon juice. I put this in a hand help spray bottle and spray dandelions when ever I see them. The plant will die, never to return. However, others will spring up else where in the garden.

Dandelion are very easy to dig out.

The main way of controlling Dandelions is to never let the flowers turn into seed heads.

It Is Not All Bad:

Like every plant, Dandelion does have many uses, none of which I have tried.

Apart from using the leaves in salad one of the more useful ones in my view is extracting rubber from the plant to make tires for motor cars. Yes, you read it right:

Dandelions contain rubber, however before you rush out to your garden you may want to know that British plants do not contain enough to make it worth while. It is the Dandelion grown in Russian that contain the rubber.The milky sap is found in the root of the plant.

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.