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Create Roof Terrace Garden

Although a roof garden can add another dimension to your living accommodation, space will probably still be limited and so you will want to choose plants carefully. You can choose to grow plants that will give you fresh produce or flowers and shrubs that have long flowering periods.

Shrubs, flowers and also crops can be grown in pots, containers, compost bags and maybe even raised beds. You should choose the lightest containers and compost you can find. All of this can be done in an inexpensive way if you recycle containers.

Plastic containers retain moisture better than terracotta; they are also lighter and more frost-proof. The addition of water retaining crystals to compost will reduce the need for watering. If you don’t like the appearance of plastic pots, they can be painted; and if you have a motley collection of recycled containers, they can be painted the same colour to create a co-ordinated colour scheme. The wonderful thing about container gardening is that it gives you the opportunity to choose the exact soil to give any plant the

Landscaping Tiny Front Yard

Vines are a small space’s best friend. In typical design, it’s easy to add impressive dimension by layering objects based on size, and this is especially important when it comes to landscaping the front yard. Taller objects are behind shorter ones, which creates dimension and can make an area appear larger than it already is by taking advantage of vertical space when horizontal space is limited. In an area that may not fit large trees and shrubs that add vertical elements to a front yard, vines can be substituted and can have the same effect. Use trellises that are specially designed to support vines of size, or sink trellises into the ground or in pots to support smaller vines. We love Clematis because of its beautiful and long-lived flowering. Place vines in the rear of your design, along walls and porch columns. Train them to grow around doorways. Allow them to take up as much height as they can, which will add a large visual element to your small entrance.

Pots, pots, pots! Another way to add size to small spaces follows the

Making Compost

The first thing you’ll want to do is find a good location and build or acquire a means of containing your compost. The compost needs to get hot and needs air flow for ventilation, so a sunny, open location seems right. However too much sun and too much wind can dry out the compost which will slow the decomposition process. Find a warm protected area with partial sun. If you have neighbors nearby, you may want to consider that as well!

You will need a means of containing the compost matter. This will reduce its footprint in your yard, aid the decomposition process, and limit matter being blown out of the pile and littering your yard. Size depends on how much you want to compost and how much space you have. Compost piles can be built in four foot square fenced areas with the compost getting as much as four foot high. Don’t exceed six foot in height or the weight will compress the compost and hinder decomposition. An area this big can be built with wire fencing,

Garden Hedges

The mass removal of hedges from the landscape has had an adverse affect on wildlife. Hedgerows play an important role in feeding, protecting and housing animals, birds and insects. They create much-needed resources to support a rural ecosystem.

But city and suburban gardens too can offer a huge opportunity to create a network of havens. Hedgerows that support wildlife do not have to be exclusively rural; gardeners can play an enormously important role in providing similar habitats.

The planting of hedgerows will create wildlife corridors. These act to link habitats and enable migration. Animals and insects will travel, meet and breed. The wildlife that lives as a satellite population cannot be self-sustaining over the long term.

Bees will in a day, typically travel up to two miles or more away from the hive to feed. But when the food supply is difficult to find, more energy has to be expended in order to collect the pollen and nectar they need to remain well-fed and, therefore, healthy. These insects play an enormously important role in pollinating our food crops.

Most of our ancient woodlands have regrettably disappeared and a lot of the animals that inhabited

Fix Bad Garden Soil

The first method to clear out all the unwanted debris in the soil. For example, you want to clear out anything that includes synthetic materials, weeds, and rocks. Basically, you should try and get rid of anything that provides no help to your plants. You may have to dig a few inches underground in order to identify these debris but it is a step that has to be taken. Rocks have to be removed because they impede the growth of a plant’s root system. You want a plant’s root system to be as extensive as possible so that it can absorb as much nutrients as possible. When you clear out the debris, make sure you don’t touch any of the organic materials. For example, don’t touch things such as dead leaves because they will break down and turn into compost.

The second method is to replenish the nutrients and minerals in the soil. There are two ways of doing this. You can either purchase organic compost from stores or make your own. If you want to make your own then you will need to have a composting bin. These bins will help break down organic waste into

Plant Garlic in Autumn

Some gardeners prefer to grow garlic from actual seeds. It is a tough process and one of the reasons most growers prefer using cloves.

Start by researching which varieties grow best in your area and climate. I prefer German White, which belongs to the hardneck garlic family. A moderately spicy flavor and plump cloves set this garlic apart from other varieties. A German White bulb typically has up to six cloves. The bulbs store well in Michigan when kept in a cool area.

You can buy garlic anywhere. It is not recommended to use garlic from local grocery stores as they may have been treated with chemical agents to slow down sprouting. Nonetheless, you can plant the cloves if you are in a pinch. On the other hand, the best results are obtained if you buy bulbs from reputable on- or offline seed dealers. Start with a moderate amount. You can increase your seed supply over the years by using more and more of the cloves you harvested.

Plant too late and the root system will be weak. Plant too early and the cloves grow above ground shoots. Find out for your area when frost

Design Winter Garden

Flowers can come and go, but plants that offer colour and texture with their bark, stems and foliage have a more enduring appeal; even leaves that are deciduous can last a good while through the seasons.

In most gardens space is at a premium. So plants that add interest in more than one season are welcome residents. The key to success is to fill each position with plants that will thrive in the growing conditions there; whether sunny and open, shaded and wet, dry and stony, acid, neutral or limy. Choose plants that linger into the autumn, start in early spring, or are at their best in the winter in addition to the summer stars in order to obtain all-year-round interest.

When you design your garden, if you use tall and broad structures as a starting point, the rest of the garden can then be formed around them. Trees and shrubs give height and lower-growing species can spread out between them. The garden is inevitably more colourful in summer but when the autumn leaves disappear, the view from the house is longer and the bare bones of the garden are exposed. If a garden is designed

Should Decorate Garden

Chairs and Tables

In the summer, you can going to want to sit in the garden for the things that you would usually sit in the house for, so, reading the paper, watching TV; or even something as simple as having a brew and sitting alone to gather your thoughts.

Therefore, you will need a set of table and chairs. It is better to buy these in a set so that they match and you are not too hunched over the table. You should think about buying a set with an umbrella attached to it so that you can sit in some shade, should the sun become too intense.

At some point, you will also be thinking about sunbathing, so you can buy a chair that can be adjusted to become a bed. This chair might be included in the table and chairs set, or you could buy one separately because you won’t be using it to sit at the table.

Barbecue

In the summer, barbecues become more popular. Therefore, you should be looking for a nice barbecue so that you can have family over and you can all have a good time

Some Types of Colour Flowers to Garden

Salvia. This is a lovely purple flower that has a lot of green leaves at the base. They are part of the sage family and require little water to survive. Be sure to cut them down every now and then to keep them under control and neat.

Coneflowers. These daisy-like flowers come in an array of colours such as pink, purple, orange, yellow, burgundy, red and white. You can plant one colour or multiple colours to enhance your garden. They can also survive with little water.

Coreopsis. These are daisy-like flowers but are glowing bright in colour and have distinctive shaped petals. They come in red, yellow, and bright pink. If you have many of them together, they can add a burst of colour to your garden. They are perfect summer flowers and require little maintenance. The bright yellow is reminiscent of summer and makes you feel happy inside when you see them.

Bergenia. These flowers are bell shaped and purple in colour with large glossy leaves. These are beautiful winter flowers that can endure the cold weather. They require regular water, but they can still survive in low water conditions.

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Irrigate a Garden

A way of reducing evaporation is to add a thick layer of mulch to the ground when it is moist. Aim to make the layer about 10cm or so. The layer should be organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure or alternatively you could use a membrane designed for the purpose.

When using a watering can or garden hose, try to direct the flow of water to the base of the plant so that the roots can benefit. Keep the flow gentle so that the pressure of the water does not erode the soil leaving any roots exposed. Soil needs to be soaked well otherwise the water will just sit at the top of the ground rather than sink down to where it is needed.

Embedding tubes or reservoirs next to a plant can help get the water from a can to roots quickly thus using water in an efficient way. Home-made reservoirs can be made from cut-down soft drink bottles. Water-retaining crystals are good to use in pots and hanging baskets; add them to the compost when you are planting up.

Garden hoses can be wound onto a reel to keep them neatly

Must Keep Gardening Expenses at Minimum

The first tip is to only invest in tools that will make a definite improvement to your gardening experience. Before you purchase a new tool, ask yourself the following questions. How much of a difference would it make if I purchased this particular tool? How often would I be using this tool? If you have a positive response to each of these questions then go ahead and invest. Remember, there is no need to purchase expensive gardening tools unless you are doing it at an industrial scale. Sometimes, it is simply better to do gardening the old-fashioned way. Instead of using automated gardening accessories, you can simply use a shovel to get most of the work done.

The second tip for those who want to reduce their gardening expenses is to participate in seed or plant exchanges. If you live in a community that does a lot of gardening then this is a great way to reduce costs. Perhaps your neighbors are growing a plant that you also want to have in your garden. If you can come to an agreement that it is better to exchange seeds then to pay for them. These plant exchanges can

Kill Weeds Organically

Boiling Water

This is particularly good for disposing of weeds in cracks in a path or between pavers. It ‘cooks’ the weeds and they die instantly. You can then remove the remains or leave them to dry and crumble, sweeping them away later if you so desire.

Using this method is so easy:

• All you do is boil a kettle of water and pour the boiling water over the weeds. Hold the container close to the weeds so that a minimum of cooling takes place. There, it’s done.

I should mention here that boiling water may not kill tough perennial weeds with long tap roots, such as dandelions, because the water cools as it drains downwards.

If you want to use this method on dandelions, docks or similar, remove as much of the top and root as you can and then pour the boiling water into the hole so that it comes in contact with what’s left of the root. This still probably won’t work the first time on an old grandaddy root.

Vinegar

All vinegar contains acetic acid, which is the ingredient that can kill plant life. You can

Healthy of Indoor Gardening

There are many reasons indoor gardening can benefit you. Digging in the soil can really boost your serotonin levels. There is a strain of bacterium in soil that triggers it’s release. The serotonin increases your mood and decreases your stress and anxiety. Therefore, there IS true pleasure in your puttering around the garden.

Indoor plants can greatly improve the air quality by filtering out VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) which are chemicals that emit scents and odors that can be dangerous to us and the environment. They are not severely toxic, but can have long-term health effects. Most man-made VOC’s come from solvents, raw gasoline, and car exhaust.

Asthma, bronchitis, and COPD can be aggravated by these VOC’s. Plants will not only improve the air quality by giving off oxygen and filtering air toxins, they can lower your blood pressure, and decrease your stress. That, in turn, increases the body’s ability to handle these chronic diseases easier.

Some indoor plants that can help immensely by filtering these VOC’s are:

*Aloe Vera – easy to grow and the gel inside can also be used to aid in the healing of cuts and burns. This nice, sunny,

Mowing in Fall

Stop mowing when the daily average temperature is below 50° for a continuous week.

When mowing for the last two times of the year, move your mower’s blade to the lowest setting. This will help the sunlight reach more of the grass.

Keep you grass shorter than 3 inches to reduce the risk of snow mold.

Be sure to keep your mower blade sharp to ensure a clean, sharp cut and to avoid various grass diseases.

Mowing Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore

Do you often feel like mowing is the worst outdoor chore there is? It requires so much time and energy to mow and to maintain your lawn mower. But mowing the lawn doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be a game!

If you have a walk-behind mower, and dislike the effort required to push it across your entire yard, you may find joy in replacing it for a riding mower.

Sometimes a little music while mowing can help lessen the stress and pain of mowing. You can also see how far you can get before the song ends. Set a goal of finishing the lawn before

Backyard Vegetable Garden

It’s also very important to be sure your backyard vegetable garden has good drainage and irrigation. The soil in the area should be spongy and spring back somewhat when you squeeze it. It should not be in a low-lying area, or an area in your yard that puddles when it rains. Try using raised beds to help allow for good drainage and irrigation when you are watering your vegetable garden. Also plan your garden in a location that is easy for you to water.

Take a look at the quality of the soil in the area that you plan to have your vegetable garden. The type of soil that is best for growing a garden is rich, dark, loomy soil that feels a little spongy when you squeeze it. It should have a sweet earthy smell. Is your soil more sandy, clay like, or pale in color? Never fear, you can improve the quality of your soil in many ways. One is to buy some loom or topsoil from a local garden center. If you are looking for a low cost option, try looking around locally reasonable prices for topsoil. You can also add organic matter like

About Chalk Gardens

These soils tend to be shallow, free draining and stony, so gardening this type of land is not without its challenges. What’s more, if you add organic matter to the soil it can decompose rapidly, so that it is hard to keep fertile.

However, there are many examples of wonderful gardens made on chalky soil, such as the University Botanic Gardens at Cambridge, or the Hidcote Manor National Trust property at Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire.

And it’s not all bad news. Flooding is rare, given the porosity of this kind of soil, and it warms up quickly in springtime compared with kinds of ground. Equally, with a good quality fertiliser, and manure, you will be able to grow a wide range of plants. (Dig in lots of organic matter, and use mulch wherever possible.)

When creating your design, bear in mind that smaller plants will establish themselves more rapidly than species which are more mature. Plan to have plants which grow well in chalky soils. These include Mediterranean and prairie plants.

If you want camellias, rhododendrons and other plants, which tend to prefer an acidic soil, plan your design to have them in containers.

Early Spring Pond

Plan This Year’s Improvements: Use this early Spring time to get an idea of any new improvements you want to make to your pond. Will you be adding a water feature, or a new UV light? This a great time of year to get started. The weather is cool, and everything is already shut off for the winter.

Take Inventory: Have you convinced your spouse that you deserve a new underwater light with 144 different color combinations? Or maybe just a new pond net? Having a pond can be an expensive hobby. I like to buy one new major item a year. This keeps the cost low, and after a few seasons you will have everything you thought you needed.

Start Fresh with a Healthy Pond: This time of year, the pond is very fragile. Everything is starting to come out of the winter freeze. Be prepared for anything with PH Up/Down, Microbe-Lift and other pond treatments. Don’t get too excited about starting up your pond. A lot of pond owners start moving water far too soon and end up with busted pipes when the last frost hits. There always seems to be a week or two of spring

Must Pick Artificial Grass for Garden

Believe it or not, the first and prime reason to have a garden is to enjoy the lush green grass underfoot. Moving along on these grasses has an awesome feeling and this is the reason why people prefer to be in their garden area to relax their senses. One of the reasons why people are opting for artificial grasses in their garden is because it looks exactly the same. Not just looks, these grasses have that feeling too which drives our senses crazy.

The durability factor

While buying anything, the one thing which is always there is the durability factor of the product. How long is it going to last? And in this case… How long is it going to look beautiful and lush green? Well, the answer is quite long. Artificial grasses come with impressive warranty periods which proves that durability is not the concern. These are made from the finest of synthetic fibres for long lasting and hard wearing features.

The maintenance cost

The maintenance cost is another important factor and it qualifies here as well. Most of the grasses come with a characteristic of no maintenance at all. This means now

Keep Trees Healthy

You may need to guarantee that the tree does not develop to become unmanageable, when the procedure of tree development is going on. Of course, one of the main reasons for tree trimming is that it makes the tree aesthetically pleasant & attractive as well.

Trimming becomes important for the tree and for you too on the grounds that a well-developed tree looks incredible in your garden or backyard and it indirectly increases the value of your property as well. Apart from that it will likewise help in various ways to keep your home protected from harsh weather, like extreme heat, winds and snow.

Many experts say that it’s a big disadvantage to lack in knowledge about nature, especially trees, and to improve your knowledge you can hire a professional arborist. An expert arborist can help you to know the things that are best for your trees. Remember, every tree is unique, so an arborist can tell you how it will grow and at what speed it grows.

Once in a while, a few parts particularly branches and all die. So, it becomes crucial to expel them on a regular basis. If you fail to

Fairy Gardening With Grandchild

Considering that a toddler has a short attention span, I had already placed some rocks for drainage in the bottom of the container and I had it filled with soil. Also, I made sure all the tools, plants, and supplies were ready to go. I have to chuckle, because Avery was so ready to begin digging in the soil with her trowel. Wearing grandma’s gardening gloves and trowel in hand, Avery decided that the Gold ‘n Rubies Spiraea should be planted next to Avery’s Cottage. For the adults reading this blog, I would describe the plants using the following sentences. “In the warmth of the summer sun the flower buds will open to a prominent reddish-pink bloom, while the gold foliage of the springtime changes into striking chartreuse for the summer. Next, we planted a Hawaii Blue Ageratum in front of the Spiraea, in addition to creating a lawn with Scotch Moss.” In actuality our conversation was more like this. “Avery, look at the pretty pink flowers and green leaves on the plant. Feel how soft this purple flower is. What two colors make purple? You are right… red and blue. We are going to dig a three-inch