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Ornamental Grasses Are Low Maintenance

Ornamental grasses are wonderful plants for enhancing any garden even if it is in a container. These grasses are very adaptable and can grow in poorer soils better than many other garden plants.

This fact alone makes ornamental grasses perfect for containers because sometimes the soil is not as healthy as what one might have in a ground garden. Grasses also add beautiful color and height to containers. Many reasons exist for ornamental grasses to be used in a planter garden container.

Not only are ornamental grasses beautiful, but they are very low maintenance. The plants do well in large pots with a rich potting mix. As long as the drainage is good, these accent plants will thrive.

Ornamental grasses are so easy to grow in containers that rarely will they not survive. They are the perfect plant for those who have extremely busy lives but still wish to enjoy all that nature has to offer.

Various kinds will ensure that anyone can find the perfect color and heights that are desired. With the proper flowers accompanying these ornamental plants, a person can unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer even if they only have a limited amount of time to enjoy these wonderful plants.


Maintaining Garden Plants During Cold Winters

Winter may seem an unlikely time for trees, shrubs and garden plants to bloom, but you can still see a few if you do your research and plant right. For instance, a gardening expert may recommend trees like the Acer palmatum dissectum, which blooms red, yellow and orange in Pennsylvania’s late Novembers, or red, yellow and orange blooming shagbark maples.

The oak-leaf hydrangeas (also called “snow queens”) are good plants that love hot summers but survive hardy northeast winters too. They can be red, purple or white. The enkianthus usually turns bright red in the winter and azaleas can be bright red, yellow or pink.

The helleborus and aloha rose are two exotic-looking flowers that can hold a vivid bloom against the white winter snow as well. Read on for more gardening information because if you know what to plant and how to plant, you can have a thriving winter garden.

To help your garden plants withstand colder temperatures, you should mulch well (about 4 inches deep) in the fall. Reduce watering a month or so before the first frost to prevent over-saturation.

After a few hard freezes, you should then water well to provide moisture to help the plants go dormant. If there are sudden freezes, extremely cold weather or if you’re dealing with young plants, then you may need to cover your new shrubs with a burlap sack or an old sheet.

It’s best to avoid direct contact between the fabric and the foliage, so add taller stakes to your garden supplies list, as these stakes will hold the cover up and away from the delicate leaves.

It’s recommended that you plant your gardens full of four seasons worth of flowers and garden plants. Some people create special gardens set aside for cutting if they enjoy beautiful flowers indoors but don’t want to sacrifice the beauty of their main gardens.

Using a blend of foliage, berries, flowers and shrub branches can add texture, height and dimension to any year-round garden.


Liming Your Grass

When you start to look at your lawn care this spring, try thinking about the soil a little more than just the grass blades. In addition to that, think organically. There are several types of treatments that you can add to your grass to make it green and thick that do not involve chemicals. Lime is one of those important factors.

Why a Lime Treatment?

Lawns just will not grow properly if the soil is not in proper balance. In fact, most people only look at the grass, and not the foundation soil beneath. But in all reality, no lawn treatment will work well if the soil is off. That is where lime comes in, but only to reduce the acidity levels of your base dirt or soil.

You may have heard the terms “sweet soil” and “sour soil” somewhere? Sour soil has too much acid in it, whereas sweet soils are overly alkaline. Extremes on either end are not favorable, however. Grass needs balance, just like we do!

So now let’s all look back to 7th grade chemistry studies. Remember that pH is measured from 1-14, with 7 being neutral? Good, keep that in mind for a little while.

Just like experiments in the chemistry class at your local middle school, soil with a reading of less than pH 7.0 is acidic and soil with a reading greater than pH 7.0 is alkaline. Most turf grasses grow best between pH 6.5 and pH 7.0. That is referred to as ‘neutral’ and that is the target we are aiming for.

How can your lawn benefit from lime application?
Two important elements that help maintain the balance in the soil are calcium and magnesium. Those two elements together are lime!

Acidic soil is not necessarily useless, but is a sign that the supplies of calcium and magnesium are low and need to be brought back to healthy levels so the grass can grow.

In addition, high acidity or low pH levels may also cause other nutrients to be un-usable to grass plants. This means that micro-nutrients are bound up in the soil and grass roots cannot grab them for use. A common example if this binding is iron, which makes grass a deep-blue-green color. Iron binds up and becomes unusable with soil is highly acidic. The greater the acidity of the soil, the greater the need for lime. The lime helps release the iron which in turn, makes the grass deep blue baby!

Keep in mind that lime is not a fertilizer product, but more of a soil conditioner. Putting lime on your lawn is not going to make it green and thick. It will, however, allow your other organic products to do their jobs better.

Applications of lime on existing lawns are best applied in Fall and Spring because of cooler temperatures and readily available moisture. Ask your lawn care provider about lime treatments and when they recommend scheduling these vital landscaping services.

If you have big evergreen trees or shrubs in your lawn or around your landscape Singapore and no turf will stay alive underneath them, be sure to mention this when you call as this may require further lime treatments or other more drastic measures like digging out soil and replacing or amending. If you are unsure about what to do, call a company like TruGreen to help you.

You never want to over-do the lime. In fact, too much of it will hurt the turf and stunt the growth. Balance is the key with any of these products, even if they are organic. Throw in a little Milorganite organic lawn fertilizer, and your lawn will be super green and healthy all year long.


History And Mythology Of Rose Plants

You might call roses the older siblings of humanity. Rose plant, in fact, seem to have existed even longer than humans, judging from the fossil evidence.

These flowers caught the imagination and the hearts of human beings almost from the beginning of human history, and the two have journeyed happily and meaningfully together throughout the centuries.

People learned rose care and cultivation very early, and not only found ways to improve and expand the rose’s repertoire, but also invested roses with special meanings of their own.

Actual cultivation of rose plants seems to have occurred first of all in China, perhaps five thousand or so years ago. But there are preserved wreaths that contain roses that have been found in some ancient Egyptian tombs and in ancient Crete as well.

As far back as 1700 BCE people created frescoes on their walls that included pictures of roses. Rose bushes became so prized in the Roman world that peasants were made to grow them instead of food crops, to satisfy the excessive use of roses by the aristocracy.

When roses were brought by knights back from the Crusades, collections of rose plants began to be established throughout Europe by royalty and aristocracy alike. For example, Napoleon’s Empress, Josephine, is known for creating a rose garden that occupied a large proportion of her estate west of Paris.

Roses often became a symbol of noble families, which is why, for example, the clash of two of those families in England became known as the War of the Roses.

Eventually, through cultivation and hybridization both in Asia and Europe, roses multiplied in number and beauty, so they could finally be enjoyed by common people as well as aristocrats.

Roses, like humans, have multiplied and spread throughout the whole world, and in many ways, they have walked hand-in-hand throughout history.


Healthy Plants In Your Rose Garden

As you set up your rose garden, you will have many magnificent examples to follow. There are books and websites full of photographs of beautiful gardens, whether they are the more formal, rigidly designed gardens of noble families in England, or more casual settings created in someone’s back yard.

Even in a smaller setting, you can go for some degree of formality. As you grow your first rose bushes and decide how to design your space, you will discover all sorts of options open to you.

You need to be aware of a few things before starting your rose garden, however. Since it will be created primarily from only one type of plant, any diseases, insects or other problems that affect only one rose bush will likely affect them all.

However, some are more disease-resistant than others, so if you mix a few of those with the more delicate hybrid teas, you might lower the maintenance required. Also keep in mind that roses don’t tend to look very attractive wrapped up in the winter, so you’ll need to be content with enjoying the beauty of the garden in the warmer months.

Don’t forget that you can accessorize your rose garden as well. Whether you decide to set a rose pool somewhere, or create lined paths among the flower beds, you can create a unique atmosphere.

You might place a bench along the curve of a path or flower bed, or set pots of trailing roses along a walkway. For many people, the meaning of roses is peace, and for others it’s beauty and artistry.

If you plan carefully and keep on top of potential problems as they arise, you can create a garden that expresses your individual vision.


Garmin Fishfinder 140 Helps To Improve Your Fishing Experience

With so many fish finders available these days it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact model that fits your needs best. All have basic functions and some are far more advanced than others.

Many people base their decision on price, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Some people have no need of the more advanced fish finders that chart their location on GPS. Some are perfectly fine with lower end models such as the Garmin Fishfinder 140.

Garmin is a trusted name in GPS navigational equipment. So it really is not a big leap for Garmin to turn to aquatic supplies, such as the Garmin Fishfinder 140. This fish finder is pretty basic.

It shows the depth of the water and the fish that come within its range. You can even set an alarm so you will know what size of fish have come within casting range. You can select a narrow or a wide view if you are in shallow water so you get a better coverage and alert map.

The Garmin Fishfinder 140 may be a basic model and be inexpensive but there is one major gripe. Garmin does not include the mounting hardware or the screen cover. If you want to have those two very important pieces, then you have to pay extra. So in reality the price goes up to the $150 mark.

It still is considered cheap but you should not have to pay extra for mounting hardware and screen covers.


Gardening Vegetable Plants Garden Nursery Landscaping Guide

Gardening Vegetable Plants In A Container

Gardening vegetable plants in a container can be a wonderful hobby to be involved in. With a little patience, a person can produce bountiful harvests from a few plants. Everything from cucumbers, eggplants, and tomatoes can be grown in containers.

Gardening vegetable plants is a little different from producing flowers. However, the basic rules for container gardening still apply with a little revision in order for the vegetable plants to survive and thrive.

Choose Your Vegetable Plants

The container that will be chosen depends strictly on what gardening vegetable plants will be chosen. If tomatoes are the plant, then a perfect way to purchase them would be to find wholesale garden plants. This way many can be bought at once.

When selecting a pot, make sure that it is large enough for the plant to grow tall. Also, gardening vegetable plants like tomatoes requires a metal cage to contain the tomato plant. Otherwise, it will be weighted down when it begins to bear fruit.

If root crops such as carrots are to be grown, one must be sure to buy a container that is deep enough. A local nursery should be able to help with container gardening ideas for gardening vegetable plants such as carrots.

Use A Soil That Will Drain Well

Another thing to consider when gardening vegetable plants in containers is what type of potting mix one will use. The main thing to remember here is to make sure that whatever soil is chosen that it drains well. When dealing with a raised box garden, one must remember that it will dry out faster than a field vegetable would.

By choosing a good potting mix in the beginning, gardening vegetable plants will be easier because the soil will more than likely hold water better. A good way to help this is by putting a thin layer of gravel on the bottom of the container. This will help any drainage issues and will also ensure that root rot is kept at bay.

A Solution To Stress

Gardening vegetable plants is a wonderful solution to stress. While tending to one’s garden, they are more than likely outside and this can promote one to listen to all the sounds around them including the birds chirping.

By choosing the right plants, pot, and potting mix an individual can create a natural masterpiece in little to no time at all. The main thing is patience with a vegetable garden. The process of planting in a container may not take long, but the actual wait for scrumptious vegetables can make a person’s mouth water.


Container Gardens Nursery Landscaping Guide

Horticultural Therapy And Container Gardens

Container gardens have been used for ambiance for many years, but what one may not realize is that container gardens are one aspect of horticultural therapy. For centuries the therapeutic effects of a garden have been used to help individuals that are sick whether mentally or physically.

In the 19th century, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and also considered to be the “Father of American Psychiatry” stated that garden setting held curative powers for people with mental illness.

Container gardens are especially useful in the hospital setting because they can be used either indoors or outdoors. Horticultural therapy and the use of container gardens can be important aspects of one’s recovery from an illness.

Horticultural therapy has many techniques and a few deal with container gardens. One technique is to construct wide paths that are wheelchair accessible for entrances, exits and mobility of the chair. Also, with this type of therapy, a raised box garden is a type of container garden that can be used to stimulate an individual.

Garden Tools Adapted To Reflect The Disability

Many of the regular tools that one uses to garden have to be adapted to reflect the disability. This in turn will cause a person who would normally be incapable of doing the gardening task to have the ability to complete something that they previously thought was impossible.

Another thing that is good for therapy is for the planter garden or container gardens to be full of color with various plants. This will in turn cause the stimulation of the individual to be increased promoting more rehabilitation.

Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural therapy is taught and practiced throughout the world in a variety of settings and cultures. These highly trained people are trained to create garden masterpieces including container gardens that accommodate everyone with various abilities.

People with either physical or mental disabilities will gain benefits from gardening therapy. They will learn various skills that can be continued at home when they are released from a therapeutic environment. Both ornamental plants and edible plants are used in horticultural therapy which is recommended by doctors, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, and psychologists.

Help To Rehabilitate People With Physical Or A Mental Illness

No longer are container gardens just for pretty flowers or small patio tomatoes. Horticultural therapy uses a variety of gardens including containers to help rehabilitate people with both physical and mental illness.

The stimulation that gardens provide help a person to become able to care for themselves instead of feeling that they have a disability. Along with the beautiful and bountiful harvest that container gardens produce they can now be used to help individuals in therapeutic settings.

A person can now learn how to plant and take care of natures beauty and that in itself is very therapeutic for anyone of any age.


Chicago DIY Information and Advice

If you are anything like me, then you enjoy working on your own home and getting things done yourself. The whole “DIY” revolution is sweeping the country and I am smack dab in the middle. But there are still just a few tasks that I hire out to ensure they get done right.

Pest Control

I don’t know about you, but controlling pests like ants, fleas, spiders and ticks just seems like a never ending battle that I just can’t win. In addition, mice are just not my cup of team either. That’s why I always call exterminators like Terminix to come out and keep my home clear and pest free. For some reason, termite control Brisbane seems like something I want to leave to pros, especially in the case of termites. I’ve heard many horror stories with those critters and I am not willing to be another victim!

Chicago Lawn Care Treatments

I am very mindful that anything I put on my lawn could potentially either not work right, or even damage the turf. Fertilizer does not seem that complicated, but there are so many different types that I just can’t figure them out. I do apply some weed control and insect treatments because those are a little more full proof, but when it comes to the nuts and bolts lawn treatments, I leave it up to the professionals.

Electrical Work

I just don’t want to take any chances with this one. All I can think about with electrical work are shocks and fires. Neither of those seem like something I want to have happen in my house. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no problem changing light fixtures; I just won’t add circuits.


I can do almost any plumbing work that comes up, but honestly, I just don’t like it. I can sweat joints in copper and layout a bathroom schematic, but it just is no fun that all. And then, of course there is the time factor. I am a slow plumber and would rather have the rough in done by a pro who can get it done in one day. I can handle the plumbing fixtures and such, I just don’t like doing the piping.

You may have a better handle on some of these chores and are able to accomplish them on your own. But for me, I’d rather hire out some of the more difficult and important tasks, just to make sure they get done properly and nothing gets overlooked. You might do well to take this same advice.


Better Vegetable Gardening Tips To Maintain An Organic Garden

You may be a beginner gardener and want vegetable gardening tips to get the best advice on growing your plants in your vegetable garden. You may have heard of other gardeners in your area and their unsuccessful attempts to grow vegetables in their garden.

When you visit your local nursery, and you are looking to purchase seedlings, seeds and bulbs for your vegetable garden, ask the nursery staff about the best growing conditions required for a successful garden. You can get professional vegetable gardening tips on how to prepare your soil, how and when to plant your seeds and seedlings and best time to water your garden. You may even request advice for the best type of organic fertilizer to use for your garden.

Organic fertilizers are naturally slow releasing and are effective over a long period of time. This is why I only use organic fertilizers in my organic garden. I avoid any chemical spraying or any other chemicals on my fruit and vegetables and keep all my produce organic for my family. This way, my garden produce retains all the natural flavor without the taste of any chemicals.

I have never had any problems with insects or snails or any of your regular garden pests. On the rare occasions where there are any weeds, I always pull them out.