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Gardens – Garden Tips

Another hectic week in the gardens, the phone has been ringing non- stop this week with everyone wanting something carried out in either their front or back garden, but as usual the trouble is that they want it done yesterday! Unfortunately it does not work like that, with some customers getting quite upset because you say there is a waiting list; luckily these people are in the minority.

Some clients make us smile after telling them there is a waiting list they respond with “but we only live in the next village” we just grin and say politely “it does not matter whether they live next door or 100 miles away there is still the same waiting list” and the response is generally “can’t you just squeeze us in”.

We do make every effort to help these people out, as we know that when you have made your mind up to get something done you just want to get on with it, so we will try and help them by passing them on to a couple of good friends of ours in the same line of business, but quite often the people who contact us have been recommended to us by friends and family where we have worked and so the list goes on as they then become quite willing to wait until we can carry out the required work in their gardens.

Garden Tips

As the last article on advice and tips on laying a new lawn in your garden we thought we would carry on the theme. Yours garden lawns need to be de-thatched or scarified, what this means is that all the dead bits of grass that have found their way down to the bottom and the grass blades that are laying on the surface need to be brought back up to the surface and disposed of.

There are two different ways of doing this, the first method and the hardest is to rake it by hand, this is carried out by using a lawn rake – the type with the springy tines.

Place the rake down on to the lawn, stand sideways to the rake so it goes diagonally across your body, now place one hand at the top of garden rake and the other about half way down and pull back rake with a slight upward arc so that you flick the tines on the rake. Repeat this process, getting in a rhythm, you will find that it will bring the dead grass and moss to surface just leaving the blades of grass standing up with the ground being nice and clear. A good garden tip is to then just run your mower over the lawn and collect all the rubbish.

Method two and three

You can buy a mower with an interchangeable head that you can use or you can hire a dedicated scarifier from a local hire company or even some large DIY outlets.

These machines are used just the same as if you were cutting the grass. Just go up and down covering the lawn with a slight overlap on the previous pass. Once you have covered the complete area use your mower to collect all the rubbish up that was brought to the surface. Once this is carried out do another complete scarifying of the whole area but at a 90 degree angle to the previous one, then just as before pick up all the rubbish with your mower.

Two good garden tips here are if you have an interchangeable head it is best to borrow a neighbours mower to collect the rubbish so you save time changing heads and also do not put the rubbish you collect on your compost heap, bag it up and take to your local recycling centre.

If you need to hire a scarifier another good tip would be to share it with your friends and neighbours, keeping costs to a minimum and everybody will benefit from having great looking healthier lawns next season.

Basic Home Gardening Tips

Home gardening can be very rewarding and it really isn’t that hard! Here’s some tips for growing any kind of plant including flowers, herbs and vegetables that are sure to help you develop your green thumb.

There are 3 basic things that you need to know to succeed in home gardening and that is that plants need light, water and soil to survive. If any one of these 3 elements is not adequate, it will result in weak plants. Luckily, it is pretty easy to get enough of all for your plants and the plants themselves usually come with directions on what they need.

Light

In general, most plants need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. Some more and some less so be sure to read the tags that come with your plants for best results! Study your yard or garden area throughout the day to figure out how much sun it really gets and be sure to place your plants where they will have the best chance of thriving. You can buy plants that like full sun,. partial sun and shade so there are plants that will be happy in every type of yard or garden.

Water

One of the most important home gardening tips has to do with water. Plants need water to survive but too much of it is a bad thing! You want to be sure they get enough water so that the soil is not hard and dry, but you never want to have standing water around your plant. Plants in containers will need to be watered more than those in the ground and more watering is necessary in summer months. When watering try not to splash water on the leaves and petals of your plants as this can promote disease – a garden soaker hose is ideal for this.

Soil

Plants need nutrient which they typically get from the soil. Be sure to use a rich soil that is fortified with fertilizer appropriate for what you are planting. You want your soil to be a bit loose so the roots can easily spread and grow. Nutrients can also be delivered to plants through water which is what hydroponic gardening is based on. With hydropinics you grow plants in a water solution – no soil needed!

EZ Gardening Tips

Gardening is a very rewarding and enjoyable hobby to get involved in. whether you are a complete novice or a die hard pro there is always room to expand. There are many things to keep in mind when first starting a garden one of which is to begin on a small scale. I would suggest an area no bigger then 20×30 feet because this will give you a space where you can grow about 30 plants depending on the size of the various plants. By starting small you can try out your skills and see if enlarging the plot is something you would want to do. Enlarging your garden is something you can always do. Moving from garden hose to fancy sprinkler system is always a blast.

Some useful gardening tips:

The very first thing you want to do is go and find your self the perfect area for your new garden. You should try and find a place that gets sunlight for the better part of the day. Even better would be the whole day. Though if in a place where the climate gets extremely hot that more shade is a good idea. Of course sometimes full sunlight is not always a reality so fear not there are many plants that can grow in the shade. Just head down to the local nursery and ask them for advice they are usually very helpful.

The next thing to think about is the soil. The soil for your garden is the backbone of your greenery. A rotten bag of soil can really hamper your ability to grow anything and cause nothing but headaches. There are different types of soil for different gardens but one common thread is to completely strip your garden area off all debris with a garden tiller if you have one if not a shovel will work. If this is done correctly it will be the best preventative measure against bugs fungus and disease.

When growing a vegetable or an herb garden you will always want to shy away from normal fertilizers and pesticides. There are many organic and chemical free alternatives now on the market. A backyard compost heal works the best but wood much can also suffice. Using a garden tiller to ensure that the soil is mixed well is always recommended. For a standard plant garden that excludes edible plants you can pick and choose fertilizer based on the type of plants. Once again head down to the local nursery and ask them which ones work best for what plants. As previously stated a good ole garden hose might suffice to water a small garden but if it gets bigger a sprinkler system or a drip system should be installed.

A very good idea when planning your garden is to arrange the plants together in groups from small to large growth. The small ones in the front and the big ones in the back. That way you can utilize the space most efficiently. It is also very important to plant in the correct calender month. The perfect time is usually spring but it does very from plant to plant.

A few more notes about watering your garden are keep the water more in the hot months and less in the colder months. Automatic sprinkler systems can pretty much make gardens go on auto pilot . You can also install an automatic drip system. These are sometimes preferred because they are much more efficient due to the fact that they drop water right on the plant and do not water unnecessary area. I suggest installing on of these auto systems if your planting area gets big because it can take a load off!

To bring it all together… A garden can take some work but if you collect the right tools like a tiller and an automatic watering system it will make things easier. The four basic steps to a garden are: Find the perfect area for your garden, create and mix the soil that will be best for your garden, organize the plants by size and features, then plan how you are going to water that place. With a little bit of detective work and time you will have one bang up garden. i hope these gardening tips helped. For a more i depth look at gardening you can visit the site below.

Container Gardening Tips For Amazing Plants

It’s often overlooked that Container Gardening can be a life long passion, a creative and artist hobby, and a simple and effective way to create a stylish, clean and inviting home, a great way to eat healthy organic foods, and an amazing way to connect with nature.

So if you’ve got itchy green fingers, and want an amazing collection of plants and flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs – just simply follow these key¬†Container Gardening Tips!

The 7 Steps Process to Great Container Gardening

1. Get Your Lighting Right

2. Choose Your Soil

3. Monitor humidity levels

4. Water as required

5. Check temperature

6. How to Choose the right container

7. Food & Nutrients

Lighting

Via photosynthesis, plants absorb sunlight and carbon dioxide to create food. As such light is a very important factor. Try and keep your container plants and flowers near a natural source of light during the day. If you have a dark corner at home or your home does not receive much natural light, use a 150 watt incandescent bulb about 4 – 5 feet away during the day. An even easier way to get some light is to buy a plant stand equipped with a built in lighting system. This is a great way to keep container gardens anywhere around the home. And remember light is only important during the day!

Humidity

The humidity required depends on the nature of the plant. Jungle plants need about 90% humidity, sub-tropical about 50%, temperate zone plants (such as North America and Europe) require 30 – 40% and desert / cacti about 5 %.

Cheap humidity indicators are great at monitoring moisture in the air, however obvious signs of low humidity levels are dry topsoil and wilting leaves. Excess humidity is not often a problem except for desert plants such as cacti. Low humidity levels can be quickly rectified by a spray on the leaves once or twice a day, and by placing a pot on a shallow try of water and small pebbles.

Temperature

Jungle plants thrive at higher temperatures, temperate zone plants thrive at between 90 – 100 F. Container plants, flowers and edibles are able to handle relative lower temperatures at night, as long as they are not too low i.e. near freezing. Tropical plants can handle a minimum of 65 F at night, sub-tropical plants about 55-60 F and temperate zone plants about 45 F.The exception to this are the desert plants such as cacti, which have adapted to the plunging evening temperatures of the desert.

Soil

The vibrant organic environment of jungle plants makes them more conducive to leaf mold and moss, and therefore a more acidic environment. A ph of 5.5 is ideal. A good potting ratio for jungle plants is :

25% organically enriched garden loam
50% leaf mold
25% coarse sand or compost

Temperate zone plants have less organic material to cope with, and a therefore more comfortable with a ph of near neutral i.e. 7.0.

Desert plants prefer a slightly more alkaline soil.

Containers

The material from which the container is made – will affect the rate at which water is sucked out of the soil. Some container gardening enthusiasts can’t stop raving about clay pots, as they remove water at a generally faster rate, preventing water clogging of the roots, and keeping the pot cool. What ever the material , just make sure that their are water holes at the bottom, or material at the base which raises the pot and allows excess water to drain.

Get creative and indulge those container gardening ideas. Choose a variety of container colours, materials and styles to add a bit of sophistication and pizazz to your home.

Water

The amount of water required by a container plant, flower or edible will depend on it’s make up and size, and environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and type of soil, as well as the nature of the container it’s self.

Always check the surface of the soil, and about 1 – 2 inches deep to determine moisture levels and top up as required. Too much water will drown your roots, and too little will dehydrate your plant.

To prevent excess moisture loss, keep a layer of rich top soil or moss on the surface of the soil.

A useful container gardening tip is to never use cold water! This may be too much of a shock to a delicate system. Go with room temperature or slightly above.

Food & Nutrients

Slow release plant-food granules can be added to the compost or potting mix in the recommended quantity before filling the container, or at the sprinkled on the surface of the soil. Pelleted granules can be added about 1 -2 inches under the soil surface. If the soil is nutrient rich, additional food may not be required, however a little extra will go a long way!

Vegetable Gardening Tips

These vegetable gardening tips will transform your garden into a magical place that all of your friends and family will want to see. I’m going to go over the basics to turning your garden into something out of a book so pay attention here. These 3 tips will have your garden set up and I will show you how to give your garden a magical look to it also.

– First you will want to clear an area for your garden. This means you need to rake it and make sure that all leaves and other things are out of the way so the growth of your plants will not be hindered.

– Till your soil and mix some fertilizer for the vegetable you plan to grow. Make sure you mix the two up well and then simply apply some water. Do not put so much water in your soil that any is standing, just make sure the soil is moist.

– Plant your vegetables apart. I know this may not seem like an important vegetable gardening tip but if you place your vegetables to close to each other they will not grow as big. Sure you can grow more but if you want the best and biggest vegetables you should space them apart.

Now here’s the best part of all! Design your vegetable garden so that it has a magical look to it. That means put a small waterfall in the background of your vegetables along with tall wheat grass for a magical look. Imagine some pumpkins in front of the waterfall with tall wheat grass and waterfall in the background. Its hard to explain but just talking about it gets me excited!