Gardening

I am the general manager of a fairly new apartment complex and am responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the grounds. This includes the care of the numerous ornamental trees we have scattered around the property. Instead of having our regular grounds maintenance crew tending to the trees I decided to hire a company that specializes in tree pruning in Long Island. The company I eventually hired has been in business for several decades and have many positive reviews and testimonials from ongoing customers.

I didn’t want to leave the fate of these beautiful trees in the hands of our crew who know very little about taking care of trees. The company I hired has professionally certified arborists on staff who know exactly how to maintain the beauty of our trees. They know what to do to provide these trees with the best possible environment to thrive in. They also know if the trees need cleaned up or simply trimmed back to thin out the foliage. Continue Reading

Gardening

If you have a garden and you love seeing it bloom and prosper, you are lucky. Should you ever find it a little stressful and hard to devote the time, you can always hire one of the many gardeners to look after the place for you.

Leaving all, or most, of the gardening work to professionals sure has its benefits. For one, you get enough free time to address all of your other tasks. Another notable benefit is that you leave your garden in the care of experts, who are well-trained to handle any task with ease and expertise. Finding the right gardeners for your needs is not that difficult. You just need to follow a few steps:

Decide what you need help with – the first step to finding the right gardening service is to figure out your needs. Surely there are many gardening companies out there, but do they all offer what you need? Take a look around your garden and list all of the tasks – general maintenance, pruning, weeding, lawn care, tree surgery, etc. Then, see which companies do these tasks and

Gardening

Today, we are constantly bombarded with information about the pesticides used for growing fruits and vegetables and the negative impact they have on our health. At the same time, supermarkets widely promote organic groceries, but as you know, they are quite expensive. Basically, your health comes at the expense of an empty wallet. If you have a lovely backyard, you must have considered growing your own vegetables. If you are still wondering whether to grow organic vegetables, get to know the benefits you will get:

You save money – we cannot forget to mention the fact that growing vegetables will save you a lot of money. You will not have to invest a huge amount into preparing your garden and buying seeds. However, when you do the math, you will see that the amount of your investment equals the cost of several pounds of organic vegetables.

The health aspect – when you grow your own vegetables, using pesticides is out of question. Well, your production might not be as eye-catching as the vegetables at the grocery store, but at least, it will be safe to eat.

Gardening

Life in big cities and suburbs can be stressful. It seems that everyone is too busy with no time to relax and unwind. The result is chronic stress that kills thousands of Americans. One of the best ways to relax and have some exercise is by gardening. A hobby like gardening lengthens life and makes your surroundings beautiful.

The space problem

One of the first question that comes up to one’s mind when considering gardening is if they have space for it on their lot. Interestingly though, with proper planning and designing, you can have a garden in your lot even if you don’t have lots of extra space. In fact if you use 3D rendering programs or hire a landscape designer who knows how to use one, you would be surprised at how many plants you can grow with just limited space. All it takes is planning.

Landscaping

If you have a big lawn and you want to add a garden on it, it is important to define the boundary of the garden. That means you have to plan where to put your garden. You can also

Gardening, Photography

After you plant your flower beds and garden it is time to photograph a job well done. Although you don’t have to be a professional photographer to get great shots you should know a little bit about photo taking to be sure that you are getting framed worthy shots of your outdoor masterpieces. Before you can start taking great outdoor photos you need to know a little bit about photo terminology such as the difference between white balance and proper exposure as well as how to get a sharp focus. If you have no clue what these camera terms refer tothan it would be a good idea to learn them and how to use them for your advantage because these elements are vital if you want to take great outside pictures. According to an article on digital photography, it suggested that you never pick all of the focus points and always place the item you are interested in off to the side instead on putting it in the middle of the shot. If you want great outdoor photographs than you should never shoot with less than 50mm and always shoot in RAW format if you can. In

Gardening

Gardening is more than just a hobby. Some people take it vigorously that the art has become an academic discipline for some of us. But above all else, it is a passion that those who are truly skillful can be worthy to be called gardeners and be awarded a ‘green thumb’ badge.

For us who do not understand the beauty and fulfillment of gardening, here are things that only passionate gardeners can relate to.

Under your fingernails can be garden beds

You have used the entire area of the backyard that you are tempted to plant on your fingernails because of the dirt accumulated the entire day. It’s not that you don’t clean yourself, but the constant gardening activities do not really equate to clean hands. Despite washing your hands and scrubbing them clean after a day’s work, you find yourself in the same dilemma day after day.

You think of naming your children Rose, Lily, and Daisy

Your love for flowers manifests in the different parts of your life. As of the moment, your SNS and blog usernames and passwords contain floral words and names. You are bordering on being obsessed with these beautiful creations. Yet, you decided to bring it up another

Gardening

I will be discussing the benefits of Aquaponics gardening over conventional soil based gardening.

So firstly we will look at the benefits then we will go into what you need to look at before you start your Aquaponics backyard garden.

The benefits of an Aquaponics System are:

1. Due to the fact you will not be using soil there is no weeding.

2. Watering is eliminated because water is circulated automatically from the fish pond to the grow bed. Aquaponics use about 10{22ee91a3880f4769bf4ac718830cf5564ad2e019ae11eed3b37bc7cd434b671c} of the water used by conventional gardening.

3. All fertilizers are supplied by the fish waste being circulated through the grow bed.

4. Soil pests are eliminated, no soil is used in an Aquaponics grow bed.

5. Your fruit and vegetables will grow at least twice as fast as conventional gardening.

6. Energy use is a lot less, estimated 70{22ee91a3880f4769bf4ac718830cf5564ad2e019ae11eed3b37bc7cd434b671c} saving.

7. More plants in the same area, up to 10 times.

8. All fruit and vegetables are totally organic.

9. Extremely low cost of growing your plants.

10. You have fresh organic fruit and vegetables to pick as you use them

Now what do you need to take into account when you are planning your DIY Aquaponics Garden?

1. What do you want to grow? It is important you know

Gardening

I have made it my determination never to use pesticides. This was not a decision that I made based on philosophy or even environmental consciousness. On the contrary, I bore witness to the extraordinary ease and effectiveness by which natural predators dispose of the most pernicious and damaging of garden pests.

In the mid-2000s, I began my first serious attempt at a large garden. I did the research about how to do as little work as possible. In the early fall, I put materials over the lawn to kill it. I dumped leaves into my beds instead of tilling. Allowing the biological process of decay do the work would invite a sturdy network of fungi to help bring nutrients to the plants. Finally, I used a technique called wintersowing to sow my seeds outside during the winter. I only planted native varieties, the idea being that they would be a boon to natural pollinators. Native plants would be able to care for themselves once established.

The real work came in the spring. Planting, watering new plants, only to plant and water more new plants, was a daily routine. I was sore in places I didn’t know had muscles, but the garden was

Gardening

You may think that plants only need water but the truth is that they need much more. There are different ways to look after your garden without using thousands of litres of water per day. Here are some ways that you may find helpful.

Covering your garden in compost not only gives the plants maximum nutrients they need to survive but it also locks the moisture in. If there is moisture in the sand you don’t need to water it every day. Plus, over-watering plants could drown them and kill them.

Any water that does not contain heavy duty cleaning chemicals will be satisfactory for your garden. So you can recycle the water if you don’t want to throw it down the drain. Dishwashing liquid isn’t harmful to your garden and you can use that water to feed your grass every day.

You can also recycle water you use for your cooking. Water used to clean your vegetables is the safest since the most irritating component is the sand from the leaves. This only bothers your taste buds and is not harmful to plants. Water from boiling food such as pasta and vegetables is also harmless. Just make sure that the water is

Gardening

There are several among us who believe it is time to change our living habits, which includes using organic gardening supplies. Since we know what type of chemicals are being sprayed on our foods, there are many people who won’t ever return to that again. It’s one of many explanations why a lot of farms are switching to a naturally grown crop. This eliminates the risks that accompany traps and fertilizers, and it creates an appropriate back-up for consumers. So if you fall into this category you’re ready to create a change. A great starting point is by using your organic gardening supplies.

Bear in mind; organic fertilizer is extremely different when compared to the chemical options. However, it’s one of the biggest supplies utilized in organic farming because it raises the fertility quantity of a soil.

You also need composting supplies, which are employed for decomposition of the plant remains. It also gets rid of other living organisms and acts being an accelerator.

Another significant need needs to be nematodes. These are something which come naturally within the soil and assist the soil’s fertility to improve as well. You might also need things like mite predators and organic fungicides or insecticides. You’ve

Gardening

Garden rooms make great additions to the garden and they also provide you or your family with that extra space that can be used for a number of reasons. You can make a garden hideout for your children so they have some place to play when out in the garden or you can choose to have a garden room that is a gym, studio or small office where you can get your work done. Whatever your needs for the room, you definitely will want to achieve the best in terms of putting it together. A few tips can prove helpful in ensuring that you design a functional room in your garden without necessarily making the garden look overdone or overcrowded.

Tip 1 – Think about room space and positioning

How you wish to use the room should be what guides your space and positioning considerations. Remember that the room can be placed anywhere in the garden, even if it is not that close to your main house or on the patio. You can actually hide it from view or choose a sunny spot so that you have enough light coming into the garden room. If you are looking to enjoy more

Gardening

Owing to its close resemblance to the real grass and many other advantages, artificial grass is much in demand. If you are one among those who want to have greenery around, but cannot afford time to maintain it you should consider buying synthetic turfs. There are certain things that have to be kept in mind when you choose to buy this grass. Price of the lawn, where to look for reliable lawn turf suppliers are some of the important considerations.

Quality is the Prime Consideration:

Always remember that heavier the face weight, the more traffic it can bear on it. So, you need to be very careful about choosing the right type. Choose a popular brand that has heavy face weight.

Types of Material they are Made Up of:

There are three types of synthetic materials that are used in making fake grass:

  • Nylon
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyethylene

Artificial turf made up of polypropylene fibres is the least expensive option that the home owners choose. However, this is not a wise decision as turfs made up of this material has a low melting point and it wears out much more easily than the other materials. This material is suitable for the golf courses or for the sports’ field where

Gardening

Gardening offers many benefits, whether you have an expansive yard with room for huge flower and vegetable beds, or if you live in an apartment with a small balcony just large enough for a few containers. Aesthetically, a well-tended garden is pleasing to look at, for you the gardener and for your friends and neighbors. You will enjoy just looking at the rewards of your labor, and the compliments from your neighbors will add to your satisfaction.

The therapeutic benefits also include stress relief in the activity itself. Working outside in the trees and grass and digging in the dirt are great ways to shift your focus from mental stresses to physical exercise and nature. As you concentrate on the weeds, the seeds and the bees your mind lets go of the things that frustrate you. You will discover a whole new world in the soil and in your garden as you watch things grow.

The boost to your motivation and positive attitude should be reason enough to want to grow something. Of course, the benefits of growing your own food go far beyond stress relief. Gardening can be a great form of exercise, if you have beds that need to

Gardening

While January and winter weather means an end to gardening activities in many parts of the United States, it is prime time to plant in southern California.

Plant fruit trees: A variety of bare root fruit trees are at nurseries ready to be planted in January. Varieties include apricot, blueberries, plum, apple, pear, peach and raspberries trees. Give the trees a boost by adding organic compost planting mix to the soil to increase soil aeration and to keep in moisture.

Add Artichokes: Add artichoke plants to your garden. Plant them 4 feet apart. They start their growing process in winter and begin sprouting artichoke heads in spring. These hardy, perennial vegetables can produce artichokes year after year.

Plant Garlic Cloves: Separate cloves from a garlic bulb. Plant them with the pointy part up the clove up-and about 7 to 8 inches deep. Garlic plants will soon poke their heads from the soil and grow during winter. They can easily withstand cold winter nights. The new garlic bulbs with their juicy cloves will be ready for harvest in late spring or early summer.

Keep Applying Mulch To Cut Down On Weeds: Every rainfall (no matter how infrequent) means more weeds in the garden. Weeds seem

Gardening

Water fountains make for a beautiful view wherever you have kept them. They can be used in outdoor gardens of your home or in your drawing rooms to add to the beauty of your indoor décor. However, it is to be noted that both the indoor and outdoor fountains differ in various aspects such as style, size, management etc. Having an outdoor fountain is a common practice, but there has been an increase in trend of getting indoor fountains. Let’s have a look at how the water fountains can add to the value of your home and why have they become a popular commodity to own.

Visually Appealing
If you are looking for ways to change the look of your home or going for a renovation, there can be no better option than getting a water fountain. It not only adds value to your home but also enhance the overall look. It gives your home the required change and exudes the feel of a luxurious lifestyle.

Fit for Every Home
You can get fountains in a variety of styles and sizes. Whether you have a huge house or a relatively smaller one, you can get a water fountain that can fit as

Gardening

A pretty lawn is the result of persistence and hard work, and then some more persistence and almost no hard work at all. How does that work? Here are six easy tips on how to keep your lawn in a beautiful state at all times.

#1 – Evaluate
When you decide to have a nice lawn, the first thing you have to do is see if your own lawn is good enough for that. If you have dead grass, a patched yard, and unbalanced soil, then dig into your pockets and do yourself a favor: hire a gardening service for re-turfing. Some lawns are too old or warn-out to be rejuvenated, or it takes way too long. Better start from scratch and a good gardener will be able to replace the lawn with a functioning one.

#2 – Water
This one should go without saying, so buckle up, make a schedule and make sure you do proper watering. The hot seasons require watering every few days, the colder seasons have rain and snow for that – it’s an easy thing to do, just remember to do it.

#3 – Mow
Mowing the lawn is essential to having healthy grass. If you let it

Gardening

Most people believe that the vegetable gardening season ends in September and starts all over in April or May. While this may certainly be the time with the most agreeable temperatures – where you will spend more time outside – it isn’t true that winter is a “dead season”.

Besides preparing your soil for the coming spring (what we described in this article) you can, in fact, practice winter gardening and continue to grow vegetables. In this article, I will write mainly about two points: To use season extenders for extending the “warmer” season; and which crops you can grow now (in winter) to generate yields in spring.

How can I continue to grow plants even though it gets cold?

You can use so-called “season extenders” for winter gardening to retain some level of warmness for your plants and to protect them from wind and snow damage. This can be:

With this later system, you’re flexible when it comes to size. You can create small row covers just large enough to cover your plants; or you can create a kind of greenhouses, that you’re able to enter and work inside.

The benefits of these systems are, of course, that you use the greenhouse effect to

Gardening

Bonsai trees have been around for thousands of years, and continue to be a popular pastime for many reasons. Aside from their beauty and conversation-starting benefits, Bonsai trees are said to be good for your health. Countless Bonsai owners have reveled in the stress-relieving hobby, and insist that taking care of one helps with focus, patience, confidence, establishing a sense of purpose, and even indoor allergies! Also, growing plants indoors can help combat colds, fatigue, coughs, and sore throats. If you are considering adding a Bonsai tree to your home or office, be sure you are suited for the job. These trees are not your typical house plant, as they require a more intensive care on a daily basis, much like a pet would. Continue reading to learn the 5 element of caring for a Bonsai tree, and then determine if this age-old hobby is right for you.

Potted Planter

The first important part of this particular type of tree care starts with the pot. Without the proper size pot, a Bonsai tree cannot survive. The right pot size will allow the root system to grow and thrive comfortably. A pot too small can be restricting, causing plant stress and insufficient

Gardening

Even on the coldest of winter days you can enjoy your favorite strawberry snacks and desserts without having to pay the phenomenal costs at the grocery store. All you have to do is grow strawberries in a pot right in your kitchen! And it’s not as hard as you might think. Growing strawberries in a pot is actually very simple and a great way to ensure that your fruit is all organic and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or pesticides.

Here’s how to Grow Strawberries in a Pot at Your House

Necessary supplies:

  • Everbearing Strawberry Plants
  • Organic Soil
  • Self draining hanging pot with water collector

Purchase already started strawberry plants from your local garden center or buy them online from a reputable retailer. When purchasing your strawberry plants, be sure that the plant is an everbearing strawberry, meaning it will continuously produce fruit throughout most of the year.

Fill the hanging pot about 1/2 way with dampened organic soil and place the strawberry plant in the center.

Continue filling the pot with soil until it is full. Be sure to use a large hanging basket with good drainage in the bottom. A self draining pot with a water collector at the bottom is a great choice for strawberries.

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Gardening

Each season brings with it, its peculiarities and its set of challenges. Which is exactly what makes gardening a very engaging and enjoyable activity! One summer you’re scurrying around to ensure that your plants keep getting enough water, while during the spring you merely wait and watch the magic unfold. One winter, you’re able to see the beautiful and hardy garden that you’ve grown, while the next monsoon, you’re working on planting your next batch of special saplings!

To be actively involved in each step makes this an incredibly rewarding journey, especially if you’ve paid close attention to the cycle of the seasons.

To help you on your way, here’s a list of plants that you can grow during the monsoons. The rains can often leave home gardeners flabbergasted, but it isn’t too difficult to comprehend which fruits, flowers, and vegetables should be grown at the time. Just take a look!

1) Water Hyacinth: The hint is in the name and these quickly growing mauve flowers are the perfect way to add some monsoon fragrance to your garden. They grow in bunches and will populate your garden well.

2) Wild Balsam: For adding some like light pink to your garden and filling up those

Gardening

Mushrooms are a fungus that has a different life cycle compared to other plants that grow from seeds and die. The living tissue of the fungi is underground which feeds on rotten wood, and this is known as mycelium. This ingredient is needed for making them breed. This is any mixture of mycelium when combined with a substrate. A common form is a mycelium mixed with a combination of sawdust. This is an inexpensive method of making this at home. It is also possible to make mushroom proliferate with cardboard and paper. These are placed at those locations where the gardener wants them to grow.

Are you tempted to buy oyster mushroom spawn for sale? Let us make some at home.

Materials needed:

• Get some cardboard
• Bucket to hold warm water
• Plastic containers
• Bowls
• Spoon, knife, and fork
• Aluminum foil
• Drill

Let us discuss the steps to make these types propagate at home.

Searching for mycelium

You have to find fresh fungi with stems that are intact. The stems are required for breeding. So while picking up edible fungi choose the ones with perfect stems. If you cannot find living stems or you are hesitant about the quality of