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 to go more quickly than any vegetable or flower plant. To keep weeds under control, make sure you have a several-inch layer of mulch wherever weeds may appear. If weeds are already taking root, remove them before covering the area with mulch.

Plant Wildflowers From Seed: First, rake the flowerbed area. Sprinkle California poppy and other wild flowers and cover gently with soil. Sow more seeds just before a rain to encourage continued flower production in spring.

Move Living Christmas Trees Outside: Living Christmas trees should stay indoors for as little time as possible. Once planted outdoors, pine trees can easily grow 40 to 50 feet tall. Their strong root system, over time, will spread and can easily crack concrete walkways that stand in their way. Make sure you plant your tree in a location that can accommodate such a large tree.

Extending the Life of Poinsettias: Poinsettia flowers will usually remain healthy into March. After March, cut back the stems to no more than eight inches tall. By June, new growth will begin. Keep the plant in indirect, natural sunlight and the soil moderately moist. When the weather warms, bring the plant outside and transplant into a bigger pot. Prune as needed so the plant is bushy. Flowers will begin to grow in October and reach their peak of beauty in November and December.

Purchase A Rain Barrel: Don’t let rainwater roof runoff go to waste. Many cities and counties offer rebates when purchasing rain barrels. These barrels can typically hold 50 gallons of water– water that can be used to irrigate your garden.

 

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 figure out the best one to hire. You will find that not every company specializes in some task and likely doesn’t cover the rest, so it is important to make a thorough research on the matter to select the best one.

Check qualifications – it is a good idea to consider the professional qualifications of the gardeners you want to hire. There are several schemes to keep an eye for, and if you find a gardener with any of them, you know they are more likely to do a good job at any task. Aside from that, there is also the physical aspect. You want a gardener who is physically fit and capable of dealing with the job you have in mind.

References – it is a wise idea to ask for references. That is a sure way to know if the service you are about to hire has been used by other people who were happy with it. Any respectable company keeps a close record of their clients and will be able to provide references for successfully finished projects.

Get a price quote – getting quotes from multiple companies will allow you to compare their prices and see what works for your budget. Usually you will have to provide some details about the job and the area of your garden. Some companies can provide estimates over the phone, but others prefer to send a representative for a more accurate quote. Pay attention to what you agree when it comes to negotiations, as you don’t want to find out you need to pay more for something that the gardener worked on. Last, decide on a payment method – some gardeners prefer cash, while others prefer bank transfers or cheques.

This pretty much sums up the procedure for finding the best gardeners for your needs. Follow these steps and you will soon enough have the best service by your side.

 

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 per the requirement of your home. Whether you want a fountain for your room or for your garden,

Relaxing Feel
Indoor fountain helps in giving your home a relaxing feel and environment. After a tiring or stressful day at work, you can feel relaxed and stress-free in your home with the soothing sound of water and the visually appealing look of the indoor water fountain.

A Cure for Humidity
Indoor fountains can act as a humidifier in your home. They make for an effective cure for humidity and dryness in your homes. It provides the moistures to the air, which keeps the humidity level low. It is not only beneficial for the inmates of a home but also make for a healthy environment for plants.

Enhances Air Quality
Air quality has been a major concern for everyone owing to the increase in air pollution. Many people have air purifiers in their homes or offices to enhance the air quality. The air purifiers work by producing negative ions that attract the dust particles and remove them from the air. However, the air purifiers can cause disturbance to the inmates with the not-so-pleasant sound they make. Water fountain does exactly the same in an even more effective manner. It gives out a pleasant sound rather than the irritating sound produced by the air purifiers and also gives your house a much better look and feel.

Decor fountains whether indoor or outdoor exude classiness and can be a great source of reducing stress and tensions. It is a one time investment that you need to make in order to give your home or office the much-needed change.

 

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 overgrow, you invite weeds and other nasty Greenland inhabitants to get in the way of healthy grass-growing, and then you will get the patchwork again.

#4 – Rake
When the autumn season comes, remember that raking is not just something recommended – you actually should do it. All the leaves that fall, they degrade into the soil, and create an uneven feast for the soil, sometimes ruining the initial look of the lawn. That is why leaves should be raked and then collected.

#5 – Clear
Garden clearance is essential. Whenever you feel that there are too many things that should not actually be on the lawn, you should take a rubbish bag and do your chores right. Weather can be quite cruel on lawns and wind can bring about a lot of unwanted items, so be prepared to clear out whatever does not belong.

#6 – Decorate
Naturally, if you want something to be beautiful, simply make it beautiful. Lawns should not necessarily be naturally pretty. You can bring beauty yourself with the right décor. A properly placed patio here, a garden gnome there, a garden patch over there, and voila! You have the lawn you always envisioned and all you have to do is make sure you keep it clean and do your patio cleaning right.

Keeping the lawn beautiful requires work, but pays off with a nice green view outside the window. It makes for a healthy place to plan a garden, invest in a landscaping service, or just have a nice and clean place to enjoy summer afternoons.