There are numerous factors which influence the generation of a good garden. Working out the kind of vegetation you want in your yard is, perhaps the first of these and figuring out the best time to plant is the second. However, crucial also is the development of a strategy for dealing with any insectivorous pests, which can, if left to their own devices, destroy months and months of hard gardening work.
If you realise that you have a serious problem on your hands, it will be necessary that you call in a professional pest control service to deal with it. It's not worth risking hours worth of gardening and careful attention, so if there is an infestation of some kind near your house, you do want to get it taken care of.
However, if your problem is smaller and more manageable in scale, you will more than likely be able to deal with it on your own. There are a variety of options open to you here, however, one of the most popular of these is undoubtedly diatomaceous earth. (more...)
Someone once said, the earth laughs in flowers! Flowers are one of the sweetest and most pleasing things to be found on this planet. There are those who don't like flowers, but a beautiful flower delivery at the door, on a special occasion, is bound to out a smile on anyone's face.
Late winter and early spring is a good time to start reviving the garden, especially if you want your garden to be in full bloom during summer months. Spring flowers are also a treat and if you want your garden to sing of the coming warm days during spring, it is advisable to get started early. Bulbs that flower in spring should be planted well in advance, usually during the previous summer. Forget-me-nots and trillium are examples of spring flowers.
Spring is the time for much activity in the garden such as tidying borders, planting summer flowers and vegetables, getting a grip on the lawn if there is one. Some summer flowers include Callas, Dahlias, lillies and, of course, begonias! (more...)
Gardening is often deemed as a time demanding hobby, however in my opinion it is not only time but money, devotion and passion the green creatures along with their fellow residents need from you. For people following gardening, it is either a morning ritual or an evening cup of tea, without which their day would go incomplete. Our Gardens are what we make them for ourselves. For some they serve the purpose of a greenhouse, while for others they are a symbol of nature to which they hold personal association and take pride in decorating. Here I would discuss a practical guideline on how to keep away garden birds from your garden. We all agree that birds add life to any garden but for those gardeners who pick their food supply right out from their own backyard, garden birds pose as a constant threat.
The best way to put off garden birds is to make your garden a boring place for them. This can be done by simply not inviting them in your garden; not putting water and bird food in the garden or putting some farther away from the garden. Use of a glittering material, like disposed off CD's, aluminum pie pans or mirrors, hung over trees can also intimidate the birds from entering your garden.
Use of netting for trees is an affordable and long lasting solution to the problem. Birds do not want to be trapped inside the net so they do not dare touch your plants. Floating Row covers can be used to protect seedlings becoming bird food. They let the leaves grow to a size where birds will not eat them.
Home Pets especially cats and dogs pose a serious threat for birds for obvious reasons. Birds tend to stay away from gardens with pets as they are afraid to be eaten by them. Noisy things like wind chimes have also seemed to help put away birds from entering gardens. (more...)
One of the most common problems that home owners experience in their homes are fleas especially home owners who are the proud owners of dogs and cats. Fleas are also common in homes where previous owners had pets so when you think that you are moving into a pest free home, you may just be mistaken. Fleas can transmit diseases but it is not very common. People suffer more from flea bites instead of diseases transferred by fleas.
In order to deal with your flea problem, you need to be able to identify them. Most fleas are brown or red in color and are about two to three millimeters in length. Fleas feed on blood, that is fully grown fleas. Their larvae fed on organic matters that are in bedding or carpets this is why it is so common to find fleas in your mattress. If you notice a dark spot which is surrounded by a reddened area on your skin, it is quite likely that you have been bitten by a flea. A flea bit does not necessarily hurt but it does itch.
If you own pets, it is quite likely that fleas will try to establish themselves in the carpets and bedding of your home so you need to find ways to prevent them from establishing themselves in your carpets and bedding. Some simple flea treatment are as follows. You should make it a regular habit to vacuum your carpets, floors, upholstered furniture or any other place where your pets may sleep. This is to remove fleas or their eggs. (more...)
As a green-thumbís best friend and ally, a greenhouse is a worthy investment for any serious or commercial gardener. It provides year-round control of the micro-climate, allowing you to set the ideal conditions for your plants to grow and flourish. Not only that but it lets you enjoy your garden whenever you want - rain, hail or shine! Donít be limited to showing off your Iris unguicularis only from the window or when the weatherman predicts a rare clear morning in a drizzly winter!
You can get greenhouses direct to your door and they come in many different shapes and sizes, though of course all attempt to allow as much sunlight to enter them as possible, either through plastic or glass panes. However due to their construction, it is quite easy to shade various plants from excessive sunlight when needed. Most greenhouses also have room for shelving to allow pot-plants as well as in-ground plants to be kept in the greenhouse.
Greenhouses are also very simple and easy to erect. Most require no electrical tools or advanced construction or technical skills, made by connecting with simple aluminium frames and panes. Often the most complex part of the job is connecting the roof frames, but even this is relatively simple. Whatís more is that once a greenhouse is set-up, it requires virtually no maintenance! (more...)
With the modern world getting busier and busier, people are spending more time at work and traveling than ever before. There are no major issues with this however it is having an effect on the people¬ís personal time and attending to their personal hobbies.8
One of the biggest hit hobbies because of this transition is gardening. Go back 20 years and people used to love spending their evenings and weekends in the garden, looking after it ad keeping it looking spectacular for themselves and friends.
As times have changes the garden is becoming more neglected and people just want to spend time relaxing in it rather than actually maintaining it. This article show a few good low maintenance trees that will help any busy person keep their garden looking nice but fairly low maintenance. There is a huge range of tree available at Spalding Bulb including some low maintenance ones. But please take note of the advice below before making your purchase.
Amur Maples (more...)