Apr 06 2015

Tips to start guerrilla gardening

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Guerrilla gardening has gained some major prominence recently in towns and suburbs. This type of initiative is motivated by the fact that people are more and more seeking to embellish their surroundings, even when it comes to planting on abandoned lands and places.

Finding a plot of land

In order to start guerrilla gardening, you would first need to find an appropriate and suitable plot of land. This is very important before planning to start Guerrilla gardening. The appropriate plot might be an abandoned spot in the park or the garden of a public place. After choosing the suitable plot of land for your gardening, then your next duty is to take note of the condition of the land you have chosen.

Type of plants

Next, you need to determine what types of plants you want to use in your garden. This step is very critical. Generally, perennial plants are mostly suited for this type of project. However, hardy plants would also be appropriate as they can thrive with intermittent care. You might also consider choosing plants that would naturally grow in that area. The ideal plants would also need to be inexpensive and impactful plants. You might want to consider the condition of the plot of land that you would be growing on.

Planning

If you are a beginner and are starting out with gardening, especially Guerrilla gardening, you might want to plan and note down your gardening objectives. You could also consider forming a group along with experienced gardeners in order to ensure the success of the project.

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Mar 06 2015

4 Easy-to-Grow Summer Flowers

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With summer just a few months away, you might be thinking about embellishing your garden with summer blooms. For busy gardeners, the flowers below could be an answer to having beautiful and colorful gardens all throughout summer and even until fall.

Aster

These flowers look quite like the daisy and are available in lavender, white or pink colors. These can be found in nurseries as from June and can be planted from tubers. The aster will bloom in summer and will last non-stop until fall. The spent flowers would need to be picked once in a while to ensure continuous bloom.

Gloriosa Daisy

This particular daisy comes in a vibrant deep golden color that seems to radiate from chocolate colored centers. These flowers are apt for summer gardens due to their color and size. The flower can be between 2 up to 4 inch wide and the plants can reach between 3 to 4 feet tall.

Coreopsis

The coreopsis is also known as the grandiflora. These golden yellow flowers are quite fluffy and grow on tall stems. The sunray variety, which is often preferred in summer gardens is a dense and compact flower coming in either a double or semi-double layout.

Dahlia

The dahlia is the perfect flower for gardeners seeking bold blooms that come in an array of vibrant colors. The dahlia grows from tuberous roots. The plethora of colors available are red, yellow, pink and coral and these can be mixed together to add a burst of color in summer gardens.

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Feb 06 2015

3 Ways to Protect Your Shrubs

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Even though shrubs might look solid and strong compared to flowers and vegetables, they would be needing some attention in some cases. For instance, the harsh winter sun could prove to be harmful to shrubs as well. The tips below might help you keep your shrubs safe until springtime.

Harsh Winter Sun

When you have just planted shrubs, it should be considered that these plants are as vulnerable to sunscald as young trees. The risk of damages is increased if the shrubs were pruned during fall. This would expose the trunk tissue to the air. The exposed trunk can be wrapped with a protective material such a corrugated paper or burlap. The temperature would have to be kept ambient, not too warm or too cool. Established plants would not be needing this protection, unless if they have a thin bark.

Protect Shrubs from Cold Temperatures

Conifers and shrubs that have broad leaves are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures. Overexposure to cold might lead to desiccation or browning of their leaves. During cold temperatures, when the sun warms leaves and needles, the plants are dehydrated through transpiration. If the ground is frozen, the roots would not be able to take up more water and this would dry down the leaves. Watering during warmer winter days could be helpful to the shrubs.

Protect Shrubs from Winter Burn

Plants that are particularly vulnerable to winter burn and desiccation are arborvitae and yews. Young plants can protection with pine boughs. Special antidessicant products can also be used to protect the plants from drying out.

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Jan 06 2015

4 Easy Plants To Grow In Small Spaces

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If you have a limited space in your garden or just want to grow plants indoors, you might be on the look out for plants that thrive in limited spaces with minimal amount of sunlight. Fortunately, the benefits of gardening can still be reaped with some plants. The list below might help you in your choice.

Peace Lily

This plants survives amazingly well even in dim light. It has even been dubbed the “Closet Plant”. The plant would in fact tend to be damaged by direct sunlight so you might want to avoid any overexposure. This plant does not require copious amounts of water. An indication that it needs water would be when its leaves start drooping.

African Violet

This plant is quite low maintenance and stays healthy quite easily. This is an indoor plant and does not require much sunlight. Maybe a couple of hours of exposure to the sun in the morning might be sufficient. The soil should be kept moist and you might want to avoid overwatering.

Cactus

Cacti are known as desert plants and as such they do not require much watering. In fact, a cactus is better kept in an unglazed clay pot so that the clay can absorb any excess humidity. The plant should be watered only about once a week and kept in a bright area.

Begonia

The begonia is a great indoors flowering plant. It is tough and low maintenance, making it ideal for the indoors. These plants prefer cooler temperatures but still thrive in sunny areas.

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Dec 05 2014

Starting a Garden With Containers

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If you do not have a garden or do not have a lot of space in your green area to start a full-fledged garden but want to grow your own food, you could consider starting a garden by using containers. The steps below might be useful to help you get started.

Find the Containers

If you intend to grow your plants on a patio, you might consider buying pots from garden centers. You could also recycle old pots and pans that are deep enough to hold the soil and plant. You might have to drill holes in the containers in order to allow them to drain excess water correctly.

For indoors gardening projects, window baskets would be a better alternative as you would be able to hang them outside or inside your windows. You would also be able to move them in or out depending on the weather and temperature.

Choose Your Plants

The plants that you choose would be determined by the amount of light received in the zone where you want to place them. If you have plenty of sun then you could happily go for vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. If you receive a moderate amount of sun it would be preferable to opt for herbs, lettuce, radishes or kale. These plants would not be requiring that much sunlight. Getting started with starter plants might be less risky than starting with seeds.

Get Your Soil and Plant Your Garden

You might want to research on the soil requirements of each plant in order to determine the right mix required by each of them. You might want to get organic potting mixes from gardening stores.

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Nov 04 2014

Creative Ways To Use Artificial Grass In The House

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Apart from its regular use in your garden or lawn, artificial grass can also be used creatively around the house. Artificial grass has gained popularity due to its environment-friendly stance of not using water. Moreover, its texture and look have considerably improved, making it more appealing. You can get artistic and expressive with them by adding a pop of green to your house.

Indoor Garden

If you do not have much of a garden or live in an apartment, you can create an indoor garden with a piece of artificial grass and some indoor or balcony plants. The idea is to measure down the extent of artificial grass you would need beforehand. Just like a carpet, you can then to place the artificial grass underneath a table and chair to enjoy meals on your balcony. You would then need to complement your mini-garden with some plants.

Art Form

You might choose to add a fun look to your home using artificial grass on your walls. You could then include other materials such as fabric and make use of complementary colors to derive a natural as well as modern setting. This kind of feature wall can be created in the kitchen for instance, where you might be hanging pots or an egg basket.

Themed Dinner Table

Instead of a tablecloth, you might put up a clean piece of artificial grass to cover your table. Your guests would have the impression of attending a posh picnic. You could also use a smaller piece of grass just to craft a centerpiece for a garden-themed meal.

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Oct 04 2014

How to care for your artificial grass

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Artificial grass requires low maintenance and is highly durable. To ensure that your lawn lasts longer and looks better, you might follow the following tips.

Remove debris

Debris can be in the form of leaves from surrounding plants and other deposits that might have been blown by the wind. You could remove the debris regularly using either a brush, a leaf blower or by hand. Other minor accumulations such as pollen and dust be easily be removed by spraying the area with water or the rain will take care of it.

Remove stains

During summertime, you artificial grass might be prone to stains such as sauces, drinks, cooking oil from your barbecue or suntan lotions. Foodstuff stains can easily be removed with some detergent and water while stains caused by suntan lotion or nail polish would require mineral spirits and grease spot removers. Rinse the spot with warm water after removing the stain to drain any residual chemicals.

Apply weed killer every year

Think about applying a weed killer or herbicide treatment on your artificial grass at least once a year. This will help prevent the growth of weeds and will drive away the formation of moss as well.

Keep an eye on your pets

Organic matters such as any possible animal defecation should not be left on the artificial grass as well as this might start emanating odours. Animal droppings can easily be washed off using detergent and some warm water. If your pets are often urinating on your artificial grass, you might use special artificial grass deodorizers.

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Aug 04 2014

Will artificial grass harm the real plants in your garden?

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If you have made the big switch in your garden from real to artificial grass, you might find it a little bit scary sometimes that you are mixing artificial products with natural plants. Is there any consequence to it? The answer to this question, as a matter of fact, is a resounding no. Artificial grass has come quite a long way since its humble beginnings. It is easy to manage, and it needs no watering. It literally saves you loads of money from having to use so much water, and you don’t even have to buy a lawnmower anymore as well. That’s a win for the environment. Imagine if every single home in America didn’t have to use gas-powered lawnmowers, the carbon footprint that we leave behind would be considerably smaller! Think of artificial grass as some kind of carpet. You just lay it over your prepared soil, and you’re practically good to go already. That’s the beauty of it, and you really don’t have to worry about your natural plants being harmed because of artificial grass. These two can co-exist alongside one another, and there really is no problem to it as well. So you can rest assured that your garden would stay beautiful and immaculate despite the artificial grass on the ground. This gives you more time to focus on your trees and plants. That’s a life where you wouldn’t have to worry at all about mowing the lawn or having to water the grass frequently just to keep it lush and healthy.

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Jul 04 2014

How to keep your grass green and healthy

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If you are not as engrossed with gardening, it might be a good idea for you to learn a thing or two about your own garden so you can make sure that it stays healthy and beautiful. One of the first things that you need to pay attention to is the grass or the lawn on your garden. How can you keep it green and healthy? Well, the trick here is to find the right type of grass that would suit the garden soil that you have as well as the climate in the city or suburb that you live in. It would be a terrible waste of time and money by arbitrarily picking out a type of grass for your garden without even knowing anything about it. As to the specific requirements of the grass that you’re using, it’s best to consult the gardener who had put them in for you. This means that you need to pay close attention as to the amount of water that your grass needs, and the ideal height of your lawn as well to keep it nice and healthy. A common mistake that people make when it comes to their lawn is that they mow it too often such that their grass remains at a height that’s too short – this gives rise to a whole lot of weeds that can grow in between your grass. These pesky weeds compete with your grass for water and nutrition if you don’t do anything about it.

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Jun 04 2014

Should you opt for artificial grass on your garden?

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Artificial grass is more known in the field of sports. Whether it’s a football field or a soccer field, you’ll find that artificial grass and its primary uses are more at home in this setting where players run up and down the field for an extended period of time. And that’s a type of punishment that natural grass simply just can’t tolerate. After a couple of weeks, you’ll find artificial grass still as vibrant looking as it was on the first day as opposed to natural grass where it would eventually reach the end of its natural life as well. But what about using artificial grass for your own home? Is that a good idea? If you live in places like Las Vegas or areas in arid areas in the western states, then artificial grass is a very viable option for you. Artificial grass has been proven to be more affordable to maintain than natural grass. At the same time, it saves you a great deal of water if you use artificial grass. And if you live in arid areas, that is definitely a huge plus considering the fact that water usage would be quite a concern in areas like this. Using artificial grass on your lawn is a great way to conserve water. Imagine yourself living in a community where there are literally thousands of houses with sprawling lawns. Imagine the amount of water your community can save if all of you switch to artificial grass – a lot of water, by our estimates.

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