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4 Aspects To Prepare Your Garden And Enjoy It This Spring

4 Aspects To Prepare Your Garden And Enjoy It This Spring

When we find ourselves starting to look forward to warm, sunny days and fewer cold ones we know that spring is here. Most of our plants are coming out of their dormant period, which makes this time the most suitable for setting up our garden. If we want to enjoy it this spring, we must anticipate its arrival and start preparing our green space. These are some of the most critical tasks for preparing our garden for your enjoyment during the spring season: · Check the state of our plants. As a result of the cold and frost, some of our plants may not have withstood these low temperatures and perished during these winter months. Therefore, we have to check their condition, to replace them with new copies.… Read Full Post
The Importance of Maintaining a Perfect Roof

The Importance of Maintaining a Perfect Roof

The first thing you would notice at your home is undoubtedly not the roof. Well, to be fair, the roof is way up high. You can’t really see it from down the floor. If something is not clearly visible, it is hard to notice it. Homeowners tend to neglect the roof of their house. This is a problem because the roof is one of the house’s essential components prone to damage. Unfortunately, not everyone would consider having regular maintenance for their roof. There are several reasons to do so that should encourage you to take action as a homeowner. It Helps In Saving Money The top reason why maintaining your roof in good condition is that you will save money. When you let your roof deteriorate, you let the problem become more extensive.… Read Full Post
Preparing Your Garden For A New Season

Preparing Your Garden For A New Season

January is almost over and now is the perfect time to start looking forward to the spring and the new life we will experience this year. Our garden is dormant from November to February, but once the frost goes away and warmer weather starts to blow in, life will grow and bloom and provide us with the most stunning display.  ‘Peppermint’ But what can we do now to get our garden ready for the spring? To allow the garden to bloom and thrive in spring we will want to prepare now: and today we have some helpful tips for you.  Cut or prune trees  The first thing you will want to do during winter is cut down or prune your trees to make them tidier and less wild.… Read Full Post
4 Essential Tips on Ordering Flowers Online

4 Essential Tips on Ordering Flowers Online

Are you looking to get your hands on a wonderful flower bouquet for your loved one, but don’t have time to physically visit stores? Then, don’t you worry! Nowadays, there are numerous florist sites available online that can cover for you.   An online seller will help you make your loved one feel special with a variety of incredible flowers and gifts. You can get beautiful, exquisite, and unique flowers for someone special in your life. However, you must consider the following things when buying flowers online:  Choose Flowers by Season  First & foremost, you need to find out whether the flowers you are ordering in season or not. If you are looking to give someone something fresh, beautiful, and special, then you must choose from seasonal flowers.… Read Full Post

Why You Shouldn’t Let Garden Pests Bug You

Cultivating a garden means putting up with garden pests. One moment your vegetable patch is coming along nicely, and the next it’s been torn apart by slugs and snails. It’s as if they wait for you to finish before they start eating just to get on your nerves. The problem is two-fold. Aside from wanting a perfect garden, there are millions of bugs in a small surface area. Therefore, pests frustrate you day and night. For many people, it’s a burden they’re happy to bear. However, it might be worth letting go. These are the reasons why. Borders Keep Big Pests Out Unusually, worrying about garden pests is a rare occasion where you’re more bothered about the little things than the big ones.… Read Full Post
Dogwood in Summer

Dogwood in Summer

Why would I write about dogwood in summer? Probably because my big, hulking dogwood are growing like crazy and I need to remind myself how much I love them from November through April. I have three Arctic Fire dogwood in our front bed. During the winter months these stems are a bright red. They almost look fake with their fire engine red color and they are the first thing your eyes find in the garden during these months. As soon as the cool weather comes and the leaves fall off, the branches transform into these amazing colors. This photo shows the same dogwood in early April. Until the leaves begin to grow they remain their bright red color. However, these same dogwood in summer turn in to the big green masses in my front bed.… Read Full Post
Beneficial Garden Insects

Beneficial Garden Insects

Insects can be helpful as well as harmful. Helpful insects control the populations of harmful insects while harmful insects destroy gardens, property, and infest your home. Aphids, potato bugs, whiteflies, slugs, caterpillars, and grasshoppers can invade your property and cause the aforementioned damage. Gardens provide a complex and diverse ecosystem of insects and beneficial insects can prevent an overflow of pests. This article will help detail the helpful bugs you might find and the harmful bugs they prey on. Ladybug Of all the beneficial garden insects, ladybugs are among the most well-known. Their shells range from the iconic red, yellow and orange, always complete with black spots. Ladybugs eat aphids, whiteflies, and Colorado potato beetles. Aphids and whiteflies will bite into the stem of a plant and drink the sap, leaving open wounds that don’t heal and can eventually lead to the death of the plant.… Read Full Post
Grasses that stand up in winter

Grasses that stand up in winter

What can I say? Its been a long winter. We had a blizzard on Sunday– a real one. All of this snow is giving me a new appreciation for grasses that stand up in winter. The photo above shows the ‘Northwind’ switchgrass standing strong with about 8″ of snow at the base. The photos below show the same plants with about 15″ of snow at their base. I have other grasses in my garden, but none of them seem to hold up like these. What use is a floppy grass if you can’t appreciate it in the winter? Grasses that stand up in winter are something to be appreciated, quite honestly, all year long. Their vertical punctuation in an otherwise flat landscape is exactly what is needed.… Read Full Post
Garden Gifts to make Mom smile

Garden Gifts to make Mom smile

Yes its early, but now is a great time to start thinking about garden gifts for the special people in your life. I am getting so stir crazy for spring that I might start getting garden gifts for myself soon. Garden Gifts This might sound boring, but its hard to beat a gift certificate to a local garden center!  Yes, I know what you’re thinking, that this would be the easy way out, but what if you include yourself and a lunch after? How cool are these?!? I would love to get these Marimo Moss balls as one of my favorite spring garden gifts. They are easy– you simply take a cool container and drop them in. The folks at The Sill have these available.… Read Full Post
4 Great Reasons to Install Retractable Awnings

4 Great Reasons to Install Retractable Awnings

When we first purchased our first home we felt that it was big enough for what we needed. However, things change and circumstances change like the growth of our families. This means we need more room, but we may not have the necessary cash to build additional rooms to provide more space. However, there is an answer and it comes in the guise of an awning. Retractable awnings are becoming increasingly popular and are a great way to create new space in and around your home or business. There are a number of reasons why installing one makes sense and we will look at just some of them here. 1. Additional Shade from the Sun Escape the intense heat of the sun with outdoor shade.… Read Full Post

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