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How to Look After the Trees in Your Garden

How to Look After the Trees in Your Garden

It’s spring, and you might be thinking about planting a new tree in your garden. That’s an excellent idea, but first, make sure you know what tree you are planting, where to plant it, and how to look after it, especially in the early days when the young tree needs extra attention.  Planting Locations  Sometimes you have trees in your garden already that are well-established; other times, you want to bring in new additions to add color and character to your garden. If you intend to plant a new tree, you need to think about the tree’s location carefully. Allow the roots to grow freely.  The trouble with some trees is they are too close to the house, and the tree roots move into the foundations causing cracks and expensive foundation issues. Other times the roots reach for the water and sewage pipes, causing issues in the winter. So think carefully before you plant.      Adequate Watering  If your tree is new or young, you need to water it frequently; however, it’s important you don’t overwater it either because this can lead to tree rot. After you plant your new tree, spray some water on it rather than watering the soil and mulch around the roots. Spray tree for 30 seconds.  If you have recently planted the tree, you need to spray it for 30 seconds and avoid pouring water into the roots. Similarly, if the tree is less than 2 years old, you need to water it like this whenever it looks too dry. Young trees need enough water to strengthen their roots for growing.  Adequate Mulching  Mulch consists...
Essential Flower Gardening Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know

Essential Flower Gardening Tips and Tricks Everyone Should Know

There is nothing quite like the beauty of a garden full of flowers. A well-maintained flower garden can add a touch of elegance to any home, and it can also be a great source of enjoyment for homeowners and their guests. If you are interested in starting a flower garden or improving your gardening skills, you will want to read on for some essential tips and tricks! Photo by Jill Wellington:  1) Start with a plan Before you start digging in the dirt, it is crucial to take some time to plan out your garden. First, decide what kinds of flowers you would like to grow, and then research which varieties will thrive in your climate and soil type. Once you have a plan in place, you can begin mapping out where each plant will go. If you are new to gardening, it might be helpful to start small with just a few different types of flowers. This way, you can get a feel for how much work is involved and whether or not you enjoy the process. You can always add more plants to your garden later on! 2) Choose suitable soil One of the most important things to consider when starting a flower garden is the type of soil you will be using. Different plants prefer different types of soil, so it is essential to do your research before purchasing. Ask a staff member at your local nursery or gardening store if you are unsure about what kind of soil to get. They will be able to help you choose the right option for your plants. If...
Upgrades To Consider For Your Garden This Summer

Upgrades To Consider For Your Garden This Summer

Summertime is almost upon us, and following the previous year, people everywhere are looking forward to it even more. Wishing for the sun to shine, to be able to sit back in the backyard with friends and family, to have a couple of glasses of wine, while dinner cooks on the Grill for you in the background, and to hear your children laughing and playing blissfully. Doesn’t that sound perfect? So, let’s make the most of this summer by spending time in the garden with loved ones, savouring the small pleasures. Here are some ideas for making your yard stand out this year so you can spend all day relaxing in it. This year, replacing some of the kid’s outdoor toys and garden play equipment is a must. There are numerous options and playsets obtainable that will allow children to enjoy being out and about rather than being hooked to computers and tablets during the summer season, wasting their time inside. Most play places now include a treehouse, slide, swing, and a variety of other exciting play features. They are durable and endure a long time, so they are a wise investment. You may also put a sandpit on the lawn so they can play and construct sandcastles without having to go to the beach. Growing your own veggies and fruit is one way to make your backyard shine apart from others. You don’t need a green thumb or a lot of room. When you begin small and observe how issues go, do some study and then add additional elements as you are comfortable. Strawberries, tomatoes, and fruit trees...
How To Fall In Love With Your Garden Again

How To Fall In Love With Your Garden Again

No matter how much you enjoy gardening, there can often be times when caring for it gets to be too much. Whether the work is getting hard for you, you have a lot of work to do to bring your garden back to life after the winter, or you’ve had to neglect your garden for a while due to a busy period, it can feel hard to get back to feeling excited about your outdoor space again. Here are a few tips to help you.  Tidy Up If your garden hasn’t been getting the love it deserves, you probably have some tidying up to do. Start by raking and sweeping up any dead leaves, twigs and other debris. Concentrate on patios and pathways. If your lawn is looking thin, you can add in some more grass seed or turf to fill in any bald patches. Lawn installation could also help if your lawn is looking sorry for itself after some periods of bad weather.  Look for anything that has been damaged, such as loose fence panels, broken guttering, or damaged garden furniture, and get some repairs done. Broken things around the garden look untidy.  Welcome Wildlife One of the most rewarding things about having a garden can be watching the wildlife that comes to visit it. If you need to fall in love with your garden again, then add some elements that will appeal to different wildlife to encourage the animals to come back.  You could do things like install bird feeders and boxes, to attract different birds to come to feed and nest. Insects are important to a...
Are Calathea plants toxic to pets?

Are Calathea plants toxic to pets?

Calathea, also known as the Prayer Plant, is a common houseplant with gorgeous foliage. For many of us adding this to our homes, it is important to ask the question: are calathea plants toxic to pets? Calathea plants earn the name prayer plant because when the sun shines on its leaves it opens very wide, and when the sun sets, they close up like folded hands. Calathea is a genus of nearly 300 plant species native to tropical America in the Marantaceae (arrowroot) family. I am one of those people who will be fighting the new genus name, Goeppertia, for a long time. I will forever call my rattlesnake plant Calathea lancifolia instead of Goeppertia insignis. Because of its attractive leaves and relaxing properties, it is one of the most popular plants. Rattlesnake plant, Goeppertia insignis instead of Calathea lancifolia Tropical plants thrive in low to medium light, which makes them ideal indoor plants because they flourish in partly shadowed areas. Avoid exposing them to too much direct sunlight, as this can dull the leaves and possibly cause them to become scorched or sunburned. You would anticipate these houseplants to thrive in high-humidity environments, as do most tropical plants (mist them regularly if you live in drier areas or invest in a humidifier). Keep their soil moist but not soggy, since this can cause browning of their leaves, and the soil should be well-drained and porous to avoid root rot, which can destroy the plant. Water your lovely botanical once a week, and it will flourish. But, even if it enhances the attractiveness of your home, the question ‘are calathea plants are toxic...
Hatching Black East Indie Duck Eggs

Hatching Black East Indie Duck Eggs

Black East Indies are beautiful bantam duck with a beetle green sheen to their feathers. They make an excellent addition to a barnyard or home flock. Black East Indie hatching eggs can be hard to find, but they are worth the effort to do so! Once you have them in hand I hope that these simple instructions are helpful to you. The green sheen of Black East Indie duck feathers is beyond compare. Why Black East Indie hatching eggs? Black East Indies can be hard to find locally. For many people, ordering hatching eggs is the only way to acquire these birds. Ordering hatching eggs, of any breed, and having them sent through the mail is risky and I generally consider anything over a 50% hatch rate to be a great success. If you are receiving your Black East Indie hatching eggs through the mail, unwrap them carefully and allow the eggs to rest (blunt end upward) for 24 hours before setting in your incubator.   Black East Indie hatching eggs may vary in color from a dark charcoal grey to just barely an off white color. Most ducks start the season laying the darker eggs and they gradually lighten up over the season. Do not worry, the color of the egg will not effect the quality of the duckling. This is a very dark Black East Indie egg! Eggs may not be perfectly clean, but that’s okay. If there are large chunks of debris on them you can remove them with a fingernail. I have also used a small piece of very fine grade sandpaper to clean. The...
Are ZZ Plants Toxic for Cats?

Are ZZ Plants Toxic for Cats?

Zamioculas zamiifolia, also known as the ZZ Plant, is a dream plant for every plant lover and is often preferred by homeowners because of its low maintenance. It can grow in almost every condition and won’t require too much of your time to take care of. Despite its low maintenance, it is the most beautiful looking plant which often features in Instagram posts about beautiful indoor house plants. Nonetheless, it may leave you asking, “Are ZZ Plants Toxic for Cats?” ZZ Plants have a maximum height of 3 feet, which is another reason why homeowners prefer this plant as an indoor plant. The fresh green-colored leaves are enough to make the interior of any office, apartment, or house a much more lively place. But a little downside to this beautiful plant is that it is toxic, even to your cats and other pets. So, is the ZZ plant toxic to cats? In short, Yes! The ZZ plant is toxic to your little furry friend. The toxicity lies in every part of the plant, e.g., leaves, roots, seeds, etc. So, if your feline comes into contact with any part of the ZZ plant, it will cause harm to the creature. Not just cats, the ZZ plants are toxic to humans as well. However, the danger and proportion of toxicity it might cause are not that much, and the rumor that ZZ plants can cause cancer is utter nonsense. This is even proved by scientists who found that ZZ plants do not cause cancer in humans and cats. But it doesn’t mean the ZZ plants are totally harmless. The toxicants in...
When Looking After Your Garden Gets Too Much

When Looking After Your Garden Gets Too Much

Sometimes, looking after your garden can feel like a huge chore, even if you love gardening. Sometimes you just need to do something different, take a little step back and give it some time away. We know that you might be worried about what is going to happen to your garden while you are doing this, but we have a couple of tips for you to keep it in the best possible condition. Keep reading down below if you would like to find out more. Do The Minimum For A While The first thing that you need to do is only take care of the minimum for a while. If you do this, your garden will remain neat and tidy, it just won’t have all of the usual flourish that it has. But, there is nothing wrong with this, so don’t worry and don’t take it so personally. Your garden is allowed to be a little bare for a while if you don’t have the energy to tend to endless amounts of plants and lawn at the moment. You can always pick back up where you left off, or even start again if you want to when you are feeling more up to it. Nobody said that you have to work on your garden all the time or never. Just do the minimum right now such as cutting the grass and things will be fine. Hire Some Help If you want to maintain the garden the way that it is right now but you don’t want to do it yourself, you can hire some help. There is no rule...
The Low-Down On Gardening Trends In 2022

The Low-Down On Gardening Trends In 2022

Like interior styles, garden design has always been susceptible to changes in season and popularity. In the wake of a year that’s seen far more of us spending significant time in our backyards, design focuses here have especially narrowed down on what makes a garden great in the current climate. Those lessons have led to the emergence of some pretty strong outdoor design focuses that don’t look set to go anytime soon.  In the new dawn of 2022, everything we’ve learned about our outdoor spaces over the past two years has especially culminated in design trends that are set to withstand even the darkest of times. But, what exactly are these trends, and how can you incorporate them into your outdoors  at last? Trend 1: The backyard as a social space ​​ Lockdowns that meant we could only host friends in our backyards have highlighted something that keen garden enthusiasts have known for years – incorporating social spaces outdoors is always a good move. From patio areas to complete decking installations, clever seating, sociable eating, and even a projector screen if you’re so inclined, can all make for some amazing nights. Even outside of a specific social setting, setups like these are especially great for encouraging the family outside, either to spend some quality time or just to enjoy breakfast with a view.  Trend 2: A much-needed pop of color Our outdoor spaces have always been capable of brightening our days, but even the non-green fingered among us have seen first-hand the value of natural color in the space this past year. Certainly, individuals with largely monotone or paved...
How to Transform Your Garden in 4 Easy Steps

How to Transform Your Garden in 4 Easy Steps

Gardening is a relaxing hobby that many people enjoy. It can also be therapeutic for those who are stressed or suffer from mental health problems. But, if your garden isn’t looking like you want it to, don’t worry! You can do lots of things to transform it into something beautiful and unique. This blog post will go over some steps that will help you achieve this goal in no time at all! #1 Getting Started The first thing you should do is assess the state of your garden. What are its good qualities? What could be improved upon or removed completely? This will help you determine what steps to take next and how long it might take for those changes to become visible. For example, if there’s a tree that has been slowly dying over time and needs to come down before it falls on one of your family members, then getting rid of this would be an obvious first step. Of course, you can always plant a new tree after removing the old one! But if your only problem was wanting a fish pond but not having enough space in your yard, maybe adding planters filled with flowers around the base of your house would be just fine too! #2 Designing Your Garden The next step is to start designing your garden. This can be done by drawing out a plan on paper or using online tools that are specifically designed for garden planning. Take into account the size of your yard, as well as any obstacles (such as a large tree in the middle of your yard)...

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