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Shaded Lawns: Some Advice For The Keen Gardener

Shaded Lawns: Some Advice For The Keen Gardener

While most of your lawn is probably in direct sunlight for most of the day, there will be patches that remain in the shade, especially as the seasons change.  In the winter, for instance, the sun doesn’t rise high in the sky. This pattern creates long shadows for several months, leading grass in some parts of your lawn to be deprived of the light it needs to thrive.  Often, there’s nothing you can do to remove the source of the shadows, either. It could be your two-story house or a large, protected tree (or something on your neighbor’s property). Thus, your only option is to adopt proper lawn care. But what does that involve when parts of the lawn experience a lot of shade?… Read Full Post
How To Enjoy Your Garden In Winter

How To Enjoy Your Garden In Winter

Winter is usually seen as a quiet time in the garden, with not much to do or enjoy. If you miss working in the garden when the weather is cold, there is plenty to do in the garden during the colder months. Here are some ideas to get you gardening over winter.  Appreciate evergreens. Choose a range of evergreens, like box balls and topiary, or large shrubs to add some much-needed structure to your garden all year round. Choose an evergreen, so you get some shape and color even in the depths of winter. Create cover. Winter sometimes brings bright, sunny days, even if it’s cold, so you might find yourself wanting to sit outside (well-wrapped up of course) to enjoy the sun.… Read Full Post
Growing Succulents Indoors

Growing Succulents Indoors

For more than eleven years I have been growing succulents. Yes, even before they were on the cover of every household magazine in the supermarket! Growing succulents indoors is one area that is particularly challenging, but also oh-so-gratifying. The folks at SucculentMarket.com sent me a box of succulents specifically for indoors. I truly think plant selection is one of the keys to growing succulents indoors successfully. Look through any gardening website, decorating magazine or go crazy on Pinterest to see the designs and uses for this group of plants. From containers to wreaths to temporary installations, succulents have compelling shapes and colors that make them ideal for a wide range of displays.  This article will provide concepts for basic care and design uses that can easily be incorporated into your home and will flourish in low light levels.… Read Full Post
Why You Don’t Feel Cozy In Your Garden, And What To Do About It

Why You Don’t Feel Cozy In Your Garden, And What To Do About It

It used to be the case that gardens were purely places you wandered around on foot. Then, people saw that they could make the experience better by bringing indoor elements, like tables and chairs, outside.  Pexels – CC0 License In the early days, these weren’t the comfiest. Often manufacturers made sets of cast iron covered in thick paint to ensure that they could withstand the weather.  Even with the invention of waterproof plastics, things were slow to change. It’s only recently that we’ve seen the introduction of weaved vinyl seating and furniture to the garden. Before then, you either had to make do with solid wood or metal.  The following are some of the reasons you don’t feel cozy in your garden and what you can do about it.  You Don’t Have A Canopy Covering Having a roof over your head is important, even when enjoying time outdoors.  The reason is simple: it protects you from the elements.… Read Full Post
A Simple Guide To Removing Pests From Your Garden

A Simple Guide To Removing Pests From Your Garden

Picture Are you worried about planting a new garden this summer because you tend to have lots of pests in your local area? Do you want to avoid wasting money on plants and flowers only to discover bugs and insects are eating them? Then take a few minutes to read this post, and put some of the advice to good use.  At the end of the day, there are always going to be some pests you won’t catch. However, there is also a lot you can do to protect your plant life and ensure the chances of pests becoming a significant problem are slim.  Use organic pesticides Many people are concerned about using pesticides in their garden for good reason as you can learn if you click here or online.… Read Full Post
Repotting Orchids: Oncidiums

Repotting Orchids: Oncidiums

I’m long overdue to spend some time repotting orchids. Don’t believe me? Just look at this poor oncidium orchid! It “jumped” off the shelf last year breaking the pot, the roots are growing everywhere, and I haven’t done a darn thing about it. Until today. I know I should be embarrassed by this, and I am, slightly! Just look at all of these roots growing out in the air! I laughed at the fact that when we were in Florida I grew my orchids in trees so I never had to repot any of them! My first step was to remove this massive plant from its (broken) pot. It came out fairly easily and left me with a few decisions for repotting orchids.… Read Full Post
Keeping Plant-Eating Wildlife at Bay in Your Yard

Keeping Plant-Eating Wildlife at Bay in Your Yard

When you’re putting in a lot of effort to create a garden that you love, with plants, flowers, herbs, and shrubs that you are growing yourself, you don’t want any local wildlife coming in and destroying your efforts. If you have been growing strawberries, for example, they can get eaten by birds if they’re not covered up, as well as being consumed by slugs if you don’t put any straw down (hence the name). If you live in an area with deer, then they can cause a lot of havoc in your yard too. They can destroy plants, with some of their favorites being roses, tulips, rhododendrons, and your leafy vegetable gardens. They also carry ticks too, so you don’t want to attract them to your garden.… Read Full Post
5 Apps To Help You Improve Your Garden

5 Apps To Help You Improve Your Garden

pexels A beautiful garden can really enhance your quality of life. You’ll have a lovely spot to relax in the sun, plus gardening is a top endorphin boosting activity. Best of all, you can learn to grow some tasty vegetables and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Perhaps you’re not sure where to start on your gardening journey. In that case, these five applications can help you make a great start. 1. Smart Plant Smart Plant is an excellent app for those looking to improve their gardening skills. Using the application, you can identify plants; get rid of garden pests; and receive plant care reminders. You can even chat to plant experts who are ready and waiting to answer your plant-related queries.… Read Full Post

Pest and Infestations Problems You Should be Aware of as a Homeowner

No one wants to be dealing with a pest problem in their home, but these problems can be relatively common. It’s important that you’re looking out for the signs of them so you can nip the problem in the bud and stop them from becoming more troublesome than they need to be. Here are some examples of the pest and infestation problems you’ll need to be aware of and looking out for as a homeowner. Image Source – CC0 License A Wasp Nest in the Garden If you find a wasp nest in the garden, you should take action to have it removed at the soonest opportunity. This isn’t the kind of thing that you want to have lying around your garden because you never know how aggressive those wasps might be, and it’s best not to take any unnecessary risks.… Read Full Post
Is It Time For A Garden Makeover?

Is It Time For A Garden Makeover?

https://unsplash.com/photos/-rl4m0icZo4 When it comes to anything to do with your home, you may get a little freaked out. After all, who wants to spend hours and hours working on their home when there’s rest to be had instead? Yet, this isn’t always the answer. Because, when you realize that you can totally transform your home in a matter of hours or days or weeks, it can be really exciting. And, not only that, but maybe you love the idea of creating the garden of your dreams too? When the weather is wonderful, much like it is right now, it’s the perfect time to get out into the garden. Not only will you want to enjoy it, but it’s nice to spruce things up and give your garden the makeover it deserves.… Read Full Post

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