Monday, September 15, 2014

Do organic gardens at home

Just imagine growing your own fresh, natural, better tasting vegetables own your own in your back yard. What an amazing way to eat! If you can plant a plant and water it, you can succeed in your organic vegetable garden. It is that simple. And the benefits for your health and the health of your family are worth the commitment. First you will need to determine where in your back yard is a good place for your garden. Your garden needs about six hours per day of sunlight, and you will need a place with good drainage and rich soil. Do some work for your garden area to enrich and fertilize the soil. It can be done naturally using mulch and compost. You can purchase compost at your local lawn and garden store or, if you want to be sure that you have natural compost, you can start your compile pile, bin or barrel.

Simply add food scraps, grass clippings, leaves, coffee grounds, etc. Remember to locate this bin or barrel away from your home and stir it all up a couple of times a week. It will smell a bit unpleasant, especially if it is warm in your area. Add this material to your soil, mix it all it, add some peat moss and maybe some earthworms and your area will be ready for your to plant your vegetables. You will need to research and get some advice as to which vegetables will do well in your area. Your local nursery or gardening store can give you excellent advice in this area. Pests and disease will be another concern for you as your garden begins to grow. Get rid your garden of pests or prevent them to begin. Natural predators such as lizards, birds, frogs and even other insects are great to add to your garden. These will control your pests in a natural way. Most diseases can be handled with warm water and mild dish detergent. You will also want to add some fencing if you live in a rural area where wildlife might enjoy your garden before you do. It is a simple process. You will need to plan some and learn and enjoy the benefits of eating healthier.

Farmers are starting to go organic

People are becoming more and more informed about what they ingest. They are researching healthier ways of eating and growing their food. And many more of them are buying organic vegetables. In years so many have now started growing their vegetables organically. Probably the most beneficial to the gardener is that there are no harsh chemical pesticides or fertilizers to worry about feeding to your families. All organic vegetables are grown using only natural things, and no chemicals. Therefore, people who eat organic foods are eating less processed foods and have less chance of ingesting any of the toxins used in conventional gardening. And organic vegetables have been proven to contain more nutrients, vitamins and minerals that those grown conventionally. However, there are even more benefits from organic vegetable gardening. It is environmentally-friendly. When harsh chemicals are used in conventional gardens. Through organic gardening, the soil and the environment are preserved. By using a method called crop rotation, which is simply not planting the same crop in the same spot each season, but rather rotating things around, the soil is not left harmed or drained from nutrients.

Therefore, the soil is good to use for future generations to come. Fertilizers and even pesticides are all natural. Pesticides such as frogs, lizards, birds and even other insects are just as effective in preventing pests as the toxic pesticides used in conventional methods of gardening. Fertilizers consist of manure and composted materials, which are all natural, therefore, not harmful to the environment or the people who are eating the produce. This method of gardening is not difficult. It is easier than one could imagine. The main things you need are sunlight, water and soil. Most homeowners have all of these in their back yards. Although organic vegetable gardening can take more planning and commitment than conventional gardening, it well work the extra trouble to invest. Not only does it feel good to grow one's food, but it is so much healthier for you and your families. You will all be much healthier for investing in this new project.

Preventing Weeds

Weeding our garden and landscape areas can be quite time consuming and is not a favorite maintenance item on any gardener’s to do list. Several things to help keep weeds out and to make your garden or landscape area look healthier. In every square inch of your garden, there are hundreds of weed seeds.  However, not all of them will sprout as some are too far down in the soil to get any sunlight that is required this pests to grow and flourish.  So a great way to prevent more weeds from coming in is to not disturb the soil in your garden unless you need to.  

If you need to remove weeds, wait until the soil is moist and kill them at the root. It will keep the seeds lying in the soil never to bother anyone!  Mulching is also another way to keep these weeds at bay.  It will starve the weed seeds of sunlight which they need in order to grow. It keeps the soil moist which plants and flowers love and will  encourage growth and productivity.  If you do not like mulch you can also use other things such as wood chips, bark nuggets and pine needles to get the look and benefits that you want in your garden area.  You also want to weed areas if needed after a rain. The soils roots of the weeds will come out with little effort. Destroy weeds at the root to remove that one fully from the area without fear of it coming back over and again.  If weeds are larger you will have to lop off the head of the plant that will also keep it from spreading its seeds over your landscape.  Whatever method you use to keep weeds out your garden area, just make sure to be smart and efficient in the removal and prevention of this time consuming plants.

Rose Gardens

Making an area in your garden that is completely devoted to the beauty and splendor of roses is a great idea and will give a very sophisticated feel to that particular area.  These flowers have been and will remain popular among homeowners and gardeners simply because of their classic look.  Just like other flowers with many cultivars, there are hardy rose bushes and not so versatile ones. This type of garden will require more preparation than others and also will need more care and maintenance to encourage these beauties to reach their potentials. Make a beautiful rose garden right in your backyard.  When choosing a location, make sure to pick one that gets anywhere from four to seven hours of sun if the soil has good draining qualities. The pH needs to be slightly acidic of anywhere from 6.2 to 6.8, but roses will also do just fine with pH readings of up to 7.5.  Preparation also helps and in the fall months of the year, and this is a prime time to mix in fertilizer the following spring.  Anything like grass clippings, leaves and coffee grounds will have a wonderful effect of adding much-needed nutrients.

When planting the roses, make sure to loosen the ground so its an easier time of adjusting and branching out in their new homes.  When planting, make sure to about two to three inches of mulch to help keep water in the soil, weeds away and give the area an overall finished look.  Adding compost regularly is also recommended by experts to keep the entire area healthy and full of nutrients.  Follow these tips to a healthier and happier rose garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor each spring!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Types of Bird feeders

Birds are a unique, versatile creatures.  They make lovely music with their chirping and make our garden and landscape areas look alive with all of their humming and buzzing about.  With that in mind, we need to make sure that we put bird's feeders in our gardens to help them with food sources as the constant build up of areas has this limited in some places.  There are several kinds of bird's feeders you can enjoy in your garden.  Here are a few types to try out.  Tray and platform feeders are quite popular.  They attract a wider range of species including sparrows, pigeons and even finches. These kinds are that they do not keep the elements such as snow and rain out.  Once seeds become so wet, they can start to sprout, and birds have no use for this.  As moisture builds, they may also start growing fungus that will deter birds from feeding here.
If you choose to use, this kind makes sure to have a screen on the bottom so water, and other elements can drain out and make sure to empty and clean it at least once a week.  House feeders are another popular choice.  They keep the seeds dry and protected and will attract multitudes of different kinds of birds including finches, grosbeaks, cardinals, chickadees and sparrows.  What a variety!  If you have a smaller landscape, try a window feeder.  These attach to your glass using suction cups, and they have hooks that attach to the frames as well.  They bring finches, chickadees and many other birds to the area.  They also give you a personal and up close look at the beautiful wildlife in your area that will be something very wonderful to behold.  Tube feeders are also a great choice.  They keep the seeds dry and can keep most squirrels away from the area.  You will love watching the birds move around this tube and feed as it is quite interesting to watch.  Try one of these birds feeders in your garden soon and bring the wildlife to you.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Landscaping with bridges

Deciding to add a focal point such as a small bridge in your backyard garden is a great move and will pay off with the many ways that you can use it in decor as well as all of the many varying compliments you will receive from this beautiful addition.  In a Japanese garden, bridges take on quite a different meaning and effect.  These will look simply gorgeous over a pond, a small river or any other small body of water in your landscape.  They will create a tranquil and peaceful environment,  giving you the zen you are looking for.  Gardens are supposed to give us a calming feeling and be somewhere we can relax.  For some reason, bridges seem to do that quite well.  These also look nice over a rocky or stony area and will give you much needed life where it is otherwise hard to grow plants and flowers.  When first looking at designs for Japanese bridges, you may be overwhelmed.  There is so many different types of bridges to choose possibly from, and each type has its own different things it will bring to your garden.  Once you have fully decided on the design you want and placement of your bridge, you will also need to think about whether to leave it as it is or accent it with various plants and flowers.  Here are a few in some categories that will do just that! Evergreens are essential with this type of garden or bridge.  They represent the permanence of peace and calming.  Some evergreens that are great for this are cedars.  Cedars will also add a lovely scent to the area.  Also, Canadian Hemlocks and redwoods are perfect!  With their dark green foliage, you can have a brightly colored bridge that will really stand out!  Pine trees are also great for this type of design.  You can also add flowers such as Japanese Irises, peonies, azaleas and Japanese Maples to the area to  complete and bring together the zen look you are trying to achieve.  All of these flowers and trees are whimsical in their appearance and will look beautiful much of the year!  Try out a Japanese garden bridge and get creative with you garden area!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Removing old trees

Sometimes you may have to face the stressful task of taking out a tree that you have had around for many, many years. Reasons for tree removal are many, the tree gets too close to buildings, or maybe gets a terrible pest infestation or disease, making the tree weaker and more likely to fall, or maybe the tree is just too old and weakened to leave it standing. There are cases when power companies will come in butcher a tree because the power lines are going through it. Whatever your reason, when it comes time to take down a tree that has been growing for many years, it can be a sad time, but it’s best to take the tree down rather than let it fall on your home or your neighbor’s.

The main thing that most gardeners, nurseries and landscapers will recommend is that you hire a professional to take the tree down if it is an extremely large tree. If it is a medium size tree that is not close to anything like fencing or buildings or other trees, you are probably safe to take it down yourself. But make sure that you plan it out before you start to cut. Plan on which direction you need a tree to fall in, measure so that you are sure the tree will clear any obstacles and then you can plan on taking down the tree. You will need to get together all the tools that you need, such as a chainsaw, ropes, rakes, gloves and above all, make sure you use protective eyewear. Flying wood chips can do serious damage to your eye or even cause loss of sight. Once you have everything assembled, along with a few good friends to hold the ropes, you can start to cut. You will need to cut a sideways “V” into the trunk to be sure that the tree falls just as you have planned it to. Don’t cut a straight line into the tree, this can cause the tree to roll to either side and make in more uncontrollable. If your friends are holding the ropes and the cutting process goes as it should, the entire process of taking down the tree should be very uneventful. The trunk, however, presents another problem altogether. The recommendations are to use a tree removal company to handle the stump.