Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Best Plants for Border Areas

BORING BORDERS? Borders in a garden, do not have to be boring, Plant Shrubs! There are many ways to add decorative touches, without using flowers. Most of them require little to no maintenance at all.

In my garden I have three types of borders employed. The most simplest of these is 'banked' borders. These are borders that have something substantial being used to contain the area worked in. Banked borders come in four specific types. 1 – Stones, masonry, walling or cement, bricks. 2 – Wooden. Whether that is an actual trunk of a tree laid down, or a wooden fencing it self, or just garden posts of wood. Hedging/trees inclusive. 3 – Metalic. Standard chain-link fencing and gating. Circular cages. 4 – Tubbing borders. These are usually container gardens in themselves, used for the purpose of giving a different height and perspective to the plants and shrubs.

Personally I use stones, and circular cages made of chicken wire. Occasionally employing the odd wood and tree limb. Depending on what effect I am trying to achieve in my garden. Here's some ideal tips and advice, for making your borders more attractive and easier on the maintenance level.

Stones & Slab Borders

You can buy stones in all shapes and colors and also all sizes. There are a variety of ways to stop stones looking dull and boring. Especially if you are like me, and only have one type available to use. When lining say, a flower bed, with stones, try using larger flatter pieces, on their sides. You can paint these, if you are feeling adventurous. Build your stones thicker as a border, and place a few species of rock growing plants on the top spread down. Creating a beautiful carpet of color. Chose something simple like a phlox or a succulent used to arid rocky areas. The plant called 'chicks-n-hens' is good. Cemented slabs, formatted stone (tiled or specifically patterned) add their own uniqueness to a garden border. Try paving your border. Placing slabs at varying intervals between plants.

Wooden Borders. Use an old tree trunk. Trim off excess branches. Cut or delve a deep groove along its center, and plant pansies or similar annuals and perennials. Even new saplings planted inside all cut trunks. Of course you could paint them too. Or you could just waterproof stain them. Add planter hangers as an extra decorative touch to your wood fences, then add wind chimes.

Tubbing & Metallic Borders. Sadly not much you can do about chain-link fences. Unless you plant a climbing plant that is hardy and fast growing. Like ivies.

Tubbing is pretty self explanatory. I use this method, as it helps add depth, perspective and extra color to the garden.

Easier to remove the tubs, when mowing. Planters come in a variety of shapes/sizes. Don't be afraid to experiment!

Pointer: If painting a border. Do it before you plant. Ensure its non-toxic all weather paint. So that it lasts, and doesn't kill your garden.

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Transplanting Seeds & Others


 Seeds First!
So, your seedlings have sprouted! Congratulations, now if you did not use the outdoor method you need to transplant them into the soil. Hope you remembered to keep your seed's original packets! You are going to need them!
Most seeds, are usually evenly spaced. Between 3 – 6 inches depending on what you are growing.
Make sure your furrows, or rows, are evenly spaced too, with a slightly deeper channel between row spacing, this allows for good drainage and good watering. Plus, gives you space to walk down if it becomes necessary to thin them out some more.
Cover lightly with soil, up the stem, (depending on height of plant) about an inch.
If you are going to add some form of plant food, add it to your water! NOT directly to the soil!
Remember if you used the outdoor method, you only need to thin the seeds out a bit. Not a lot. Most seeds grown outside are more healthier and stronger than those grown indoors or by the cheats method.


Big Plants, Shrubs & Saplings!
Water your 'others' if they are in pots. Just give them enough to make the soil in the pots damp.
Wait 10 minutes.
Then carefully, pick up the pot. Placing a hand around the main stem frame of the plant or shrub.
Turn it upside down, do not crush the leaves or new growth.
Give the pot a few solid taps on the bottom. The plant should slide out nicely.
Make sure you have already dug your hole, for transplanting, before you 'tap-out' your plant! Depth is good, but when you place the plant in, the top of its pot soil, should stand level with the ground soil.
Fill in around it. Patting soil down lightly.
DO NOT tread around the plant, firming the ground too early causes plant damage!
Same principles apply to shrubs.
With saplings/ trees the only difference, is if they are not in a pot. PLUS you have to dig deeper, and make sure the top soil is a good six inches above the pot soil the sapling came with. This helps encourage roots to spread and the trunk to thicken better!




Good Tips On Transplanting.
With any plant or seedlings into outside soils is, instead of watering afterwards, water before, you put them in.
Also, try to put in any extra soil, such as potting compost or similar, before you make a space for the transplanted item. If you don't it could break roots and damage any further growth.
When watering, make the extra soil soggy. Saturate it well. But do not water the main transplant. This will drown it, if you do.
Do not firm the soil around stems! Lightly press, making sure some lose soil is on top. Helping your plant to breathe through the soil, collect nutrients and moisture.
Also preventing types of stem/root rot.


Know Your Soil

KNOW YOUR SOIL!

First off, buying kits for Ph-testing of the soil. These are not always accurate, and are often affected by such environs as fertilizer, humidity, heat and cold.
JUST remember, soil no matter what type, can be converted to facilitate ANY plant, tree or shrub with the right conditioning.
Soil can be easily placed into four categories.
          1        Dry soil – easy drainage. This is soil such as sandy based, or thin top soil       and heavily graveled. Limestone and certain chalky areas. Making the Ph balance more alkali.
          2        Wet soil  - not easy drainage. Clay topsoil, thick topsoil that sports a          moss or similar. Flood zone areas, or prone to a lot of rain. Lower valley in particular.
          3        High Nutrient – plenty of good rich loam and top soil. Soil is darker than    most, and has a 'leafy' texture. Damp           but not sodden with water.
          4        Low Nutrient – this soil tends to be harder for even the weeds to populate.      It is often a lot more paler in color.  From an orange-red  – to even a           whitish-       gray.  Tends to accompany extremes of dry or wet. New housing often sits on soils   like this.



Another good way to check the variables in your soil is to identify what kind of plants (weeds,) are already in growth about your property. Along with the grass coloration. These are also great indicators to your soil's potential for use.
Not all soils need boosters of fertilizer, or more soil added.
But most need some form of stabilizing treatment.  Such as a simple soluble with water to kick start it. Or perhaps a good tilling.

Dry soil – May need some mixers. Best thing to stop it drying out quickly is, to add a  load of wood chips and mix it in when you till it, the second time.* Or an easy method, is to 'bank' it up. By raising it higher than the non-gardening section of the land. Then add your mixers.

Wet soil – You need to add a little sand, to aid in drainage. If you have a clay soil base, which is the most common for problems with drainage, then add wood chips along with your sand and some chalk. This works wonders. Also you may need some top soil too. This is due to it being flooded and nutrients washed away with some areas.

High Nutrient – Do not do a thing! Perfect soil! Congratulations! Just be careful! Do not add any unnecessary fertilizer to the soil. A good tip for the nutrients break up easily to feed your garden, is to add a tablespoon of Epsom salts per two gallons of water, and lightly, spray your garden, then till it.

Low Nutrient – Easy, get your fertilizer going! Such as cow, horse or chicken manure. Nutrients means nitrate levels. Compost, rotting leaves, all of this should be tilled in the first time, then tilled again to ensure equal distribution.


After your soil has been stabilized, then it's time to buy garden plants- Buy Trees, Shrubs & Plants at Garden Delights Nursery.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dahilia

Dahlias are flowers that will give your garden and landscape something new and vibrant to rekindle your love for gardening. They are also favored because of their coloration during the fall months of the year. They will usually bloom from mid summer to late fall and have a wide range of colors from orange, white and purple. The blooms will be magnificent and fairly large for the size of the plant, ranging anywhere from two to twelve inches across. The plants will range from several inches tall to upwards of twenty feet. Most of the larger species are found in the wild. Dahilias also make beautiful fresh cut flowers and will keep for many days in your home.
These flowers can also be perennial or annual, depending on the species so make sure to research before deciding which species you will want to plant in your garden or landscape area. Dahlias come in many colors and petal shapes thanks to the many cultivars that have experimented with the breeding of these flowers. This particular type of flower is simply breathtaking. You can plant it in colonies and have many colors in one area, form a border around your already existing flower bed, or you can plant them all on their own. They will look amazing in any area you see fit. There are so many species from double flowering to single flowering to anemone and orchid flowers types. These flowers will do best in soil conditions that are well drained and prefer a pH level from six to six and a half. Also, these flowers love organic matter, so adding some compost or peat moss will improve the overall health and happiness of the flower. When you plant these, make sure the soil is somewhat warm and moist as they will adapt much better. They do best in climate zones eight through ten and will require at least six hours of sunlight each day to reach their potential. Adding these flowers to your garden is a great idea, and you will love the results!

Fern plants make a gorgeous landscape

Planting ferns can be rather tricky for some homeowners and gardeners. These are very delicate plants and will need the perfect atmosphere for them to survive and grow to become healthy plants. The key to having beautiful ferns is to choose the right ones that will grow and thrive in the climate conditions for the areas where they grow. Fern plants need to have soil conditions that will remain damp or moist most of the time, and they will also survive great in shaded conditions. These beautiful plants will usually do great when planted around large trees where the sun does not get to them a lot and where the soils are damp.
When considering fern plants it is great to do the research needed to make sure that the growing conditions are right for them. Online plant nurseries will give all the information needed to grow these beautiful plants and will also provide step by step planting instructions for them. These will make beautiful plants when added to natural areas, and they also look great added to containers and placed around on large porches or patios that have shade.
There are some ferns that will thrive and do well also in areas that receive some sunlight. By keeping the ferns moist, and this can be done by gently misting them during the hot parts of summer and spring. They will provide a gorgeous color of green, and some ferns can grow to become extremely large. Planting ferns will also take a little bit more work because all the weeds and grass should be removed from the location where they will grow. Also, a hole large enough for the roots of the fern will need to be dug, and the fern placed in and the roots need to be covered when grown. If the fern plant is planted well and taken care of they will thrive and become a beautiful addition to all lawns, gardens and also porches. Use them as a border plant.

Native Grasses




Planting native grasses is a very easy task to do and need little care to be healthy.  First the types of native grasses will need to be chosen so that the sun lighting and soil conditions can be considered when planting.  The area will need to be raked and cleared of all weeds and other grass so that the native grass can grow to become healthy plants.  Just a simple garden rake will be great and can be used just enough to make the soils rough so that the grass can grow in the area.  Make sure that all weeds are gone from the area so that they will not take over and smother the native grass plants as they are growing.  

They will also need plenty of water as they start, and a lot of them are also drought tolerant and can survive really well in dry conditions.  Native grass plants will bring beauty and will create a very natural appearance when they have grown and will be very natural looking.  These grass plants are great to use around bodies of water, and there are some that does great and will thrive in damp and wet conditions.  It is best to research these grasses to find the one that will grow great in all areas. 

They will grow and will not require any special lighting or soil requirements.  It is also a great idea to see which fertilizers or organic fertilizer will work best with these grasses. They also help them to grow and become very healthy grass plants.  These grass plants are great for a homeowner that has a very large natural area or other areas on their lawn that they want to cover with a natural looking plant or grass.  They are great and will require no maintenance as they begin to grow.  This type of plant is a great one to add around pools and also water gardens on a lawn to give it a natural feel and look.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Homeowner's Favorite Garden Shrubbery

Top Choices In Garden Shrubs

The versatile, sweet-smelling family of roses adds beauty, romance, and whimsy to any garden. Roses come in gorgeous purple, classic red, cheery yellow, and gleaming white. You can find a rose of any size or color to complement your yard, or to plant in flower beds and pots for porches. Roses endure well in many climates and can even survive drought conditions, and their ease of cultivation make them an excellent flower for beginners.

Azaleas are a hardy flower able to thrive in a variety of climates, perfect for gardeners with temperamental temperatures. They come in a full spectrum of vibrant colors. The large size and tempting fragrance of rhododendron azaleas make them the bell of the ball, while the more modest Piedmont pink azaleas provide a delightful complement to showcase your more illustrious plants, or to line your driveways and fences with a splash of color.

Bamboo can add an air of ancient exoticism with its distinctive, stoic stalks. No need to wait on bamboo -- it can grow to its full height in only a few short months. Create a forest wreathed in mist and mystery. They're great for the environment, too: bamboo make more oxygen than other trees, and its stalks can be harvested for use in furniture and home decor. As evergreens, you can enjoy them year round.

Shape your landscape with hardy hedges surrounding your garden like the frame to a work of art, sculpted to accentuate the borders of the land or give your home privacy. In shades of cool emerald and warm gold, easy to grow and maintain, they can wreathe any landscape in any climate. Pruned or unpruned, hedges have been a horticultural staple throughout history.

All of these are good beginner's plants, for their hardiness and ease of care. Combine all four to transform your outdoors into a green paradise. You can find these and more available to buy at Garden Delights Nursery.