One very special characteristics of weeds is that they grow vigorously. They have the ability for rapid growth, sending strong root systems far into the ground and reproduce at a very fast pace. They also have very high survival rate. They crowd out the cultivated plants and rob them of essential nutrients, water, sunlight, and space.
For this reason, weed control and elimination are major lawn care tasks for many landscapers. To get rid of these weeds in your garden or lawn, it greatly helps to know and understand how they grow.
What are common types of weeds and how do they grow?
Chickweed plants are famous travelers and they are very persistent. They are active all year-round. Generally, they love make themselves at home in the tropics and in cold climates. However, even during autumn when most weeds are blackened by frost, they are still fresh and green. Their seeds sprout and their star-shaped flowers open even during winter.
This kind of weed is a close relative of the morning
The real work came in the spring. Planting, watering new plants, only to plant and water more new plants, was a daily routine. I was sore in places I didn’t know had muscles, but the garden was doing very well. It was green, perfect, and all native.
The bees and butterflies came, but so did everything I had failed to anticipate. My new ‘serious’ garden began to be eaten before my eyes. There were all sorts of native leaf chewers: Aphids, slugs, and caterpillars to name a few. Leaves were mined and skeletonized and fell off. Flowers and buds were being sucked into oblivion.
However, the damage that really hurt my feelings was to the roses. When the Japanese beetles arrived, my roses were denuded of both foliage and flower. That was when I first felt the desperate fury that comes when a gardener is faced with crop failure. Up until now, I wanted nature to do the work. This time I felt like I had to do something.
However, the idea of spraying the roses still repelled me. I simply did not want to have roses
Make or buy a bin that will suit your garden. Site it in sun or partial shade and have the base of the heap in contact with the soil. You will need at least two bins or two compartments in a bin to process compost properly. Ideally, you should have three. Don’t keep the compost too close to the house. If you think your bin is unsightly, you can screen it with a trellis or a hedge.
You could opt for a wormery instead, but if you have a bin that processes dog faeces, don’t put the end-product on your vegetable patch or where children play.
The debris from your garden and peelings from your kitchen can be turned into black, crumbly, sweet-smelling compost. The larger your garden the more room you will have for a heap and the more compost it can provide for your beds. If you have a small garden, you might find that sealed, plastic bins are a more attractive option.
The composting process will take about six to twelve months. It is a good
Planting in clay soil is great for the vegetation that have roots strong enough to break through the hardened ground and compacted clay. Amending an area to make suitable for gardening other types of vegetation is doable. The main idea to remember is to amend an entire area NOT just a single hole for the desired plant to root.
Why is it important to improve the soil structure in an entire area rather a single location? If a gardener focuses on a single location once the plant roots it will grow root length only as far and wide as the hole that was amended. Once the roots reach the soil that is clay the roots will grow inward as they are unable to penetrate through the unforgiving clay soil. The plant may survive, but it will be severely root bound.
Checking soil quality is very important, drainage of the soil is imperative. I also researched a multitude of opinions on the best practices of checking soil quality, and the one common factor each opinion offered is to check more than one or two locations in the ground. Some locations of your yard may require different types
Today people are able to get all the required to start a food garden that will fit on the balcony of an apartment. One can purchase containers that can drain the soil as required, or one could even test the quality of the soil created to very precise measurements.
For less than $50 you can purchase potting soil and containers, with a few dollars spent on seeds you, will be able to feed your family after a few months. You will get a lot more than good health because of the improved efficiency of your metabolism and how your body detoxifies itself. You will also hopefully discover that ‘connection’ which created our bodies millions of year ago.
Our digestion is not built to digest unprocessed organic foods, even 100 years after the invention of junk and processed foods we still see no adaptation to our ability to withstand these toxic onslaughts that go through us every day. When we put our hands in the soil there is a possibility that we can find that ‘connection’ with our creator.
There is a reciprocity that you can feel, even though it may take a few months of
When you have reached the decision about buying a new shed a good point to consider is the base it requires. If you are thinking of replacing your existing shed, then you would have to decide whether or not to keep the original base, or for a small fee and with minimal effort, a new one can be laid for you.
Whatever material you choose to have your shed made from your decision should revolve around what you need the shed for. Is it going to be just for storage or maybe a workshop? Perhaps you want it for both, in which case a larger shed is probably necessary. The size of the shed should also fit well into the space available. Make sure you take precise measurements of various parts of the shed. A good tip is to check the eaves and ridge height of the sheds to make sure you can stand up in it and also that it is a usable space to fit in and move around comfortably.
So what else will you have to consider when choosing your shed:
Are you going to be storing large items, you will need
In fact any part of a garden or greenhouse can be sectioned off to make a garden especially for your children to call their own. Choose crops for them to sow that are quick and easy to grow. Cut-and-come-again lettuces, radishes and carrots are all colourful and can be harvested in quite a short space of time.
A large garden can accommodate fruit trees and fruit cages and a plot of land dedicated to growing vegetables. In a small garden, fruit and certain vegetables can be grown up walls or fences to use all available space. They can even be mixed in with flowers. Some, like marigolds, help to keep pests away from your crops. Fruit trees especially like being trained against brick walls because these retain heat which will help to ripen fruit.
If you only have a courtyard garden or balcony, crops can even be grown in pots, containers and compost bags. If your soil is too poor or your plants will be competing with the roots of large trees, then raised beds can be employed. All of this can be done in an inexpensive way if you recycle containers or other objects such
There are a few types of garden roses that are bred for landscape use. Knockout roses are one type that has been around for a little while, but they haven’t been around for very long. Bred by Will Radler, in the short time knockouts have been on the market they’ve quickly become standards as a go-to for landscape use.
Residential and commercial landscapes all over the world have used knockout roses for their superb disease resistance, neat habit, and long bloom time. They are larger mature shrubs than other types, but they work well under a variety of conditions. They are good for creating a hedge, as screens, and as barriers. They are also fantastic specimen shrubs. They come in many colors, from white to luscious red, even multi-colored and double blooms.
OSO Easy shrub roses are short spreading roses that come in a variety of colors that are also very easy to grow and disease resistant. Drift Roses are also another type of rose, derived from the Knock Out series. They are a dwarf rose that are perfect for small spaces in the landscape.
Much of the breeding of these very hardy and beautiful
People who want to become less reliant on grocery stores, they should think about creating a larger vegetable garden. People also usually choose to freeze their vegetables for use later in the year. One more benefit of having your vegetable garden the added knowledge of knowing what is in your garden. By choosing against the use pesticides on your garden people can have an organic garden without the worry of additives. What is more, the taste of organic produce is much sweeter than store-bought produce. Today many people choose to sell their vegetables at a local farmer’s market or vegetable stand.
Today there are a few very important things to consider when starting a vegetable garden, whether to start from plants or from seeds. Both of the options have negative and positive aspects. For example, purchasing plants can be more expensive but requires less patience and time. Planting your vegetable garden from seeds require more patience, time and is less expensive. Do not forget that it is very important to choose a right site for your vegetable garden in your back yard.
Once you have decided on an overall plan for landscaping the back yard, you
The whole point of starting this type of garden was that my Shorkie, Brandy, is very destructive and I still wanted something pretty to look at besides the gray fence. So, my first thought was “why not plant something we can use”? Hence the herbs and veggies. That wasn’t enough however, we were still looking at the ugly gray fence, so a few weeks later, we added the flowers and decorations. I still plan to add more to the fence when the temps start going down a bit. Hey, it’s hot in Texas right now!
My inspiration was a beautiful pin I saw on Pinterest and not only were there plants all along the fence, the fence itself was painted like a flower garden! Very inspirational and so much talent needed I’m sure. The first challenge I faced when starting to put plants on the fence was how to hang them without the weight pulling on the fence. First I came up with over-the-door hooks to hang from the support board from the neighbors side. That ended up being where I hung other decorations like a tiny birdhouse and a pretty sun. You see, I would have
Watering – A ficus ginseng bonsai must be watered when the soil becomes dry. Occasionally, it can tolerate under or over watering, but if you can, avoid this as it can lead to problems. The water must be at room temperature. You can also spray the tree daily to maintain the proper humidity, but don’t exaggerate with this. Also, if you keep you bonsai in a warm place, it should be watered more often. On the other hand, if you place it in a cooler place, then you can water it once a day or every other day, depending on how much moisture it retains.
Repotting – This is a significant process in the care of bonsai ginseng. The miniature tree must be repotted each spring so the tree has time to recover before the growing period begins. When doing so, you must use a special bonsai soil mixture that can be found in the specialty shops or online. Root-pruning is also a good option for a ficus ginseng.
Positioning – You must keep in mind that this particular species is an indoor bonsai. As a result, it cannot endure frost or cold temperatures. In the
To grow an avocado tree, you need to get an avocado seed, clean it off and poke three toothpicks into the side of it. Then immerse the seed halfway in the water while the three sticks rest on the rim of a drinking glass. Set the seed with the wider portion down.
Place the glass with the seed somewhere warm with not too much direct light. The water should be changed at least every couple of weeks, before it gets dirty and depleted of oxygen.
In four to six weeks, the seed should split and out should come roots and a sprout. Once the stem has grown a few inches, place it in a pot with soil. Avocados have been known to grow large, so you will have to repot the plant several times.
What’s the ideal place to grow an avocado tree?
The ideal spot for the plant is at the brightest window. Avocados are widely cultivated in tropical to subtropical climates. They may grow in shade but require full exposure to sunlight for best productivity. It should also be watered every few days.
How long does it take to grow an
Make sure that these shells are discarded by their owners. As an animal enthusiast, you can collect as many empty shells as you can to create an entire bunch of small flower planters that you can line-up on your window sill. This is perfect for those who are living and dorms and apartments, which does not have space for large plant containers.
If your life peg is wanderlust, then an old suitcase as flower planters suits your spirit for traveling. Look for a defective suitcase from your pile of travel essentials and enjoy creating planters made from it. Nothing says creative than marrying your interests in one craft project.
Flowers have always been a staple motif for fashion. You are never caught in bad fashion, even when it rains. But, as the seasons change, we just threw away key fashion pieces. So, if you have rain boots with a missing pair, make use of it by repurposing it into artistic flower containers. Being a fashionista, this project has you written all over it.
One thing that Toy Story taught us is that we
Tulips are fond of mountain region climates by nature, however, a quick tour of your neighbourhood each spring will reveal many gardens contain a glossy display of colourful tulips. What’s the secret to growing tulips?
Tip 1. Buy reputable tulip bulbs from your garden centre and make sure full instructions are written on the back. That sounds obvious, but as a regular at garden centres, I’ve noticed a few cheap brands skimp on some important details such as what time of year to plant them, what shade/sun is required, and how deep to plant the bulbs.
Tulips should be planted with the pointy end upwards, and around 20-25cm underground. One of the most common errors when planting tulip bulbs is to plant them too shallow. Depending on the kind of tulip you buy, each tulip could yield between 1-4 flower heads, and most need to be planted around 20-25cm apart. I have seen people plant them closer together, however this will cause you problems in future years, when you dig them up to space them out a bit (as the plant is perennial and grows back and ‘spawns’ new blooms each year – in English and
Level ground with good drainage or ground with a slight slope is just about ideal. If the ground is on a slight slope make the slope even by filling in any depressions with soil taken from obvious high spots otherwise some plants will suffer from excess moisture while others, a few feet away, suffer from the lack of it. It is difficult to obtain an even stand of seedlings on uneven ground, for germination is always patchy.
If the only ground is on a moderate to steep slope it will be necessary to construct a number of bench terraces to conserve soil and moisture. The grade of the slope will determine the number of terraces necessary. Moderate slopes need two or three wide terraces; steep slopes call for several narrower ones. On moderate slopes the terraces can be shaped with soil, but on steeper slopes retaining walls of concrete, brick or stone are essential to prevent severe damage and soil loss during heavy storms. For preference these terraces should slope back slightly from the retaining wall. At all costs avoid, if possible, low-lying ground which is likely to become waterlogged in the rainy season. These lower soils
Similarly, chemicals that have been used for so long within gardens are no longer accepted as the only means of channeling the vicissitudes of nature.
One of the key ways to improve our environment (and our health) is to ‘be organic. “
Why organic gardening?
Organic gardening is one that uses only naturally occurring materials and does not use artificial fertilizers or chemicals.
Try to work with nature rather than against it.
Organically grown foods taste better than those grown with artificial fertilizers.
Costs: the organic material can be created by returning all waste back to the land, which is a cheap process compared to Inorganic which tend to be way more expensive in the long run.
Same with chemical sprays, If an orchard where parasites do not prove a problem is created, it saves a lot in the cost of chemicals.
Another advantage is that by adding organic material to Earth, it keeps getting better, pitching chemicals ultimately impoverishes the soil.
The size of the fruits of an organic garden are usually larger and higher quality.
Tips for planning organic garden
The first step
Cabinets help – if you think cabinets only belong in your home, you are wrong. Cabinets are the perfect addition to your shed if you want to have that extra space for tools or practically anything you want to store there. Installing a few of them inside is not overly complicated, and the benefits are significant. Apart from the extra storage they provide, they are also a way to organise your items better. Depending on cabinet size, you may even be able to store everything inside, which makes the area neat and tidy.
Install a peg rail organiser – if you are more into finding your tools immediately, without them lying around, then a peg organiser is an excellent option. You add pegs to the board/wall and hang your tools there. You can sort your tools there, where they will be readily available for grabbing. You can add different levels of height, depending on what items you want to keep there. Pegs aren’t expensive, nor are they challenging to place on the wall.
Cups of plastic on a pegboard – if you want to take the idea of a pegboard organiser one step further, go with
Not only does soil compaction reduce the structural integrity of your dirt, it prevents adequate water penetration. It is often caused by constant pressure over the years from heavy objects like sheds, playgrounds, and concrete patios, as well as, repetitive foot traffic and motor vehicles. To relieve this problem, increase the frequency of hollow tine aeration. If your case is severe, you may need to rip up the soil. Once you have a new foundation of fresh quality top soil to work with, consider installing pavers or flagstones to relieve heavy traffic.
Extremely hard soil is very difficult to cultivate. If you can’t dig up enough to create a suitable hole for planting, you can’t plant anything at all. To help ease the struggle of hard-to-dig dirt, you may need to have a secondary irrigation water stubbed into the yard, followed by installing a temporary hose bib into the stubbed secondary water. If this is not possible, culinary water practices may be your best option to moisten soil.
The only thing worse than soil that is too hard or compact is soil with too many rocks. Although
There is nothing quite like producing your own fresh food and it is very easy to do. No matter what size your backyard may be, or even if you just have a patio or deck, you have room for a garden by building raised beds, pots, window boxes, or just about anything that will hold soil.
First, you must decide how much space and time you may want to devote to your new project. Like most new endeavors, starting small is a good idea, and as you learn from experience you can grow and grow from one season to the next. If all you have is a patio or deck, you should consider what we call “container gardening”. This is nothing more than something like a five gallon bucket or maybe a whiskey barrel or maybe a used wheelbarrow. Even an old bathtub would do the trick! Just fill them with clean composted soil and you are ready to plant.
If you have a little more space, raised beds are the way to go. These are constructed with organic pressure treated lumber and range in size from four feet wide, one foot deep and to as
Keep It Clean
One of the most important tips here is to ensure that the lawn is kept free and clear of limbs and branches. Winter storms can bring down pieces of even healthy trees. These will lay on the grass and cause damage. The best option is to inspect the yard once a week or so and remove anything that shouldn’t be there.
If you’re located in a warmer climate, winter doesn’t mean the stop to growth. However, it should mean that you use your landscape maintenance equipment less. You’ll want to cut the grass higher, and mow less often. Limit your cutting to only the top third of the grass blade to help boost health and ensure healthier growth once warmer weather hits.
Seed Dying Spots
It’s inevitable that the yard will eventually have dead spots. The winter is the ideal time to use your landscape maintenance equipment and seed those areas. You’ll want an aerator, as well as a seeder. You can seed by hand if you want, but that’s more labor and time intensive.
Keep at Those Leaves
While the bulk of the leaves will