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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Do It Yourself: An Attractive Rock Garden Anyone Would Be Proud Of

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One of the most economical ways to enhance the landscape surrounding your home is to build a rock garden. Rock gardens are most often associated with the British Isles, where the climate is rarely accommodating to delicate plants. Rock gardens bring with them the assumption of having very few plants, and those of a very hardy variety, or no plants at all. The arrangement of the rocks in your garden, when properly complemented by attractive plants with coordinating colors, can...


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One of the most economical ways to enhance the landscape surrounding your home is to build a rock garden. Rock gardens are most often associated with the British Isles, where the climate is rarely accommodating to delicate plants. Rock gardens bring with them the assumption of having very few plants, and those of a very hardy variety, or no plants at all. The arrangement of the rocks in your garden, when properly complemented by attractive plants with coordinating colors, can add to the beauty of the home and provide a low-maintenance landscape feature that should not interfere with your lawn-mowing practices; rather, it will reduce the amount of space that requires mowing.

The first thing to do when starting your rock garden is to carefully look over the proposed site for your garden. You should clear the area of unwanted plants, such as spindly grass varieties and diseased trees and plants. Be sure to dig out the roots as well as the tops, or you may find your rock garden invaded at some later time by an unwanted fern or intrusive perennials.

If you plan to do some planting, make sure you test the soil to determine its level of acidity and its general pH. It is a good idea, even after you have placed your rocks and mapped out where you want to put any plants, to wait a full growing season before you attempt to plant in your rock garden. This will ensure that the soil has settled, and it will give you a chance to make sure that you have got rid of any pesky weeds by hoeing them out, root and all, as soon as they make their appearances above the ground. It is also desirable to mix in such soil enhancements as mulch, compost, and other compounds. If you plan to use plants that like soils with alkali, you should mix in crushed oyster shells or limestone.

After you have improved the soil, then it is time to place your rocks. It is important for aesthetic purposes not to evenly space your rocks, or to choose rocks of the same size and shape. A little variety in the types of rocks used is as desirable as a little variety of plants chosen to place in a more conventional garden. If you wish to have a great deal of plants, then your rocks should be spaced further apart to give more room for the vegetation. If, however, you plan to use plants only sparingly, arrange them closer together, but make sure that you allow some room for plants to grow. Try to make the design look as natural as possible, as it will be more attractive.

When placing the rocks in a garden that is sloped, it is best to start at the low parts of slopes and work up. Try to slope the top of the rock back toward the slope so that water from rain and sprinklers is guided downward. Additionally, try to keep outcroppings from overshadowing rocks and plants below. The goal is to create a feeling of stability. Set each rock so that its widest side serves a base. You can also set a larger rock on top of smaller rocks and then fill in the cracks with soil.

If you are placing the rocks on flat ground, work from the inside toward the outer edges of the garden. If you are planning a circular garden, or a rock garden in some other shape that is surrounded by other landscape features, this can be tricky. Therefore, it is a good idea to mark out which rocks you would like on a map so that you can ensure their proper placement in the garden. It may be necessary, on a flat site, to build up small mounds of dirt in different places to give the rock garden an interesting appearance.

If you plan to use plants in your garden, you should be careful to plant them after everything else is in place, and after you have a chance to make sure the soil is properly settled. Early spring or early autumn are the best times to do any planting, including planting in rock gardens. Make sure you choose plants that are suited for rugged terrain and adapted to your climate. Then, plant them in the spaces you have designated. The end result should be a beautiful garden that requires little upkeep.

Do Your Own Landscaping Design

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More and more people are turning to landscaping their gardens, not just planting a tree here and a shrub there but looking at their garden as they would look at the inside of their home.  More thought as to the overall look and appeal and how plants can compliment each other.

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Know what I love about getting the garden all cleaned up, it stays that way for much longer than when you get your home all cleaned up.

More and more people are turning to landscaping their gardens, not just planting a tree here and a shrub there but looking at their garden as they would look at the inside of their home.  More thought as to the overall look and appeal and how plants can compliment each other.

The results are very rewarding.  There is so much help too if you are not confident in the planning, your nursery, wonderful landscaping books, TV and radio shows and the Internet are all there waiting to guide you.

Be careful with books, make sure the book is for your area and the plants suggested for a design are suitable for your part of the world.

It's fun to get a graph pad and do your own design, give it a try and you could surprise yourself.

One word of advice, if you purchase plants from the big chain stores and they have been in air- conditioning or inside a building even with the shade cloth inside/outside style of shop, never take the plant home and put it in the garden straight away.

Take about three weeks acclimatizing the plant.  Keep the plant inside or on an enclosed patio and gradually over the three week period, increase the outside time and decrease the inside time.  Doing it this way you have a better chance of the plant surviving and growing into a beautiful specimen for you.

You can quite often pick up some bargains in the plant department, doing the acclimatizing can save you money.

Gardens like everything else has trends.  These trends usually follow the interior decor trends.  This is a good thing as the outside and the inside will compliment each other.

If your home is cottage style, then a garden along the cottage lines would look great and you would have the flowers to decorate your home to add to the look.  A modern minimilistic interior then a minimal no fuss landscaped garden.

Landsscaping and gardening can improve your stress levels too.  Feeling a bit stressed about something, take yourself out into your garden and potter, tip prune, pull out a few weeds, water a few plants, separate a few clumping plants and pot up for later  Give yourself at least a half hour and feel the stress go.

Works for me, hope it does for you too.

Landscaping and gardening,  wonderful!!!!

Carmel Baird

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Easy Landscaping and Curb Appeal for Florida Homes

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The idea that an appealing outside is your best offense for intriguing potential buyers is based on the simple concept that first impressions really count.  The great thing about learning some key elements of landscaping is that you can apply them to a home that you are just settling into, as well as one you are about to sell.  For those who are selling or buying real estate in Tampa Bay Florida, some extra curb appeal advice will go a long way.

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The idea that an appealing outside is your best offense for intriguing potential buyers is based on the simple concept that first impressions really count.  The great thing about learning some key elements of landscaping is that you can apply them to a home that you are just settling into, as well as one you are about to sell.  For those who are selling or buying real estate in Tampa Bay Florida, some extra curb appeal advice will go a long way.

Florida is popular for nature-lovers.  Instead of trying to keep up with garden hobbyists, present a clean, green impression, rather than a mini-arboretum.  The decluttered impression that you want for the inside, should apply to the outside.  Imagine a buyer coming to view your Tampa Bay Florida real estate house and all they can think is either, "how will I keep up with all those tropical flower beds?" or "how long will it take me to undo all of this?"  Not that you should tear down all your hard work from a spectacular garden; just be sure to have it freshly pruned, trimmed and weeded for buyers, so they don't feel like they have to have a green thumb if they want to buy your home. 

Select your plants according to how much sun and water they need.  Then, focus on buying smaller selections (or larger if your budget allows) of some of Florida's award-winning specimens  like the East Indian Holly Fern, which is wonderful for mass ground cover, and the Dwarf Golden Dewdrop for a beautiful border shrub with its yellow-gold leaves.  Make up for size with color, with the purple-blooming Princess Flower, or the Yellow Elder, that will grow quickly (up to eight or ten feet tall).  The plants you pick should attract the eyes to the house with their complimentary shades.  For example, forest green trim on a house is complimented by shrubs with yellow leaves, and homes with neutral features can always use a few splashes of dramatic color in their landscaping. 

Take a picture of the front of your house with you as you visit nurseries and garden shops.  Garden professionals can suggest which colors and varieties will work best for your particular home.  They should also be able to tell you what kind of mulch, pebble or lava stones you should use for each.  The colors of these can also add a lovely contrast of color.
Plant a few annuals near the mailbox and an odd number of shrubs or hedges in front of the house to create depth.  Make your house inviting with colors that compliment, but don't complicate.  If your house is basic in design, plant a few romantic Magnolias or exotic Calathea to break up the lines.  Likewise, a house with a modern exterior can be dressed down for the conservative eye with neatly trimmed Serissa Foetida hedges and simple splashes of annuals.

If you want something even more simple, try buying big, decorative pots and filling them with a few shades of hardy flowers.  This takes care of catching the eyes of the buyer, yet implies the perfect level of impermanence for the more fickle-natured.  You can offer to leave the pots, or take them with you if the buyer doesn't want them.  This can be a quick fix for those who are trying to move, sell and maintain a family and full-time job at the same time.  There are plenty of ways to get elaborate with landscaping, but if you need to keep things easy, focus on complimentary colors, hearty specimens and as neat of an exterior as possible, so buyers and visitors will see your house as a breath of fresh, tropical air

Efficiently Irrigating Your Lawn

Irrigation is an important component of planning your
landscape. That is because it plays a crucial role in the
overall function of your landscape.

Irrigation brings water to your plants and without it, your
plants will die and the time and energy you invested on
building your landscape will be put to waste.

There are several considerations when irrigating your
landscape. Below is a list of some of them.

1. Find a water source that’s efficient as possible.
Regardless of the size of your lawn, you will need to water
it regularly in order for the plants to survive.

You must therefore find a cost-efficient way to do it. You
don’t even have to use sprinklers all the time. What you
can do, for example, is direct rain water from your roof to
your lawn.

2. Check your equipment for damage. If the pieces of
equipment that you use for irrigation is defective, you
waste water and money for something that cannot do its job
well anyway.

So regularly check your hoses, sprinklers and other water
equipment for damage because you can save a lot of money by
doing this. As a rule of thumb, immediately change whatever
broken equipment that you have in your garden.

3. Do your watering early in the day - this method is
another cost-saver because by watering your plants early in
the day, the water doesn’t evaporate easily. This ensures
you that you are using your resources well and that nothing
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Energy Conservation Puts Money in Your Pocket

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How can homeowners save money just by sitting on their couch?  It’s simple, by conserving heating and cooling energy just before you sit down.

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How can homeowners save money just by sitting on their couch?  It’s simple, by conserving heating and cooling energy just before you sit down.  There are a number of easy and inexpensive things that can be done as do-it-yourself projects that will save hundreds of dollars per year.

The easiest money saving strategy is to weather strip doors and windows with a “V” seal type weather stripping.  The opening of the “V” should face towards the outside of the home.  This will reduce draft in the house and retard heated or cooled air from escaping the house.  And the longer the treated air remains in the house, the less the cost to treat the air.

Caulking around window and door frames and caulking around base boards will also retard the loss of treated air from the house.  This strategy again will reduce the homeowner’s heating and cooling bill.

Both of these techniques can be accomplished as one weekend project.  Do yourself a favor and save money, then grab a refreshment and sit down on your couch.

To ensure that you save energy and money, there are a number of other things that the homeowner can do.  Removing the door and window frames and removing the baseboards will expose small and seriously large gaps in the building fabric.  By holding your hand over these gaps or using a smoke pencil, you will likely feel and see the extent of the draft.  Filling these gaps with fibrous materials and/or caulking will drastically diminish uncomfortable drafts, reduce homeowner heating and cooling costs and therefore save you serious money.
This project will likely take two to three weekends at minimal cost to you.

Window glass is also a significant source of heating and cooling loss to the homeowner.  You could replace your present windows with high efficiency windows at a great cost, or you could cover your windows with commercially available clear plastic sheeting.  This is especially great in the winter; and you will achieve a substantial reduction in heating costs.

With the savings in energy costs attributed to these easy to do strategies, you could probably by a new couch.

Exteriors Make Your Great Outdoors Greater

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Keeping wood properly protected is a growing challenge, especially as homeowners have made it a top choice for exterior surfaces--not just siding, but decks, furniture and all the other accessories that are part of the extended outdoors lifestyle.

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Keeping wood properly protected is a growing challenge, especially as homeowners have made it a top choice for exterior surfaces--not just siding, but decks, furniture and all the other accessories that are part of the extended outdoors lifestyle.

"Homeowners are upgrading their outside living and garden areas with unrelenting zeal," says Kurt Denman, product manager of Benjamin Moore Paints. "Terraces, decks, patios, cabanas, pool houses, gazebos, and outdoor kitchens are additions that Americans spend $40 billion on annually."

What's necessary to keep all of this wood in tip-top shape as it faces exposure to the vagaries of Mother Nature?

"Performance is the chief characteristic a consumer should look for in an exterior stain," advises Denman. "It should protect from the two major culprits affecting wood-water and UV rays."

Responding to this growing focus on the expanded outdoors lifestyle, Benjamin Moore has developed a new, technologically advanced, premium Exterior Stain Collection that protects and beautifies just about every wood surface. The collection offers an extraordinary palette of hues, with a range inspired by organic life and the outdoors world.

"The best way to choose a color is to look at existing colors around your home," adds Denman. "Consider the color of your roof, siding, trim, driveway, and surrounding plant life."

When it comes to finishes, Denman advises that a clear finish is ideal for new or well-maintained wood. It reveals the beauty of the material without obscuring either its grain or texture. With more opacity, the additional pigments provide additional protection and color selection, but mask the grain of the wood while still highlighting the wood's natural texture. Stains with more opacity are a good choice for older wood that is not in pristine condition or when additional color selection is desirable.

For every type of wood no matter its condition-new, worn, plagued by mildew or mold, or tannin-leached types like redwood or cedar--a preparation coating is available. To ensure your exterior wood assets are protected, they should be coated evenly with a clear finish, relatively soon after installation. Remember, proper preparation is the ultimate determinant of how long the beauty of a staining job will last.

For the best advice on selecting an exterior stain and preparation appropriate for the type of wood on the exterior of your home or other outdoor project, speak to an experienced professional. One last tip: Be sure to test your color selections on the surface to be painted to see if it's accurate and exactly what you want. Remember that the natural color or grain pattern of the wood itself can greatly influence the final color.

New wood finishes by Benjamin Moore can be a great way to highlight your home's exterior.

Feng Shui tips for everyone

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Feng Shui is a process that affects your internal landscape just as much as it affects your physical environment.

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Feng Shui is a process that affects your internal landscape just as much as it affects your physical environment. In order for your spirit to be nourished by the enhancements you make to your home, you must start the entire process by looking inward, and this is an important Feng Shui tip that most Feng Shui consultants like me would offer to all Feng Shui beginners. This in fact is the essence of spiritual Feng Shui which looks at the Feng Shui at a higher level than the other types of Feng Shui which mostly aim at improving at a niche level; be it your office, home or bedroom.

The Spiritual Feng Shui sees the whole concept of Feng Shui at the universal level, the level to which your soul belongs and relates. If you practice spiritual Feng Shui you can never think of improving your life at the expanse of harming your neighbor or your environment. The Feng Shui tips that are offered in the article not only aim to highlight the important points one has to remember before practicing it; it also introduces the Feng Shui beginners to the new horizons that the spiritual Feng Shui can open up for them.

Though the spiritual Feng Shui communicates to your environment, your home, your office through the bodily objects, it heals your soul — to know how it works it is important for you to remember the following Feng Shui tips. All these free Feng Shui tips have valuable advice contained in them so try to imbibe them before you start your practice.

There is nothing religious about the Spiritual Feng Shui. It talks about purifying your soul, not only the empty or occupied spaces in your house. The purified soul has the radiations that are reflected from you to have strong positive energies; in Feng Shui practice, these positive energies referred to as Chi, which is the universal energy and the guiding principle.

As one would never build a new home on a rotting foundation; likewise, it is essential to clear away the debris of negativity before you create your new Feng Shui space. Only then can your spirits soar with true energy and vitality.

As you come to recognize the importance of cleansing your old attitude and beginning anew, what ever Feng Shui enhancements that you use for a Feng Shui home design seem to be working for you.

Here are some free Feng Shui tips for everyone:
  Look deep into yourself and don’t be afraid to do so! That is the only way to develop and change in a beneficial way. Be honest with yourself – you deserve truth and awareness.
  Open your palms, close your eyes and reach your arms up and out, as though you are waiting to be picked up or embraced. (This is necessary for unifying your soul with the universe).
  Imagine the energy radiating from your heart, your lungs, your palms and that the energy is touching everything in its path.
  Beam the energy away from you, sending it into the farthest corners of the universe.
  Repeat this mantra: “I am open to positive change in any form it takes.”

Before you start feng shui decorating with various Feng Shui elements, my sincere Feng Shui advice to all the Feng Shui beginners is to strictly follow the spiritual Feng Shui tips.

May be as your Feng Shui study goes deeper and deeper you would not mind spending some money for buying e books on Feng Shui, but the absolutely free Feng Shui tips that you just now have are the like the foundation stones for the spiritual Feng Shui practice. Remember that these free Feng Shui tips are going to help you a great deal in your long Feng Shui journey.

Once you are positive about accepting changes in your life the Feng Shui is there to help you in what ever you do; remember that Feng Shui is about focusing intentions, rather than just coasting on auto-pilot. Feng Shui is about getting you back into the driver’s seat of your life, it is about accepting responsibility for yourself and your actions not only in this materialist world but also the metaphysical or spiritual world.

Nurturing yourself with Feng Shui practice and making use of the philosophy of Feng Shui in the home design will help you regain your own sense of destiny and purpose within the universe. Before you start any Feng Shui practice, whether it is about understanding Feng Shui Bagua or knowing Feng Shui Elements remember that Feng Shui is a spiritual discipline. It is just not about doing furniture placement using Feng Shui interior design but knowing yourself and your universe better so can get the positive energies from the universe and its objects. Feng Shui elements are nothing different from the elements of universe. If you follow this important piece of Feng Shui advice and bring to practice the above mentioned free Feng Shui nothing can stop you from deriving benefits of Feng Shui.

The Feng Shui masters have provided you with the technical know-how and valuable Feng Shui tips for evaluating your home and implementing Feng Shui techniques and cures. But it is up to you, and only you, to envision and bring about the specific environment and quality of life that you desire.

If you integrate all the above home design tips into your Feng Shui practice you would soon start noticing the positive changes it is having on your life.

Finding the Right Landscaping Company

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The landscape features of a property gives it definition and character. Good landscaping will add value to a home or office building.  However, landscaping usually requires the services of a professional like Paramount Properties in Sacramento.

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Hiring a good landscaper will make completing your landscape a much simpler process.  If you create goals and properly layout your plans for your landscaping you will be able to get specific pricing.  Here are some tips on how to hire a landscaper the right way.

1. What do you really want or need?
Some landscapes are beautiful as they are, but the owners sometimes just want to add new appeal to their homes so they opt to have a landscape job done. Be sure that you have already identified what you want in the landscape design. This should be in your preparatory plan before you even speak to a professional contractor. Once you have your plans you can present them to the contractor to see if everything will work and is possible.  The blog on is a great place to start for your landscaping ideas.

2. Set a firm budget.
Next you should prepare your budget. Will your dream garden be feasible? Is it practical or do you need to make some adjustments or compromises? The best thing is that you know what you want and you are able to identify alternatives if your budget fails to accommodate your vision. With the plans and budget in place things tend to be easier when negotiating with the contractor. The landscaper will ensure that this project will meet your budget and assure that it will look closely to what you are expecting.  Be sure to get accurate measurements so that materials do not accidentally go over budget.  Some contractors like to give you the best price in the estimate, but find out later that they can't provide all the material at the quote given.  Which brings us to the next step, get references!

3. Get references.
Know the landscape companies that you are contacting and negotiate with them. Gauge their level of experience and the quality work by asking for photos or tours of their previous projects. You should also ask for references and their professional affiliations.  Make sure the company is a legitimate company and that everything is written down.  Without written proof of the agreed upon services it is difficult to prove if you are not happy in the end. 

It all boils down to good planning and documentation.  If you have a solid plan and ask the right questions you will end up with an exceptional landscape.  In the Sacramento California valley, Paramount Properties is the premiere landscaping company.  Visit the website for more information and for services.

Flower Bulbs:  Nature’s Greatest Gift

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Flowers are one of nature’s greatest gifts. Their scent, their colors, their shapes… everything about flowers is beautiful. A colorful, cheerful flower can brighten even the darkest day. Even more enjoyable than looking at flowers, though, is growing them. Flowers can be bought from pots and replanted. They can also be grown from clippings. However, one of the most popular ways of growing flowers is from bulbs and seeds.

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Flowers are one of nature’s greatest gifts. Their scent, their colors, their shapes… everything about flowers is beautiful. A colorful, cheerful flower can brighten even the darkest day. Even more enjoyable than looking at flowers, though, is growing them. Flowers can be bought from pots and replanted. They can also be grown from clippings. However, one of the most popular ways of growing flowers is from bulbs and seeds.

Growing flowers outdoors from bulbs is simple; in fact, it is so easy that it’s almost foolproof. One of the most important aspects is timing. Bulbs need to be planted about six weeks before the first frost. Bulbs must be planted in an area with good drainage and a lot of sun. Make sure the soil is loose, and then plant the bulbs about six inches in the ground. (Package directions may vary depending on type and location; when directions differ, following your package.) Try to place the bulb in the hole with the pointed end facing up. Cover the hole and water. Voila! You’ve planted your flower bulbs.

Flower bulbs and seeds make flower gardens accessible for everyone. They can be grown virtually anywhere. One idea is to plant them in containers. With container gardens, even apartment dwellers can enjoy the beauty of flowers. Container-grown flower bulbs and seeds also allow growers to defy nature. Flower bulbs can be planted indoors in any season and in any climate, as long as the indoor conditions are favorable for growth.

Flower bulbs are available in many varieties, such as tulips, daffodils, gladiolus, and crocus.

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Because of their relative ease of planting and growing, bulbs of all kinds are a popular flower choice. A wide variety of flower bulbs are available today. Tulips, lilacs, daffodils, crocuses, irises, dahlias, and gladiolus are just a few of the flower bulbs available. Even within one flower family, there are often many variations. For example, there are over one hundred tulips available for fall planting alone.

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Because of their relative ease of planting and growing, bulbs of all kinds are a popular flower choice. A wide variety of flower bulbs are available today. Tulips, lilacs, daffodils, crocuses, irises, dahlias, and gladiolus are just a few of the flower bulbs available. Even within one flower family, there are often many variations. For example, there are over one hundred tulips available for fall planting alone.

It would be difficult to house all of the different bulbs in one store, and even more overwhelming for a customer to try to decide which one is right for them. Luckily, stores don’t even have to try. Consumers can simply open a flower bulb catalog and see pictures of all of the different varieties available. Many of the catalogs will give all of the pertinent information to consumers—name of flower, colors available, water requirements, sun requirements, geographic area, price, etc. These flower bulb catalogs make it easy for customers to decide at a glance what type of bulb they need.

Jackson and Perkins is a well-known flower bulb catalog company.  John Scheepers, Inc. offers a catalog of Dutch flower bulbs.  Old House Gardens bills itself as “American’s only source devoted to antique flower bulbs.”  Finally, Van Dyck’s offers a catalog of flower bulbs and perennials. 

Many of these companies now offer online flower bulb catalogs in addition to or in place of their print catalog. Most also now take orders online and accept credit cards, so it is possible to complete the entire transaction online.

Flower Delivery in New York

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As is the case with any large city, you can become overwhelmed with the options for sending flowers. If you need to send a gift, New York flower delivery services are plenty. If you are not familiar with any particular business, it may be wise to ask friends or family (or even the florist) for referrals or recommendations.

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As is the case with any large city, you can become overwhelmed with the options for sending flowers. If you need to send a gift, New York flower delivery services are plenty. If you are not familiar with any particular business, it may be wise to ask friends or family (or even the florist) for referrals or recommendations.

If your quest for referrals in finding the perfect florist for you needs is null, you can always do an Internet search. You can also utilize the services of national floral deliveries (FTD) or These and other national companies will deliver to New York; different companies may or may not charge additional processing or delivery fees.

Blossom Flower Shop is a time-tested florist. With over 80 years of experience in the floral industry, they guarantee you will be satisfied with your purchase. This is a family owned company with 4 generations of floral experts at your service. Blossom Flower Shop delivers to all of New York City. They have professional floral designers who give personal attention to every order.

Another popular florist is New York Plaza Florist. This company specializes in orchids. They also offer a variety of thousands of roses and other flowers. With professional designers on staff you are certain to get a personal touch with every order you place. This company enjoys New York flower deliveries and gives a special touch for your special occasion.

Free landscaping Ideas for You

Free landscaping ideas available in various sites in the Internet have somehow paved the way for people to get into landscaping their own spaces. This is because many of these free landscaping ideas are easy to understand and seems easy to do on your own.

If you are one of those who are planning to do you your own landscape but don’t know where to start with, the best thing to do is surf the Internet because this is the perfect place where you can get lots and lots of free landscaping ideas. Here, you can get free landscaping ideas that include bits or lengthy information all kinds of landscaping and what are the elements related to these.

Free landscaping ideas available in the Internet are not only limited to a specific type of landscaping but to any kind of it. Background information and step-by-step procedures as well as detailed elements of landscaping that include patios, front and backyards, water features such as swimming pools, and other decorations for garden can also be found.

If you are new to landscaping and you need free landscaping ideas, all you need to do is to take time off work to learn the basics elements needed in implementing various concepts. Here are some free landscaping ideas available in the Internet. You can do your own variation using these free landscaping ideas:

1. Using a wide variety of plants. In any landscape idea, plants always play a big role because it serves as charming accessories for the space. The most ideal to use would be cyclamen plants because they don’t really need special caring and regular watering. They will always look good despite often trimming and watering.

2. The use of various trees. A good landscape idea should always involve the use of trees. In landscaping, American chestnut trees are ideal because it can be a great accessory to the garden. Aside from that, it can also provide practical benefits like serving as a shade during summer or rainy seasons.

3. Redefining the use of bleeding hearts. Bleeding hearts is a staple for most landscape designs because it is used by those homes that have shaded areas. But since the foliage of this plant die it has bloomed, vacant spots are apparent in planting bed. To keep your planting bed always in style, surround the bleeding hearts with other types of plants so the bed can still look stylish despite the vacant spot the bleeding hearts left.

4. Revolutionizing the use of creeping plants. In the Web, there are so many free landscaping ideas that involve the use of creeping plants such as thymes. Since most of them can stay short, creeping plants are now used to cover grounds, making it among the top lawn alternatives out there.

5. Install water features. Water features such as fountains are definitely one of best features your landscape can ever have. Being one of the latest trends in world of landscaping, water features are being installed by more and more people because they make the garden more visually appealing. It is not only pleasing to the eye but also helps aid relaxation through the soothing sounds it creates.

Aside from the mentioned above, there are still so many free landscaping ideas out there. All you need to do is to plan carefully the landscape design you have in mind and list down all the things that you need before searching them online. By doing this, you are maximizing your time in researching and improving your design.
Useful Landscaping Ideas for Your Front Yard

The front yard usually requires special attention since it is the part of the house that is seen most often. The beauty of your home can sometimes be judged by how well the front yard is designed. A cluttered front yard can say a lot about what can be found inside the home. A well-kept yet simple front yard design can say a lot about how a homeowner treats and gives worth to a property.

To create a beautiful front yard doesn’t usually require hiring an expert to do the job for you. Your own creativity can do a lot to brighten up your front yard. Your front yard doesn't have to be just a typical patch of grass, the usual mailbox, or small pool for the kids.

Front yard landscaping ideas are available for you out there to help create that important part of your home look unique and more attractive. With a little creative thinking, you can have a front yard that everyone in the neighborhood will talk about.

A good landscaping idea that you can use for your front yard is creating an attractive outdoor living area on it. Some people may apply such an idea to their backyard, but it can also be a unique touch to any front yard. A place where you and your friends and family may be able to lounge around or sit peacefully in the backyard can already be considered as an outdoor living space. It can be as easy as placing a bench under a tree to act as a shade.

You may even want to make use of plants to surround the area to add a private touch to this part of your front yard. The space that you create can be a perfect setting for observing the daily happenings in your neighborhood or just peacefully while away the time reading a good book. This quaint outdoor space in your front yard can become a welcome extension to your home's various living spaces.

Another way to put life into your front yard is by creating beautiful outdoor displays. Visually appealing landscaping in your front yard can make it all the more interesting. One way of doing it is by adding some visually stimulating objects that becomes a part of your front yard. This can be made possible by attracting a variety of interesting wildlife to come and visit your front yard paradise.

You may wish to add a bird house or bird bath in a good area of your front yard to welcome the birds to come by for a visit. You can also add some flowering plants in your front yard in order to attract butterflies that may help add some color and appeal. In so doing, you can help your own front yard spring to life, literally.

Adding up plants is one of the easiest and the best front yard landscaping ideas that you can use. Choosing the plants for your front yard would depend on how much time you can spend on maintaining and caring for it. If you do not have a lot of time to spend on caring for your newly landscaped front yard, you may choose to have more perennial plants for your front yard.

Perennials are plants that bloom year after year and require less time to maintain. Using them can be an inexpensive way to add to your front yard landscape.
Easy front yard landscaping

Having a low maintenance front yard is the goal of many people. You can get easy to manage front yard landscaping done by any of the professional landscapers in your area or you can do it yourself. Either way you can have front yard landscaping done that will take minimal work to keep looking fantastic all year round. If you are going to get a professional in to do your front yard landscaping though, be sure to tell him that this is your over all goal, that you want to have a yard that will not take a lot of work to keep up.

If you have less grass in your front yard landscaping then you will cut out a lot of maintenance time right there. Mowing the lawn can take up a lot of time and energy so keeping the grass to a minimum is a great way to save on work. Talk to the front yard landscaping expert about alternative that you can use to keep your yard look good with little lawn area.

Some people choose to use clover instead of grass. Using a clover lawn in your front yard landscaping is a good idea because it will save you money and time. You will not have to mow it very often at all and a clover lawn is even good for front yard landscaping in area that is prone to droughts. They do well virtually everywhere. And best of all for those who want to get out there and enjoy their front yard landscaping, bugs hate clover.

Watering the yard can be a big hassle as well. That is why many people incorporate automatic irrigation systems into their front yard landscaping designs these days. This can save you tons of time and money. This is one of the easiest ways for you to keep your yard looking healthy and well watered during the hotter months of the year. No more hooking up the sprinkler or having to drag out the hose. You can get a professional to install one of these systems for your front yard landscaping design quickly and easily or you can get a kit and do it yourself. I would recommend getting in a professional however, unless you have experience with this kind of thing. If you were to cause a leak then you could face some flooding and rotting and neither of these is going to do anything for your front yard landscaping, do you know what I mean?

Essentials of front-yard landscaping

Front-yard landscaping is one of the most important aspects of overall landscape design. Careful attention should always be given in landscaping the front-yard because it is the place that most people see very often—especially when they get to your house.

Getting started

When doing a landscape for your front-yard, the first major consideration would be your personal taste and preference. It is a must that you design your front-yard landscape in such a way that you want to see it not because of what other people tell you. To know what you really want, have a picture of front-yard landscape from different directions of going into the house.

By doing this, you can have an accurate assessment what are the things that you need to incorporate in your landscape design. When you do this, make sure that you have a pen and paper at hand so you can immediately jot down the list of the things that you need, the areas you need to improve on, and what are the parts of the front-yard that should be hidden or removed.

Also, take note of the accessibility in terms of entryways. This is very important because you can ensure you and your family's safety when there's accident such as fire and other calamities. While you’re at this, also take note of your front-yard's planting needs so you can meet it once you start with your front-yard landscaping.

The following are just some of the things that you need to pay attention to when you start with your front yard landscaping:

1. The architectural features, structures, and the plants. Architectural features are very important because these are just some of the permanent features of the front yard. You need to invest on this because this will be a very big part of your front yard for a long period of time. It is best to carefully plan the selection of materials to be used so the harmony and balance in your landscape will not be ruined.

Also, take note of structures such as steps and other entry points. When it comes to choosing plants, make sure that they can survive all throughout the year. You should also know how to place them properly to complement overall look of the front yard.

2. The entries. This is also a very significant part of front yard landscaping because it greatly impacts the entrance of your home. In landscaping entries, make sure that they are cleared enough and exude an inviting air. One great tip is to use plants that lead people to the main door of your home. You can also add structures such as dim lampposts and trellis as well as accent shrubs and potted plants to accentuate the entry way.

3. The walks. The best thing to do when landscaping walks in create a patent that will follow that natural access for walking. This is very practical to avoid people—especially children—in stepping on areas that they should not step on. You can opt for straight paths, which are the least expensive, but you can also opt for curved ones using logs and other materials.

4. The steps. The steps are also a significant part of any front yard landscaping because it connects the path where people walk. When you do your landscape, make sure that the steps are noticeable or obvious so people would be careful in stepping on it. To make it more noticeable, try using plants as accents.
Layering garden landscaping

Could your home do with a little more garden landscaping? Probably so, and that is a good thing. In fact you should be very excited about it because there is nothing more fun than garden landscaping, it will get your imagination working overtime and you will have a ball planting and rearranging your plants and flowers.

By layering your garden landscaping beds you will be able to add a whole other level of beauty to your landscaping design. Your yard is the first thing that people will see when they come to your house and giving a grand tour that includes a fabulous garden is always fun and exciting. You will be the talk of the neighborhood, and for all the right reasons this time, when you do some really good garden landscaping.

Layering your garden landscaping design is easy to do. You need to know the flowers that you are going to plant first however. The choices that you make as far as the flowers and other plants will affect just how your garden landscaping is laid out. For example you do not want to have the taller plants in front of the shorter ones. This is obvious but you should still make a rough sketch of where you want things laud out for your garden landscaping before you begin. This will help you to keep thins as simple as possible. Your garden landscaping will go a lot faster this way and you will run into fewer problems as you go.

When layering you should have about three layers. Your back row should face north, if it can, and the back row should have the tallest plants and as the rows descend so should the heights of the plants and flowers. The trick of this kind of garden landscaping is that oftentimes the plants we buy are baby plants. So you will need to talk to those working at your local gardening store about how large the plants will grow to be. This is key to successful garden landscaping. If the front or middle row of your garden landscaping design is going to grow much higher than the last row, then you will have to do some rearranging.

The layering affect of your garden landscaping design will add depth and make your garden much more interesting to look at. This is what will make your garden landscaping a success.Title:
Getting Rid of Standing Water in Your Yard

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Does your lawn look more like a swamp after it rains?  You don't need to hire a costly landscaper to solve the problem for you.  This article explains a simple method  to rid your lawn of standing water for good.

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Do you have one or more areas in your yard that hold water after a rainfall? This is a common problem, and sometimes difficult to solve. Over the years I’ve talked with dozens of people trying to battle this problem, and on several occasions I have been hired to solve the problem. So what can be done?

Too often people come to me asking what kind of a tree, or what kind of shrubs can be planted in a wet area to dry it up. This is the wrong approach. Most plants, and I mean almost all plants are not going to survive in an area where the soil is soggy for extended periods of time. The roots need to breathe, and planting a tree or shrub in a water area will kill it.

Another common approach is to try and fill the area with topsoil. Depending on a variety of variables, this can work, but many times adding additional soil to a wet area will only shift the water to another area just a few feet away.

If you are lucky enough to have some natural fall to your property, or a drainage ditch nearby, this problem is easy enough to solve. If you happen to live in an area that was developed over the past few years, there might even be a system to remove storm water nearby. In many new home developments I’ve seen stormwater catch basins already installed in backyards. Trust me, this is a good thing. There is nothing worse than having a soggy yard all the time.

If you are fortunate to have some fall to your yard, or a stormwater system that you can drain water into, this problem is easy to solve. Make sure you check with your local officials before you do anything at all with a storm drain.

All you have to do is go to your local building supply center and buy some 4” perforated plastic drain pipe. The best kind for this purpose is the flexible kind that comes in 100’ rolls. This type of drain pipe has small slits all around the pipe. These slits allow water to enter the pipe so it can be carried away.

Just dig a trench from the center of the low area you are trying to drain, to the point that you intend to drain it to. Using a simple line level you can set up a string over top of the trench to make sure that your pipe runs downhill all the way. A line level is a very small level that is designed to attach to a string. Any hardware stores sells them for just a couple of dollars. Set the string up so it is level, then measure from the string to the bottom of your trench to make sure you have constant fall. You should have 6” fall for every 100’ of pipe.

The highest point is going to be the area that you are trying to drain, so you only want your pipe deep enough at this point so it can be covered with soil. Once the trench is dug just lay the pipe in. At the highest end of the pipe you’ll need to insert a strainer into the end of the pipe to keep soil from entering the pipe. Cover the pipe with some washed stone, and then backfill the trench with soil. The washed stone creates a void around the pipe so that the water can find its way into the pipe.

Washed stone is usually inexpensive stone that has been washed so it is clean and free of mud. The only part of the pipe that needs to be exposed is the low end, where the water exits the pipe. Do not put a strainer in that end.

If you do not have anywhere that you can drain the water to, you still might be able to do something. But first consider what is happening, and why the water is standing where it is. Even if you have well drained soil, water cannot soak in fast enough during periods of heavy rain, and it runs across the top of the ground and eventually finds the lowest point, and either leaves the property, or gets trapped.

If you have well drained soil, the trapped water usually soaks in. If you have heavy clay soil, the water lays there, and the soil underneath becomes very compacted, and the problem compounds itself. The more water that stands, the worse the drainage gets.

What I have done in areas like this, where there is standing water, but nowhere to drain it to, is to install a French drain system that actually carries the water away from the low area, and allows it to seep into the ground over a larger distance, where the soil is not quite so compacted. To install this French drain system you do everything exactly as explained above, except instead of draining the water to a lower area, you can send it in any direction you like. Even in the direction from which it came, which is uphill.

When installing this type of system, it’s a good idea to dig a number of shorter trenches, all heading away from the area where the water stands. Using the line level, make sure your trenches fall away from their point of origin so once the water enters the pipes it will flow away from the wet spot. What is going to happen is that during times of heavy rain the low area is still going to trap water, but much of that water is going to seep into the drain pipes and eventually leach into the soil under each trench.

Because this soil has not been compacted by the standing water and the baking sun, it will accept the water. It won’t happen nearly as fast as if you could just drain the water to a ditch, but at least you will have a mechanism in place that will eventually disperse the water back into the soil. It’s a lot easier to leach 200 gallons of water into a series of trenches that total 100 lineal feet, than it is to expect that water to leach into a 10’ by 10’ area that is hard and compact.

Giving Your Home A Step-Up In Curb Appeal

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The next time you pull up to your home and think it's looking a bit run-down, think of what it might look like to a discriminating homebuyers.

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The next time you pull up to your home and think it's looking a bit run-down, think of what it might look like to a discriminating homebuyer. In today's competitive real estate market, curb appeal is among the most important challenges homeowners face. If the siding on your home is in need of repair, drive-by homebuyers will just keep on moving.

That's one reason many homeowners are opting for long-lasting, low-maintenance siding. One popular brand, WeatherBoards™ FiberCement Siding by CertainTeed, offers the visual appeal of natural wood with the lasting durability of a modern material. In fact, WeatherBoards features the most authentic wood grain in the industry, which allows homeowners to enjoy the appearance of wood without all the upkeep.

A blend of Portland cement, sand, wood fiber and specialty additives, this fiber cement siding has a less porous surface than others. In other words, it holds paint well. So you will spend more time admiring your house and less time worrying about maintaining it. This siding also comes in a broad selection of pre-finished colors and stains.

Selecting siding that works well with your home may seem overwhelming with so many shapes, styles and trims on the market today. Be sure to look for brands that continually earn recognition for appeal and performance. WeatherBoards in particular consistently outperforms wood and other old-world materials with its overall durability and natural style. It also comes with a Class 1(A) fire rating, is resis-tant to wood-boring insects and UV rays, and features a 50-year warranty.

Growing Hibiscus

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Before growing Hibiscus, a fair amount of planning is required. Do you want to grow them in your garden, use them for landscaping or hedging or keep them pots that can be kept indoors or out? What size and type of plant do you want?

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Before growing Hibiscus, a fair amount of planning is required. Do you want to grow them in your garden, use them for landscaping or hedging or keep them pots that can be kept indoors or out? What size and type of plant do you want? 

Potted culturing has to be confined to the smaller varieties. For outdoors, the size is dependent on the use. Large types are ideal for landscaping. Those used as hedges can be medium in size. If you want the Hibiscus to blend with other plants in the garden, smaller ones are ideal. For bonsai, use old, compact plants with small leaves.

Check with nurseries or other growers in your area to ascertain which species is best suited for you. You cannot be sure of the color of the flowers unless a plant you purchase is in bloom. There are plants that give common but romantic five petal singles or ones with double layers. 

First time gardeners should purchase the right gardening tools, accessories, and perhaps a book on the subject of "growing Hibiscus".

When growing Hibiscus, choose a sunny spot. The plant is tolerant to many conditions, but thrives in sandy soil with some organic content and slight acidity. Planting materials can be obtained from a nursery. 

The propagation is through cuttings, hybrid-grafting and, in the case of certain species, through germinated seeds. Germinated seeds might not have all the characteristics of the mother plant.

The plant has to be watered until it establishes. Moisture retention is important, and mulching helps this. Water the potted plants from the top and not at the base. Proper fertilizing is important, but remember that excessive nitrogen will promote vegetative growth and may not help the flowering. Pesticides, insecticides and fungicides may have to be used depending on the need. It is best to opt for organic products including fertilizers. Make sure that you follow the label instructions.

Hibiscus growing is highly relaxing and satisfying.

Hillside Landscaping-Proper Watering

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Eliminating dry spots and dead plants due to water runoff on hillside and sloped landscapes.

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Sloped and hillside lawns and landscapes tend to develop dry dead spots during the hot part of the season. This is primarily due to water run off before it has a chance to saturate into the soil. Deep saturation is a key to a healthy lawns and plants. Deep watering helps establish deeper roots that can handle Summer heat stress.

Water that runs off or just barely breaks the surface, obviously does the lawn or landscape very little good. So how do you give landscaping and lawn on a slope better saturation?

Split your water cycle duration into two or three short cycles. If your water cycle is 30 minutes, you might split the cycle into three 10 minute cycles. So on watering days, you'll run the system for the specified amount of time, let it soak for a few hours, then repeat this for the number of times needed.

To determine the exact amount of time needed, turn on the lawn sprinkler and watch for how long it takes for runoff to begin. This is the maximum of how long each cycle should be.

Don’t just split your cycles into different days. You need deep saturation for healthier plants. Plants and lawns like infrequent deep waterings much more than frequent shallow waterings.

Landscaping and specimen plants on a hillside will also benefit from better saturation. Plants should be planted in larger holes filled with good soil that absorbs water easily. Also, dams and water wells should be built on the downhill side of the plant. This will help give the water time to soak straight down to the root zone before it runs off.

History of Gardening

Gardening is an integral part of the history of landscape
architecture. Without the knowledge of gardening, plants
would easily die out and there will be nothing for people
to admire in lawns and parks everywhere in the world.

This article takes a peek at the history of gardening
beginning from the ancient times to today’s society.

People have appreciated having vast lawns and gardens in
their households for a long time. Even in ancient Egyptian
tombs, there are illustrations that show ponds surrounded
by different types of trees which are evidences of how
gardening flourished even at that time.

Then there’s the fabled Hanging Gardens of Babylon which is
one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was said
to have been built by the Persian king Darius the Great for
his wife.

The civilizations that came after Egypt and Persia
continued with this tradition of having a vast expanse of
gardens. These include the Ancient Greeks and Romans.

But gardening isn’t an entirely Western activity. Even the
ancient Chinese and Japanese have built landscapes in their

Their designs are usually aimed at replicating natural
landscapes such as mountains and rivers.

The Middle Ages brought about a revival of gardening
practices in Europe. By the 16th to the 18th centuries, the
development of such gardens was at an all time high.

And while gardening of the past was solely in the domain of
houses and temples, it played an important role in urban
planning by the time the 20th century came.

It has since then played a part in the creation not only of
houses but also of buildings throughout the world.Is home landscaping different than other landscaping?

home landscaping is no different than any other kind of landscaping. It is natural for people to want their home to look as fab as it possibly can, who does not want the kind of yard that the whole neighborhood is envious of? And he beauty of home landscaping is that it does not have to be hard and much of it can be done by you. All it will take a it a little elbow grease and some time to spare and you can design your own home landscaping design quickly and easily.

There are even products on the market that will help you to find the best home landscaping idea out there. You can choose to use home landscaping software for one. These programs can be a great help to you as you are trying to figure out what will suit your home and yard the best. With these types of programs you will get to see a few different layouts and options are always good when trying to narrow down your choices.

If home landscaping software programs are not for you, then you can try doing a search online for some wonderful home landscaping ideas. The internet is full of great sites that you can use to get everything done the right way. It is important to do plenty of research before you start your own home landscaping so that you keep the number of mistakes made down to a minimum. If you do make a boo-boo, don’t worry about it, any thing can be fixed.

Before you start your home landscaping you will need to also look into any gas lines and electrical lines that may be running through your yard. This is very important if you are planning to be doing a lot of digging. You cannot afford to hit any of these things, not only can it cost you a bundle to fix, it can also be very dangerous. Hitting an electrical line with a metal shovel could put an end to all of your work, your life too.

You will also need to find out about zoning restrictions that could affect your home landscaping. In some places you cannot have trees too high and even some fences are not allowed. Find out these kinds of things before you start your home landscaping work and you could save a lot of time and money.Title:
House-Painting Tips

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The exterior of your home is the first impression you give the outside world and a good paint job is critical to your home's appearance.

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Seasons wreak havoc on a home's exterior. In fact, Americans spend over $4.8 billion annually on maintenance services. Spring is the ideal time for homeowners to plan the repainting of their homes. The exterior of your home is the first impression you give the outside world and a good paint job is critical to your home's appearance.

Ed Waller, co-founder of Certa-Pro Painters, offers tips on painting the exterior of your home and ideas to make your job easier.

• First, evaluate the condition of your house. Look for bare wood, metal or masonry surfaces. That's where paint is worn and you need a new coat, or you have other problems such as moisture that a professional painter should assess for you.

• Use a cleaning solution to remove dirt on siding. Scrub well and rinse thoroughly.

• Prepare your house well if you are repainting it. Some loose paint is obvious, some is hard to find by just looking at it.

• Buy the best paint possible for the exterior of a house. The best paint will withstand the elements better than a cheaper type and in the long run may actually save money. The same goes for brushes and rollers.

• Be sure to paint in the shade on a bright day. Painting in the sun can cause the paint to dry too fast and blister.

• Brush first, then roll. Paint the trim last.

How to Keep Your Soil Healthy and Fertile

A successful landscape is one that lasts a long time. But
if you’re wondering what the secret is for a landscape’s
longevity then the answer lies on the soil. If your soil is
good, then you are almost always assured of growing healthy

However, not every soil in the world is built for growing
good plants. More often than not, there are several things
you have to do first before you can even plant anything on
particular plot of land. Here are some tips on how you can
have a soil that is healthy and fertile.

1. Mix your soil with compost

- mixing your soil with compost makes it better in
retaining air and water than ordinary soil can. Also, the
compost introduces more nutrients to the soil which will
help a lot in growing plants.

Creating compost can take a while, though. Active
composting, wherein you take a systematic approach in
creating compost, takes about a month.

Meanwhile, passive composting, the method where you let
nature take its course in composting the organic materials,
takes much longer.

2. Putting mulch on your soil

- mulch is any type of organic material that you put on top
of your soil. It can range from cut grass to bark. Putting
mulch on the soil can help the soil retain water better and
prevent it from eroding easily.

3. Take it easy on the fertilizer

- just because fertilizers help put nutrients on your soil
doesn’t mean you have to overdo it. In fact, too much
fertilizer can have adverse effects on your soil and the
environment in general.How to Start a Landscaping Business

There is money to be made mowing someone’s lawn and cutting the trees. Why? This is because some homeowners don’t have the time to do it and this is where you come in by starting your own landscaping business.

But a landscaping business does not only involve doing some chores that a kid can do on their own. You also have to plant some trees, flowers and shrubs and take care of them. Major projects also require you to decorate an entire area including the installation of walls and lights so people will also be able to see your work at night.

Those who are starting out can work on homes in the neighborhoods and when they are ready to handle something bigger, they can offer their services to public and private schools, the park and office buildings.

Probably one of the biggest projects to undertake is a golf course because there are more than 18 holes to finish and each one has a different terrain.

But can you still enter the market when there are plenty of them around? The answer is yes because as long as homeowners do not have time to do it themselves and more infrastructure projects are being done annually, there is plenty of room for everybody.

According to the US Bureau of Statistics, the demand for landscaping services grows much faster than the national average for any other occupation. You can probably quit your day job and devote most of your time here as long as you the have the desire to succeed.

Do you need a college degree and a huge sum of money as startup capital? The answer is also no. Some of the things you will need include a truck, a weed eater, a broom, rake, cellphone, lawnmower and computer. If you already have a truck, the others items will probably total under $2,500.

However, it wouldn’t hurt to have a little background in agriculture, business or horticulture so you know what you are talking about when giving advice to clients. There are courses and seminars you can take so you are able to learn and earn some money at the same time. 

Some entrepreneurs start out by doing the job themselves and then when they are ready to expand, decide to hire one or two workers to cover a larger area. It is going to be back breaking work especially in the beginning but as things pick up, you don’t have to get your hands dirty that often anymore and instead supervise your crew.

If you offer services that will be using chemicals and pesticides, you will have to enroll in a 6 to 8 week course at the community college that costs less than $200. This will guarantee you know what you are doing so you don’t kill the plants or harm anybody.

Starting a landscape business or in any other for that matter will always be challenging. So start out small and then see what happens. Since more money is going out than going in, build a good rapport with your clients so they can refer you to their friends. You can give out calling cards and advertise later on so you can get a bigger share of the business.

Also, don’t be afraid to take chances because you may even be better than some who have been in the business for a long time. 
How much water does a lawn really need?

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Find out how much you really need to water your lawn to keep it healthy and beautiful.

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Well, while your soil type, the amount of sunshine, and the climate all come into play, a good rule of thumb is 1 to 1 1/2 inches a week.

What is most important is HOW you water.  You want to water deeply and infrequently to have a healthy deep rooted grass lawn.

Let's say you decide on 1 1/2 inches a week.  You can do it in 2 doses or one, but don't do just a little each day.  If you do a little each day your grass will have shallow roots and you can have all kinds of drought problems.

Now if you have sandy soil it is best to water your lawn twice a week since sandy soil drains faster and soon the water becomes too far down for your thirsty grass roots to reach it.

By the same token, if you have dry heavy clay soil you may need to water 3 times a week due to it's water repelling qualities.

If you are unsure how much water your sprinklers put out in an hour, then put out a few plastic tubs to measure how much water your lawn is getting and then adjust your watering time accordingly.  Also by putting out several tubs you can see if your sprinklers are watering the whole yard evenly or not.

The best time to water is early in the morning.  If you wait till afternoon you lose some of your water to evaporation.  If you water at night you could be inviting diseases to your lawn because of the length of time it stays wet.

A couple tips to ensure your lawn looks great when it gets really hot out is to not mow as short and to leave the grass clippings on the yard.

By increasing your mowing height the lawn is less stressed and able to cool itself. Also grass clippings left on the lawn will actually give the grass's roots more moisture and minerals which will help it to be less stressed.  Contrary to popular belief grass clippings will not cause thatch buildup.

So you see it is just as important how you water as how much you water.  It is not that difficult to keep your lawn green and lush with a little planning when it comes to watering.

How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard Paradise For Less Than $100

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Like many Americans, you may find bird watching to be a fascinating hobby. At the same time, perhaps you wonder how you can attract regular visitors to your yard without busting the bank by purchasing expensive foliage, feeders, and food. Here are some tips toward helping you establish a backyard paradise that is certain to welcome birds without draining your wallet.

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Like many Americans, you may find bird watching to be a fascinating hobby. At the same time, perhaps you wonder how you can attract regular visitors to your yard without busting the bank by purchasing expensive foliage, feeders, and food. Here are some tips toward helping you establish a backyard paradise that is certain to welcome birds without draining your wallet.

1. Purchase a Birdbath. Prices for birdbaths can run anywhere from 10 dollars for the plastic model to well into the hundreds of dollars for the sculpted concrete model with lights and a waterfall. Birds are attracted to water, the glitter of sunlight will catch their eyes and bring them flying in. So, the plastic one works as well as the expensive one. If you must have a better model, check out the yard sales in your neighborhood for a good used birdbath. Amount budgeted: $10.

2. Invest in a Squirrel Proof Birdfeeder. For approximately 25 to 30 dollars you can get a birdfeeder that is squirrel resistant. Squirrels put their little paws on the doors to the feeder and it closes shut without hurting the squirrels. Because birds are so lightweight, they will be able to freely access the feeder and dine sumptiously. The added cost of the more expensive feeder will be offset by the savings in food that will no longer be consumed and wasted by ravenous squirrels. Amount budgeted: $30.

3. Purchase Good Seed. Much of the seed out there is simply filler seed especially if it is dirt cheap. Spend a little more and purchase black oil sunflower seed as the variety of birds attracted to this type of seed is wide. Most of the home center stores offer bags as large as 50 lbs. Start with a five pound bag and you will only spend about $6 for the initial supply of seed. Amount budgeted: $6.

4. Hang Suet. Suet can be pricey, but if acquired in bulk it can cost you less than 70 cents per block. A suet holder should only cost you another 2 or 3 dollars. If you can, place the suet a fair distance away from the birdfeeder, but not far enough away where you won't notice the "traffic" flying from the birdfeeder to the suet and over to the birdbath. Amount budgeted: $12.

5. Provide Cover. Unless your yard is a barren landscape, you more than likely already have ample amounts of greenery present. You want to have a place for birds to rest, to check out your yard, and avoid cats. Consider moving shubbery around to provide a safe haven for your feathered friends. Amount budgeted: $0 -- use your own sweat to move shrubbery, if needed!

Total expenditure to get your birding program in place: $68. Keep the remaining funds to replenish your sunflower seeds and suet in the coming months. Check birding books out from the public library if you need reading material.

Once you have everything in place, you should be able to attract birds almost immediately. If you live in an area frequented by chickadees, house finches, cardinals, nuthatches, goldfinches, grosbeaks, bluejays,and titmice they will arrive and eat the sunflower seeds. Wrens, nuthatches and flickers will be common visitors to your suet.

In summation, you can transfer your yard into a backyard paradise filled with the wonders of God's feathered creations and you will be joining in with the majority of Americans who share a love of this common hobby.

For more information about birding please visit the National Audubon Society's web site.

How To Light Up a Garden Fountain

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If you have a garden fountain you can create amazing effect with some good lighting.

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You are able to make a fountain shine, light up an entire pond from inside, highlighting an attractive statue, or raise the expression of a particularly gorgeous tree.
You can install garden fountain lights inside or outside lighting. You need to know that all should be connected to a GFI for your own protection,

Before you start shopping for garden fountain lights, try out different effects with a strong flashlight or a spotlight on an extension cord. Focus for simplicity and nuance. Do not let yourself get carried away and chance your garden fountain into a amusement park , but keep your eye on elegance.

There are numerous types of in garden fountain lights, and each one produces its own special effect, depending upon how you position it almost all designs demand lights that have dark, subdued cases. Chromium steel or white casings can be obtrusive, particularly during daylight.

Garden fountain lights, either in white or colorations, add drama to a sprayer. A few garden fountain lights also come equip with transparent rolls of various colors. Colorful light, nevertheless, should be used sparingly-it can easily become tacky.

A lot of garden fountain lights have installed  timers that let you to automatically turn the lights off and on. You are also able to put in an independent timer in the lighting setup. Timers not only save you the hazel  of regularizing the light, they also save on your electricity bill.

How to place your garden fountain lights

The first rule in setting up your fountain lights is to never them shine straight on the water since they'll produce a harsh glare. In-ponds, lights need reasonably clean water to be efficient. Muddy water obstructs too much light and decreases the light's effectiveness substantially. If you've fish in your water garden, allow dark areas where they can back away from the light. Fish need a great deal of crevices for safety. And never brighten the entire pond, particularly all night. If possible, place out-of-water lights to hide their casings and cord underneath a deck, behind a stone, or tucked into the leafage of a shrub. Any type of lighting you prefer, be sensitive to its effect on the neighbors. Do not let the lights beam in their windows.

Installation of Low Power Garden Fountain Lights

Contrary to  normal 120-volt lights, installation of low-power landscape lights is a breeze, even for novices. And they are fairly safe because of their low voltage. Numerous low-voltage lighting schemes are sold as kits, complete with instruction manuals.

Installing a low-voltage system begins with installing a transformer, which cuts down the regular home current from one hundred twenty volts to twelve volts. Set up the transformer just about the GFI receptacle closest to the water feature, using the manufacturers directions. Even 12-volt systems should utilize a GFI unit to prevent shocks. Most transformers are plainly mounted next to an electric outlet and plugged into it.

How to Make the Most of Your Garden

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Landscaping and beautifying your home is a never-ending adventure.

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WHEN you buy a new house or decide to improve your old one, you are, of course, concerned with every foot of ground that goes with it, for modern living and modern gardening can make every inch of your property usable and desirable. New methods of soil improvement, grading, fencing and terracing make even sloping, hilly lots, hitherto undesirable, now attractive and choice. Modern chemistry has brought new nutrients to the soil and has provided weapons against the traditional enemies of the garden: disease and insects. Hardier bulbs and seeds make gardens more successful as well as wonderfully vivid. Fabulous hybrids have lengthened the list of flowering trees and shrubs, creating specimens for every colour and design scheme, every type of house and garden. New gardening equipment and materials speed the time-consuming garden tasks. New ways of living bring us into the outdoors, and barbecue meals and comfortable lawn furnishings make a small suburban back yard as luxuriously enjoyable as was previously possible only on a large estate.

Architecturally, today's house is much more a part of the outdoors than was yesterday's. Large picture windows, glass walls, glassed-in sun porches and terraces all combine to make the garden a part of the house. Consequently, the view becomes that much more important. A beautiful garden, a luxuriant turf and healthy blossoming trees all add as much to the interior of your home as your draperies or wallpaper. The effort and time you spend on your lawns and gardens will repay you in every way, indoors as well as out.

When you plan your grounds you will be governed by many of the principles you employ in decorating your home. Proportion, texture, colour, line, harmony, and function —these are terms that apply to landscaping as well as decorating. And if you have large grounds you will benefit from careful planning just as much as does the owner of a third of an acre.

Garden books are filled with formal plans for perfect gardens and grounds, but you will want to consider not the perfect garden in itself, but the one plan that will be perfect for your particular family. Analyse your family, its needs and habits; then design your grounds to best satisfy its prejudices, desires and demands.
The thing to do is hold a family council and talk over what you want to do. Of course, you will be governed by questions of cost and available space. Draw a plan of your property in fairly large scale, about 1/4 inch to the foot. Now make a list of the things the family wants, such as a barbecue, tool house, drying yard, rock garden, fences, playhouse, badminton court, better lounging facilities.

Unless you are fortunate and have spacious grounds, you probably won't be able to work everything into your program—but with Planning, you can do things gradually. You can plan your garden so that it never looks bare and yet is always roomy enough for the additions you intend to make in the future. And some projects will serve more than one function. For example, if you need a driveway and have young children, a blacktop that can be used for hopscotch and bicycle riding will serve a double purpose, and easily justify its cost. Or a fence that cuts off an unpleasant view can also act as a windbreak and a handsome background for a lounging area. A retaining wall can double as a rock garden when planted with hardy dwarf shrubs and other rock-garden species.

Generally, most grounds are divided in three ways: the public area, the area that can be seen from the street; the service area, which includes garage and parking facilities, delivery facilities, clothes-drying equipment, outside storage space and garbage disposal; and the private area, located in the rear of the house. Here is your back yard, available for games and lounging; a terrace or outdoor dining area; the children's playground and a garden with flowers, fruits, vegetables, walks and, perhaps, pool.

In each division there are things to strive for—and to avoid. In your front, or public area, for example, plan for a minimum of care. Select flowers and shrubs that will help you present an attractive face to the passer-by at all times without any undue fussing on your part, so that when you can't manage to give as much time as you would like to your grounds, the front of your house will still be presentable. In your service area, plan for off-street parking; for deliveries that can be made without intrusion on the privacy of your lawn or terrace; for a drying yard that won't be seen from the street. For your private area, use the largest part of your plot; take advantage of existing trees and the shade afforded by your house and garage for lounging spots. Have seats in pleasant corners and screen off the children's play areas from the rest of the garden.

Needless to say, landscaping can be a never-ending adventure, a pastime that is as gratifying as it is beautifying, for the creation and care of flowers and trees, vines and shrubs, lawns and fences, brings luxury to the home, happiness to the family, and pleasure to all who behold the beauty of a "well-dressed" house.


How To Make Your Own Moss Landscape Rock and Garden Statues

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You can create a lot of atmosphere in shady and water gardens simply by adding the element of moss to the landscape. However, natural moss can take quite a while to grow. Here's how you can make your own moss covered landscape rocks and statues without the wait.

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Moss can make some garden elements and even entire shady gardens look and feel aged and established. The trouble with garden moss though, is that sometimes it may not even grow at all on its own. And if it does, it could take a very long time to become established.

Here's a way you can accelerate and establish a beautiful green moss cover over your garden rocks and concrete features. This method doesn't work well on resin statues and artificial landscape rocks.

First stir a fist size clump of porcelain clay into 3 cups of water to form a thin paste. You can usually get porcelain clay from local hobby shops.

Then combine the clay mixture with one cup of undiluted fish emulsion and one cup of fresh, shredded moss. Fish emulsion is a plant fertilizer made from whole fish. It’s usually available at retail nurseries and garden centers.

Mix everything together and paint it on your rocks and concrete objects with a paint brush. Keep things in the garden slightly moist by misting and taking care not to wash the mixture off.

Remember that moss grows naturally in patches, likes the North side of objects, and takes readily to cracks and crevices.

Use this formula in shady gardens and in moist locations and you can most probably have moss on your garden statues and landscape rocks in a few weeks.

How to Plant Spring Flower Bulbs

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Spring is the favorite season of many. It is a time of rebirth, renewal, and rejuvenation. One of the greatest joys of spring is the beautiful assortment of flowers. You can get this joy at home by planting spring flower bulbs. These are bulbs that bloom in early spring while other plants are still developing.

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Spring is the favorite season of many. It is a time of rebirth, renewal, and rejuvenation. One of the greatest joys of spring is the beautiful assortment of flowers. You can get this joy at home by planting spring flower bulbs. These are bulbs that bloom in early spring while other plants are still developing.

There are many spring flowering bulbs, but some of the most popular are crocus, tulip, narcissus, and hyacinth. These bulbs should be planted before the ground freezes, preferably in late September or early October. This enables them to develop a strong root system before the first frost.

Spring flower bulbs should be planted in an area that drains well. Bulbs will rot in standing water. They must also receive adequate sunshine—at least six hours daily. The soil doesn’t need any special treatment, but it should be loose and workable. If you are working a new area, you might want to add some compost or peat moss.

When it comes time to dig the hole, follow the package directions. Most bulbs will require a depth of six to eight inches, but loosen the soil for an additional four inches. Place the bulb in the ground with the pointy end facing up. Pack the dirt firmly and water thoroughly.

Spring flower bulbs require very little care. Simply water them occasionally, and add a mulch cover when cold weather comes. With a little water, sunshine, and luck, you will be blessed with beautiful, fragrant blooms in early spring.

How to Reduce Pollution Using a Robotic Lawn Mower

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Robotic lawn mowers emit no pollution, are fully autonomous, and will dramatically reduce the need for watering and fertilizers while making your yard even more green and beautiful.  Save the planet and save the sweat.

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Even if you are not an environmentalist, the price of gas will definitely make you a conservationist. Gas prices continue to climb.  Personally, going to the gas station with my little red gas can is not a trip of leisure, it has always been a chore.

It is common knowledge that gas powered lawn mowers are serious environmental polluters.  It is estimated that 1 hour of lawn mower use equals driving an SUV 100 miles.  I have read that lawnmowers contribute up to 5% of the nation’s pollution.  Even more alarming comparisons and statistics can be found on the internet.

Fertilizers and weed killers are contaminating our rivers and streams.  Herbicides that run off yards in Minnesota affect the Mississippi Delta just as much as those used in Arkansas.  We worry about terrorists attacking our water supply as we cumulatively lay down the spring and fall weed-and-feed.

Even as more cities are putting on water restrictions, lawn sprinkler companies are hard pressed to keep up with demand.  During the driest times one only has to drive a few blocks in the early morning to get a free car wash.  Even in a pouring rain sprinklers systems are going full tilt.

So what can we do to keep our yards looking nice without doing harm to the environment?  Robotic lawn mowers are one answer.

Robotic lawn mowers can mow on a schedule and return to the charging base by them selves all season long without human intervention.  This has two benefits, the most obvious is more time to do other things.  The second is the less time people spend doing yard work the less money they are going to spend on their yards.  Translation: fewer herbicides and pesticides equals less underground water contaminates.

By allowing the grass to get too high and then cutting it too low causes thatch.  Thatch is that long dead cut grass that smothers the roots and prevents the morning dew from reaching the tender roots on top, it also acts like a blanket in the hot sun.  By allowing the robotic lawnmowers to cut frequently only the very tips of the grass are cut.  Since the clippings are very small they break down very rapidly and become a natural fertilizer.  This means the need for less water and less application fertilizer, yet a much lusher and greener yard.

Robotic lawn mowers run on batteries, they burn no gas or oil.  It is estimated that it costs only $7.00 a year in electricity to mow all season long.  That is quite a savings!

Due to higher quality components robotic lawn mowers built today have a life expectancy of about 10 years, the same as a quality riding lawn mower.

In summary, robotic lawn mowers emit no pollution, are fully autonomous, and will dramatically reduce the need for watering and fertilizers while making your yard even more green and beautiful.  Save the planet and save the sweat.


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