In our outdoor gardening category, I provide you with an array of resources designed to help cultivate a thriving garden under the open sky. From practical guides on soil preparation, plant selection, and maintenance to innovative gardening techniques, expect everything needed to enhance your gardening experience and create a bountiful outdoor oasis.
Tired of battling stubborn weeds in your garden? Learn the secret weapon that professional gardeners swear by – leaf mulch for weed control. Find out how you can save time and effort while maintaining a pristine garden!
Bamboo is a highly aggressive, invasive exotic plant species. It owes its reputation to the fact that it is the fastest-growing class of grass on earth. Bamboo can choke natural vegetation in a brief period, effectively crowding out native flora. It is imperative to realize that it is challenging to get rid of bamboo once it has taken root.
Good wiring takes lots of practice to do effectively. Work towards using as little wire as possible to achieve your goal. Selecting the right wire balances cost and function, with the copper wire being stronger (but more expensive) than anodized aluminum wire.
Starting a tree in a raised bed and systematically reducing its container size, roots, and foliage is a common starting process for styling a bonsai tree. Combine this with growing a sacrificial branch to thicken the trunk girth while using a tourniquet to add taper.
The development of a Bonsai tree is inextricably linked to pruning or pinching, the removal of roots and shoots to create a work of art. The objective of pruning is three-fold: shaping the stock, directing growth to underdeveloped areas, and boosting ramifications.
Bonsai trees manifest a plant’s survival ability in dramatically altered but managed environments. The tree, now removed from its natural environment, depends on the gardener’s skills to ensure its continued survival. That includes where it is placed.
Nutritional regimens are one of the keys to growing Bonsai successfully. Simplify Gardening has made a special effort to answer it conclusively and specifically. We need to consider several variables to optimize fertilizer applications. Application timing must coincide with growth phases, soil temperatures, plant hardening needs, nutrient requirements, and local climates. Nutritional elements need to … Read more
We hire a gardener when we are short on time and lack the necessary skills, equipment, and enthusiasm. It’s easy to see why gardeners charge what they do, whether for seasonal landscaping maintenance, one-off work like bond cleans, or regular lawn care service.
It’s best to build a pond in a sunny area. A pond, on the other hand, can be sited in an area that is shaded for part of the day or rests in dappled shade. It’s not a good idea to build a pond in a heavily forested area because it will become stagnant – the plants that provide oxygen to the water will require some sunlight.
Disadvantages of gardening can range from a huge amount of work, tick and insect bites, exposure to harmful chemicals, risk of injuries and it can be expensive with the purchase of tools and amendments.
Whether you need an ornamental shrub (Roses) for enhanced privacy (Weigela) or to attract pollinators (Abelia), there is a shrub for everyone. Shrubs would not only offer sweet-smelling blossoms (Sweetshrub) or tasty berries (Beautyberry) but will also add upbeat accents to your garden.
Most dwarf conifers have a height that is between two to six feet at maturity. They often add three to six inches annually. Other dwarf conifers will reach six to fifteen feet at maturity, growing at a rate of six to twelve inches annually.
Good quality lawn paint is made of non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients. And since it is natural pigment and not paint, it neither blocks sunlight nor seeps into the grass. So, it is safe for you, your grass, children, pets, and even the environment.
Good drainage is critical for the survival of potted plants. During watering, these openings ensure water flows through to the bottom and the excess water drains. Once the water flows down, it leaves room for air which is also essential for root development. When you have these holes in your container, the plant uses them … Read more
Creating patterns in your lawn is your best bet to make things more interesting and achieve more beautiful lawns. The first step in attaining great lawn patterns is getting your tools ready. You will need a lawnmower with blades that are sharp enough.
Perennials are usually more difficult to control than annuals or biennials because they spread both vegetatively and by dispersing seeds. While some are invasive, others take a lot of space. However, perennials considered invasive in one area may not necessarily be invasive in other areas.
Raised beds do attracts termites and cause termite infestation. However, said infestation is heavily dependent on several conditions, such as the wood you used, the moisture levels of the raised bed itself as well as the general area of your garden, and the placement of the gardening bed.
If you want to use a natural alternative to get rid of weeds, boiling water can be used. The easiest method is to pour the boiling water over the weeds and ensure it penetrates the ground where the weeds are growing. Then cover your hands and carry the pot over to the designated area and pour over the weeds.
Rotating your crops in a raised bed involves organization and refraining from planting a given family of plants in the same area each year. Soil is rested as different nutrients are utilized depending on the plants being grown. It also helps microbe diversity.
Staking a raised garden bed involves driving stakes into the corners of the bed to keep the box secure. The stakes support the raised garden bedsides and help keep the garden bed from slipping, which is important if you install it with an incline.
Grass grows taller and forms clumps, The stems turn woody, and the grass pushes out a seed head. This creates patchy areas within the lawn. Nutrients are used and not replaced, and this provides the appropriate conditions for weeds to germinate. Eventually, the lawn will be overrun by weeds and return to a natural state.
Japanese Knotweed can be killed by using a multi pronged approach of the following 5 methods.
Digging out the rhizomes. This removes the food source for the plant to continue to grow.
Smother The Plant. Laying tarps over the plant removes the light. The plant cannot photosynthesize.
Cut the plant regularly. Each time you cut the plant, it has to use energy to produce top growth. This weakens the root system.
Inject herbicide directly into the rhizome. This will help destroy the plant’s root system; a licensed company should perform it.
Burn all clippings of Japanese Knotweed. The smallest piece of this plant has the ability to infest new locations.