Have A Neglected Garden? Here’s How To Bring It Back To Life

By: admin | Posted on: Feb/07/2018

 
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There are a number of reasons why gardens can become neglected. No matter the extent of the situation, gardens can still be restored through various ways and regain their original appeal. With proper planning, consistent effort, and tons of patience, you can easily rejuvenate any type of garden and transform it.

 

Test the soil

 

It’s always a smart idea to get a soil test before you start dealing with a neglected garden. This can be really useful if you were growing vegetables and fruits. However, a soil test may not be necessary if you’re only growing annual and perennial flowers. For additional information on that process, see our article here.

 

Learn the value of regular pruning

 

Restore your garden’s sense of space by regular pruning. Shrubs and bushes both need a thorough pruning even if they seem to have minimal life left. Cut back overgrown and unkempt hedges to maintain the boundary lines. Not only pruning encourages plants to revive and grow better, it also instills a sense of nurture and care in your garden in an instant even when there’s still a lot of work that’s needed.

 

Pay attention to lines and boundaries

 

A wildly overgrown garden is prone to having improperly maintained boundaries. Always remember that keeping your panels and fences in good condition can add a dramatic change to any form of garden aesthetics. In other words, it’s best to renew rotten fences and take care of wooden boundaries by applying a fresh coat of creosote. You can also paint the concrete posts and get a striking effect as a result.

 

Record each phase to see and analyze improvement

 

With the help of a camera, you can take pictures of each phase that your garden goes through while it’s on a revitalizing stage. One example is taking a picture of your garden after you have removed the weeds. When you are conscious of every phase, you can easily plan how you want your garden to appear in the end. You can decide on the type of boundaries to use, the plants that you want to keep, the colors to achieve, the height limits for every section, and whether you would like a formal or an informal garden.

 

Keep the lawn free from weeds and moss

 

Start by cutting the grass to a certain level that will make it easier to mow, water, and leave unattended for a few days. Next, cut the grass using a conventional lawnmower and make sure that the entire lawn is free from weeds. Lastly, apply fertilizer after you have understood specific instructions.

 

Remove poison ivy with a lot of care

 

If you find any poison ivy vines in your overgrown garden, the best thing to do is to clear them. Make sure you get the roots, too. Be very careful not to drop any seeds while doing the process, as this will result to seeing new vines in the future.

 

Identify your budget

 

Don’t let your budget get out of control and cause your project to an unforeseen halt. Bear in mind that landscaping can be very costly particularly if you’re attending to a large-sized garden. However, planting can be cheap especially if you’re planting a seed.

Creating Garden Borders

By: admin | Posted on: Jan/30/2018

 
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There are a number of creative and inexpensive ways to achieve a nice border feature in the garden. Depending on your desired outcome, you can choose from the simplest and most subtle landscape border materials such as steel, plastic, or aluminum. With the right tools and materials, you can easily create a nice and crisp garden border that’s both functional and stylish.

 

Garden Border Types

 
The first step to get the perfect look for your landscape is by choosing the best edger for your garden. Whatever option you choose, always consider certain factors such as the style of your garden and whether the design is practical and affordable.
 
A metal garden border has the best long-lasting quality and will give your garden a commercial appeal. Steel borders are the most common type, and typically come in 4-inch wide by 10-foot long strips in a variety of colors. It can be normal steel material, corrugated or rusty to achieve a contemporary look. Another type is aluminum which is not only lighter and stiffer, it also won’t rust and comes in a wide variety of colors.
 
A wood garden border has styles that can range from natural finish to fence versions which have a decorative appeal. If you have large garden areas, you may opt for popular materials such as railroad ties and landscape timbers.
 
A plastic garden border is available in decorative “fence” styles or rolls. Plastic is strong, light, cheap, durable and unique. It comes in various designs, patterns, colors, shapes and sizes.
 
Composite garden borders are made from recycled wood materials that offer a wood grain texture. Some of its advantages include being long-lasting; having the ability to resist decay, mildew and mold; being resistant to fertilizers; and doesn’t splinter.
 
Stone, brick or concrete garden borders give your landscape a more formal appearance. You can use rocks, cobblestone, flagstone, concrete pavers, cast concrete, crushed rock, and cinder block.

 

Other Garden Border Ideas

 
The best thing about adding a garden border feature to your landscape is that you don’t need to follow any strict rules or instructions. You only need to know your material, understand your garden well, and have the right tools to use.
 
The following are just some of the garden border materials and ideas that you can also try if you want to unlock your creative side:
 

    1. Recycled Bottles

    2. Woven Garden Hoses

    3. Braided and Woven Vines

    4. Low-Growing Plants (sweet alyssum, bouncing bet, coralbells, Artemisia, candytuft)

    5. Gabion Walls

    6. Terracotta Pots

    7. Bicycle Wheels

    8. Airy Shell Plates

    9. Car Rims

    10. Bowling Balls

 

Manufactured Garden Border

 
Using a manufactured garden border is perhaps the easiest way to edge a lawn or flower bed. This pre-made material that’s usually plastic in nature can be installed quickly. One popular option is using pound-in interlocking pieces which you can simply pound into the ground with a rubber mallet and then bend the sections in order to form the desired angle. Other options include the EasyFlex no dig variety, grey cobbled stone plastic garden border, flexi-curve garden border, and white marble garden border.
 

How To Create An Urban Chicken Farm

By: admin | Posted on: Jan/23/2018

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Raising chickens in the backyard is beginning to become a craze. Compared to other livestock, chickens, by far, are the easiest to raise. They are small, relatively quiet, and most of all, are willing to eat just about anything.

 

Coops are now becoming common in the backyards of urban and suburban dwellers. Indeed, the backyard chicken movement is growing – and the growth has been attributed to the increasing interest in local and organic foods.

 

Before joining in the movement and start raising your own chickens, you need to realize early on that these are live animals you need to attend to every day. In other words – you can expect to do constant work and clean up!

 

Understand Your City’s Ordinances

 

Get to know your municipal regulations as well as the rules in your homeowner association. There are a number of areas that ban roosters and set a limit on the number of animals that are allowed in a household. You may be required to sign agreements from permits, neighbors, or appear before the zoning board. Some areas may have ordinances that restrict the placement and size of outbuildings while such restrictions may not be present in others.

 

Identify The Breed

 

The most important part in starting your urban chicken farm is to know the breed of chicken that you can get. Many breeds come in two general sizes: the standard (large breed) and the bantam which is usually one-quarter the size of the standard type. While both can do fine in most backyards, standard chickens lay much larger eggs and tend to be less flighty.

 

It’s also important to select a chicken breed that can withstand the regional elements of your area. If you live where winter temps drop below freezing, you’ll need to choose winter hardy birds that tolerate those elements. You can also opt for docile birds if there are kids in the house.

 

Building A Chicken Coop

 

Chickens need a dry as well as draft-free shelter. It also needs to be well ventilated. Coops can range from being DIY projects, expensive commercial products, great finds at Craigslist, or something that has been cobbled together on the fly. You can be as creative as you wish in building a chicken coop. Even an old dog house can be converted into a serviceable coop. However you want the coop to be, choose one that you’ll be willing to keep clean.

 

It’s also important to make sure that your chicken coop is predator proof. Predators can come in various shapes and sizes which can include rodents, coyotes, hawks, and raccoons.

 

Chicken Feed

 

Chickens love bugs and would be satisfied with mealworms. You can also toss compost and scraps to your chickens. Other food scraps that can be good for your chickens include meat (including organs), bones, greens, veggies, yogurt, weeds, and grass clippings (chemical free).

 

It’s also important to provide plenty of water particularly for a laying chicken. Ensure that your chickens have constant access to fresh water.

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Why 2018 Should Be Your Best Garden Year Ever

By: admin | Posted on: Jan/16/2018

 
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Growing some of your own produce can be one of the most amazing things you can do in a lifetime. When you are able to nurture new life, you can also expect to reap a bountiful harvest of vegetables, fruits, and colorful blossoms. It’s like a temporary escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday living.

 

This year, we need gardening more than ever. If you’ve been frustrated with your garden and felt disappointed on how things turned out in the past year, just leave all those negative thoughts behind. Make this year your best garden year ever by keeping yourself motivated with the following tips and bits of advice.

 

Add gardening to your list of New Year’s resolutions

 

Start the year right by having a positive New Year’s attitude. January is a great time to do an inventory, take stock of what you wish to accomplish most, and set your roadmap for the year ahead. So make time to add gardening to your list! Investing in this worthy hobby has a multitude of benefits, but if you don’t set these goals directly, then you’ll find that having a beautiful home, garden and yard will simply pass you by – and become a still uncompleted item you’ll wish you had accomplished this year.

 

Aim for success

 

Choose your mixture and variety of plants carefully by doing some research beforehand. You can research online or through seed catalogs. However one of the best ways to know what grows in your local area, is to talk to people at your local garden center. Where possible, choose an independent one, rather than a larger warehouse store.

 

Where possible, choose crops that are complementary to each other. Remember that vegetables don’t always need to only be together – flowering plants, vegetables and herbs can all grow together beautifully. It’s about finding out what works best for you. All gardeners have struggles with various crops over time and from season to season. Accept that you will have some struggles, and don’t let it get you down.

 

Use gardening as a way to save money

 

Do you want to save money on your grocery bill? You have two options to do it. The first, which is the best option if you’re just starting out, is keeping a kitchen garden. Otherwise known as a “potager,” this type of garden focuses on fresh food that you can use and enjoy during the growing season.

 

The other goal, which is larger, is planting enough food to preserve for the winter. You need to assess your family size, land size, and the length of the growing season to decide if this is realistic for you. This can be a natural ‘next step’ that you can take after becoming more accustomed to growing a larger garden crop.

 

Expand your social circle through gardening

 

Gardeners have this natural tendency to share their knowledge and gardens. This makes gardening a great way to widen your social circle and meet people. Grab the chance to meet other gardeners by joining a local garden club. Get more involved and show your expertise by sharing information, as well as learning from others. If you can’t find one in your area, check local listings at Community Colleges in your area, or contact a local nursery and garden center to see if they know of listings. Lastly, don’t forgot that more and more communities are starting communal garden areas. See if such things exist in your area, and get to know folks there by stopping by.

 

Make money

 

Turn your hobby and love of plants into a rewarding job at a landscape center or a garden. Better yet, make your garden as a personal business. Whether you are growing herbs, vegetables, or flowers, you can sell your products at the local farmers’ markets or even at craft shows.

Get Great Curves In Your Garden

By: admin | Posted on: Jan/15/2018

 
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Filling your garden with beautiful plants and other features may just be the first step to enhance its appeal. However, a dull or unimaginative layout can make those features seem less appealing and therefore make all your effort to enhance your garden unproductive. Whether you are just about to set up your garden or you’re planning to rejuvenate an existing one, adding more life to it can be as easy as altering its overall shape.

 

Transform your dull-shaped garden into something more exciting by adding curves while reducing lawn areas. Make it come alive by adding plants and other interesting garden features that reflect your individual personality and style. You can even add a variety of small shrubs and trees to create a more inviting look.
 

Here’s how you can get great curves in your garden:

 

Extend your home’s living space by enlarging or adding hardscape areas

 

One of the easiest ways to achieve this is by adding a patio or a deck. Try experimenting with various plants and see how it creates different kinds of effects. Consider certain factors such as colors, forms and textures. You can also envision the end result by initially placing your garden shape ideas on paper. Use mini containers to find and position your garden features before the actual placement of anything on the ground.

 

Take note of the surrounding landscape

 

Study its contours and curves then mimic those features in your garden to create a more natural look. The surrounding landscape is a great resource for your garden design. Find something that is pleasing and eye-catching to add more life to your garden.

 

Perform a creative screening

 

You can do this by hiding the unattractive areas in your garden. Another way to do it is by repeating features involving similar plants and objects. Remember that a garden that is well-focused can easily brighten a dull layout.

 

Lay out a hose for outlining your bed

 

Mark the edges using a line of sand or flour. Give your garden a fun shape by creating flowing curves. You can also use these curves to echo the lines of your house.

 

Spread a good amount of mulch

 

You can use a 2-inch deep layer of shredded wood or any other material as a way to stop weeds and help your soil conserve moisture particularly in times of drought. Spreading a good amount of mulch is definitely one of the best things you can do to achieve a healthy and easy to maintain garden.

 

Identify and create focal points

 

A great looking garden needs a sense of direction. No matter the shape of your garden, if it lacks focus, it will appear boring. Focal points such as sculptures, benches or large architectural plantings can help in highlighting the most attractive features in your garden. You can also add seating fixtures to areas that you want for others to view.

 

Maintain continuity

 

Use one design theme and avoid mixing which can result to disunity. You can use varying forms in the front yard and in the back so long as they are visually separated and therefore can be experienced separately.
 
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