Why Husqvarna leaf blowers are a great choice

Anyone with a backyard has had their share of piles of leaves waiting to be cleaned up. Gathering leaves into a pile can be a tiring task especially if you have a More »

Gardening In February

Gardening In February – If you look carefully you will start to see the first signs of spring in the garden this month. Catkins appear on trees, the first bulbs start to poke More »

Decking Design And Suitable Plants

Decking Design And Suitable Plants – Decking looks like having a dance-floor in your garden, perfect for walking on barefoot but sudden death to stilettos because of the gaps. Decking is very adaptable – brilliant More »

Setting Up a Backyard Theater

Do you enjoy entertaining your family and your friends with the latest and greatest within the world of film? Well, a backyard theater might be exactly the right fit for you. It More »

Beautify Your Winter Garden

Beautify Your Winter Garden – If you are one among those nature lovers you will sometimes realize that winter season is not the best time of the year for you. However, to those More »

 

The Clovers

The Clovers

Clover is a major headache for many lawn owners. During the dry days of midsummer the bright green patches stand out against the dull and pale grass. This patchy effect is an eyesore, and control was difficult until the discovery of the newer-type selective weedkillers.

The clovers you are most likely to see are white clover (Trifolium repens) and the smaller yellow-flowering species known as lesser trefoil. As with all clovers, they are encouraged by both water shortage and nitrogen shortage. So wherever clover is a problem you should feed with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer every spring – never use a phosphate- or potash-rich fertilizer at the start of the season.

Ways To Secure Cucumbers In The Garden

Ways To Secure Cucumbers In The Garden

Ways To Secure Cucumbers In The Garden – Cucumbers are the second most popular vegetable grown in a home vegetable garden. They are a great vegetable to eat and easy to grow. They have but one drawback. They require a lot of space if you just let them grow and vine out.

Cucumbers will grow wherever you direct them and if you are limited with horizontal space that means you can send them vertically. Here are four ways you can use to make sure you have plenty of room for all of your other vegetables.

Protect Your Vegetable Garden From The Harmful Insects

Protect Your Vegetable Garden From The Harmful Insects

Protect Your Vegetable Garden From The Harmful Insects -The harmful insects will eat your vegetables, destroy the stems, tear up the leaves and even worse, bore themselves into the plants you are trying to grow. You can arm yourself to protect your vegetable garden if you can identify them and come up with a remedy before the harmful insect problem turns into a complete infestation. Here are four common harmful insects that you will encounter in most home vegetable gardens.

To better protect your vegetables in your garden from harmful insects, it is best to know what they are so you can plan out your attack and prevention. These are just 4 of the many you will encounter. Take the necessary steps to start protecting your harvest today.

Magnolias

Magnolias

Magnolias – Sumptuous and stately, magnolias are among the most handsome of garden trees, as well as being among the hardiest. Magnolia trees are native to East Asia and the Himalayas, eastern North America and Central America. Magnolias grow 40 to 80 feet tall with a spread of 30 to 40 feet. Depending upon the species, magnolias may be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous.

Drawbacks of some of the species are their enormous size, slowness of growth and reluctance to flower until some 20 or more years after planting. Fortunately, most of the modern selections are free from these vices. The deciduous spring-flowerers make excellent features.

How To Grow Espalier Tomatoes?

How To Grow Espalier Tomatoes?

How To Grow Espalier Tomatoes? – There are several reasons why growing espalier tomatoes in courtyards or on patios is desirable and primarily because they can be grown by taking up only a small amount of space that is available. Another benefit of growing this way is that by spreading the branches out the fruit receives maximum sunlight. The warmth from the wall also speeds up the ripening time of the fruit.

The espalier system also makes tending the tomato plant easier as all the branches are accessible and therefore control of pests and diseases is easier. As the branches are spread out and the leaves get a better chance to dry, there is less chance of blight and other diseases taking a hold on the plant.

Garden Edging

Garden Edging

Garden Edging – Any ‘fluid’ surface, whether concrete, tarmac or gravel, will need a firm edge to hold it in place while laying, and prevent it moving once it is down. This is particularly important with gravel. Small-module surfaces, such as brick, setts or pavers, will also require some form of garden edging restraint to hold the bond together. This garden edging can become decorative in itself, provided it is kept simple and in keeping.

Various ‘trims’ can be used, ranging from lengths of pressure-treated timber held in place with stakes, to brick, or granite setts, ‘haunched’, or set in concrete. The last are expensive but durable, and could link well with similar materials used elsewhere in the garden or near the house.