The ideal soil is made up of 22% water, 20% sand, 20% air, 15% silt, 10% clay, 8% ‘unavailable’ water (that is, water trapped within the soil that the plant cannot use) and 5% organic matter.
Soil texture is how the soil feels when you handle it. This is due to the basic rock the soil is made of and cannot be altered. Soil structure is how the particles are held together in the soil.
Types of winter damages. During the winter, cold temperatures, snow, excessive sun and strong winds can damage trees. Types of winter damage include broken branches from snow and ice, as well as damaged bark, branches and roots. Newer trees are more prone to injury than older, more established trees.
Soil changes. Soil expands when it gets wet from rain, snow and ice, and contracts when it dries.
Many people need their garden to look established within a single season; they often don’t have years to wait for it to develop and mature, and they perhaps don’t plan to be living in the house for more than a couple of years. There are plenty of ways to tackle the garden design so that it will look good fast.
This design includes a good mix of surfacing materials that will quickly look established.
Mid-fall is an unpredictable time of year. In cold regions quite severe frosts can suddenly strike, while in mild climates some plants are still growing and tender plants may go on flowering for a while. This is the time to listen to the weather forecast and to be on the alert, in particular, for frost warnings.
Mid-fall is the time to create and dig over any new flower beds for next spring, weeding them carefully.
Fall is already here all over the backyard garden. Not that autumn is devoid of charm, but it does suggest that some wonderful summer and spring growers have died down. Not every bit is sacrificed, though, as there are lovely plants we can easily grow that will please us right up to the early part of winter.
Falling leaves and flowers losing their color trigger thoughts of necessary activities.
Heptapleurum is a fast-growing tree-like plant with about ten leaflets radiating from each leaf-stalk. Its main advantage over its close relative Schefflera is that it will happily grow as a bush if the growing point of the main stem is removed. This plant grows quickly in any fairly good soil and it loves partial shade. It is originally from Australia.
They may be increased by seeds, air layering or cuttings. Air layering is useful for pot-grown plants that have become tall and spindly. Heptapleurum is quite easy if you provide winter warmth, good light and moist air. Leaf fall may occur if there is a sudden change in conditions – blackened tips indicate overwatering.
Many fall climbers provide flashy leaf colors before the foliage falls, as well as late season flowers, and extraordinary seedheads. And, of course, there are some excellent evergreens, which provide a beautiful contrast to fiery, deciduous foliage, and are especially welcome once that has fallen.
Climbers can be grown up a wide variety of supports, including pillars and posts, trellises, walls (to which supporting wires have been attached if necessary), and trees.
The initial clues of fall are noticeable in our neighborhood. Fall always has its appeal but many things that were cultivated during the spring and the summer are lost. However, we have the ability to grow some plants that are going to last until the early days of winter.
When leaves start to come down and flowers begin to diminish it’s a sign to start doing things. Wintertime with its cold swiftly follows fall now sneaking in, and gardens must be prepared appropriately. All that is now growing in your garden must have help to see them through till the springtime warmth arrives. Here are several practical tips that would help you to prepare the garden for the fall.
Ripe vegetables and fruit wait for no one. Always harvest your crops when they are ready and if they cannot be eaten straight away, dry them or freeze them for use later.
It is unlikely that the harvest from your container kitchen garden will be large enough to cause any major storage problems. However, that said, there is every reason to do what you can to ensure that nothing is wasted and that you are able to make the most of your harvest and enjoy all the fruit, vegetables and herbs that you have grown when you want to eat them.