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The Ideal Soil For Your Garden

The Ideal Soil For Your Garden

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. This influences whether the plant can get at the air, water and nutrients in the soil. It can be improved by adding organic matter, ensuring good drainage and digging in fall season to allow the breakdown of clods in heavy soils during winter. It is surprising how much difference adding organic matter can make to almost any soil.

How To Protect Trees Over The Winter?

How To Protect Trees Over The Winter?

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. Frequent changes in soil moisture can damage tree roots. Placing a layer of mulch around a young tree can help keep soil conditions more consistent. The mulch also acts as an insulator. It will keep the ground beneath it warmer for longer periods of time, and can prevent cold air from reaching the tree’s roots.

The Short Stay Garden

The Short Stay Garden

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. Gravel looks good almost as soon as it is laid, and plants will quickly colonize it. Likewise the use of wood as the principle hard surfacing gives the garden an organic air that is very welcoming.

Mid-Fall Gardening Tasks

Mid-Fall Gardening Tasks

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. Collect seed from flowers, keeping it dry until sowing.

Planning For Your Garden In October

Planning For Your Garden In October

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. Fall has been proclaimed, and the chilly season that follows requires gardens to be prepared. Anywhere from now and spring extreme conditions will set in, which often can damage or destroy the things living in your fall garden if they are not protected. There a number of activities which should be done to prepare the garden.

Bark Mulch Is Popular For The Gardeners

Bark Mulch Is Popular For The Gardeners

All of us know that garden is the beauty point of property and thus there is a need to maintain and beautify it. Bark mulch is a very popular name for the gardener and they would love to buy it. It is very much essential thing for landscaping needs and it produced from the shredded tea bark. Normally bark from pine, oak, cedar and other soft and hardwood trees are used as bark mulch. It is very much effective and has a great nutrient value for the plants, trees and flowers which you are gardening. It is very much to purchase and you can find it in a local gardening store. A gardener can make his mulch himself by purchasing equipment called chipper. But a chipper is very much expensive and only a gardener can buy this equipment if he or she has a plan on shredding lots of wood from the garden. Therefore purchasing it from bark mulch delivery companies or shop is the easiest way and by doing this you can also choose it from the qualities and sizes which one will suit most of your needs.