Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 12:05 pm
As the grass greens up the lawn owners who want an eco-friendly yard should focus more on mowing – and less on fertilizing.
“The first step to minimize the environmental impact of your home lawn is to raise the mower’s blade to a height of 3 to 4 inches – usually the highest setting on your mower – and leave the grass clippings on the lawn,” says Marty Petrovic, a turf specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University.
Taller grass competes better with weeds, and sinks roots deeper into the soil to better withstand mid-summer heat and drought, explains Petrovic. The result: A thicker turf with fewer weeds and less watering. He also suggests keeping your mower’s blades sharp for a clean cut that reduces stress on the grass. Read the rest of this entry
Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 1:52 pm
Everyone should be planting trees. Having witnessed so many droughts , fires,cyclones,and many other adverse climatic conditions across the globe has put forward a challenge before everyone and now is the time that we should be planting and replacing trees if we can meet two important criteria; select trees that are adapted to survive in our a particular climate and ensure they receive adequate water through their establishment phase.
Most tree health problems begin in the root zone so planting your tree properly is critical to its future value.
Trees are commonly planted too deep triggering a chain of health problems related to a poor root gas exchange. Researchers have discovered that planting a tree as little as one inch too deep may set it up for decades of poor vigor or cause it to die within months. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Stress affects plants and landscapes equally. Plants become susceptible to insects, diseases and environmental problems when under stress. The best way to control stress in plants is to go proactive and prevent or mitigate the stress factors.
There are specific environmental conditions that work as stress factors include drought, wind, low humidity, light, and clay soils.
Soil is critical to the plant health. Soil is primarily responsible for majority of the plant problems.
Clayey soil should be considered as a factor while selecting suitable trees for your garden and landscape. Clay soil tends to hold onto iron, and some trees are not able to absorb the amount iron needed for their health because of this clay-iron affinity.
One solution is to select a tree that requires less iron for its metabolic processes. Some trees that do well in clay soils include green ash, white ash, bur oak, English oak, tartarian maple and big tooth maple. Most of the other maples, along with flowering dogwoods, crabapples, boxelders and pin oaks tend to suffer from some level of iron chlorosis, or yellowing of leaves, caused by iron-deficiency stress. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 12:34 pm
As the spring season approaches days are getting warmer and longer and that gives more time to spend outdoors in the gardens.
It may be a little cold and even snowy on the ground with sub-freezing temperatures in some parts but it is also the perfect time to start planning your eco-friendly spring gardening regime.
Have you ever thought about whales ever? Why not saving some water for these creatures this year? You can do that easily with more consciousness and effectively in your water usage. It would be great if you invest in some quality hoses and sprayers tto spread the water through the plants, shrubs, and flowers evenly. If you use an automatic timer for your sprinklers, be vigilant in turning them off after a good rain shower.
Too much watering will not only cause damage and stunt the growth of the plants but also dilute the soil and render the fertilizers.
Pest control issues must be handled more carefully. Be gentle with use of sprays on the sensitive flowers. Better adopt practice of using eco-friendly pest sprays to keep your garden organic.
Harsh chemicals may promise extraordinary growth but cause more damage as well. Adoption of natural and organic gardening solutions could help the environment at the same time. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, February 10th, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Home gardening gets perfect with the herbs. Herbs are perfect to grow in pots, baskets, window boxes and at the back door. Now days the herb gardens are gaining popularity. Even the office spaces in cities do have dedicated space for growing herbs and salad which add to the taste of the workers giving them fresh herbs in sandwiches and salads for lunch.
It is always advised for planting mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives, rosemary and sage. Blend suitable soil-aid into the soil to help maintain good moisture levels in the ground. Soft annual herbs are not very forgiving if the soil totally dries out.
At the same time sowing coriander, dill, chervil, rocket and borage into the trays of Seed Raising Mix will also add good taste to the herb garden. Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 at 11:10 am
Striking a balanced equation between all the natural elements in gardening is the key to success. Light, nutrients, temperature and moisture all work together to make a proper environment for plants to thrive. Organisms including bacteria, earthworms and countless other micro-organisms play an important role in maintaining a harmony in your garden.
Any imbalance in the natural conditions creates a lot of interlinked complex problems. The “Integrated Pest Management”(IPM) therefore becomes extremely important which helps in restoring and maintaining the natural balance. Read the rest of this entry
Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 4:46 pm
Corals compete with algal seaweeds for space, and many types of seaweed release chemicals that are toxic to corals, act as carriers for coral diseases and boost the growth of dangerous microbes. These dangers require close contact—the seaweed poisons won’t diffuse through the water, so they need to be applied to the corals directly. And that gives the corals an opportunity to save themselves. When they sense encroaching seaweed, they call for help.
Danielle Dixson and Mark Hay from the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that whenAcropora corals detect the chemical signatures of seaweed, they release an odour that summons two gardeners – the broad-barred goby and redhead goby. These small fish save the corals by eating the toxic competitors. In return, one of them stores the seaweed poisons in its own flesh, becoming better defended against its own enemies. Read the rest of this entry