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landscape styleDesigning a landscape could be limited to only your imaginations. There are infinite styles and concepts for designing landscapes. There are umpteen options for garden landscapes.

A “Formal Landscape” style involves lots of straight lines and perfect geometrical shapes. Plants are arranged and positioned in an orderly fashion. Close arrangement and pruning is is crucial for such types of landscaped gardens.

The “Informal Landscape” goes well with cozy cottages. Beds with curved edges instead of straight lines and random placement of plants suit this landscape style. “English Garden Landscape” emphasizes the harmony between the house’s architecture and the garden.

“Formal landscapes” as well as the “Informal Landscape” garden often include a brick walkway that exudes formality. This walkway leads to the rear with a circle of plants. The arrangement of plants resembles the English garden style but without formal borders.

“Oriental Landscapes” are typical gardens created generally in the small backyards. It uses rocks, evergreens and water. A wide variety of plants create several interesting angles with this style. “Woodland Landscapes” usually fits well with a house that has a wooded backyard and sloping ground.

Pollution Free Green Lawn Caring Practices

lawn careAs 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

Perfect Tips For Using Best Garden Lighting System

garden lighting systemLight is life for the garden and its plants. If you understand how plants use light, and the many lighting options available today, you can put together a lighting system that’s right for the plants you want to grow indoors. Proper light will help sustain your plants until they are able to venture outside again.

Bright sunshine contains the full spectrum of light wavelengths from red through yellow and green to blue and violet. Plants use all of these wavelengths for photosynthesis, but red and blue are two of the most important. The blue spectrum promotes vegetative growth so young plants build robust, full foliage. The red wavelengths promote flowers and fruits.

Every plant requires light to thrive, but some plants need lower intensities than others. Native tropicals, shade-loving forest plants and houseplants like ivy and philodendron don’t need as much light as Mediterranean succulents or desert cactuses. Flowering plants of all kinds, such as orchids and gardenias, generally need brighter light to flower and produce fruit. Read the rest of this entry

Home Insulation Solutions For Homeowners

home insulationInsulation is one of the many home improvement solutions available to a homeowner today. Insulation essentially means covering the extremities of the house so as to prevent any kind of impact of the outside weather on the inside environment.

Insulating materials would seal all the possible sources of air flow. Therefore, the conditioned temperature maintained by the heating and the cooling devices are not lost. Since there is no extra load on these heating and cooling devices, utility bills automatically decrease.

The ideal time to install insulation would be during its construction. However, in case that it is not possible, you can always go in for retrofit insulation. The attic is one of the major sources of heat exchange. Therefore, attic insulation makes for one of the most significant of all retrofitting procedures. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Winter Houseplants

poinsettiasPoinsettias, Norfolk pines, Christmas cactus, cyclamen and rosemary are the plants and flowers that people generally love buying to decorate their homes and to give them as Christmas Gifts. It becomes challenging if you do not know how to care for these popular holiday plants. Here are few good gardening tips for you.

Poinsettia: This is the most frequently purchased plant for Christmas. It ranges from tones of red to white. The colored leafy bracts, which we think of as flowers, can be smooth, deeply lobed or tightly crinkled as with ‘Winter Rose’. Read the rest of this entry

Types of Garden Lighting Systems

There are different types of artificial lights that will support plants indoors, from ordinary bulbs and tubes to super-efficient LED lights. Most are available in multiple color spectrums.

Fluorescent tubes put out three to four times the light of incandescent bulbs for the same energy. Their color frequencies run from reds to blues, so you can mix and match to suit your preferences. Full-spectrum or sunlight fluorescents are great for all plants and for starting plants from seeds. They’re often even marketed as grow lights.

Industry standard, T-4-size tubes fit in ordinary shop lights and household fluorescent fixtures. New, smaller T-8 and T-5 tubes need fixtures with special ballasts, but use less power and last significantly longer. Read the rest of this entry

Dwarf Conifers are Perfect For Small Spaces

These days the newer houses and condominiums have smaller yards and if you grow staple plants you will go short of space very quickly.

Modern windows often are so well insulated that the window feature reaches almost to the ground. Smaller foundation plants that grow slowly and require little or no pruning over the years are an ideal match for such sites.

Dwarf conifers could be one of the best choices to be grown under such living conditions where smaller, slower growing plants would be more suitable.

Conifers are cone-bearing evergreens. Their colors range from pale moonbeam yellow to bold gold, from lime green to olive and from almost black to silver or steel blue. Some are variegated. Most have needle-like leaves that are retained all year. Read the rest of this entry

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