Perfect Soft and Hard Landscaping Tips

hard landscapingGardens generally have two types of landscaping materials, i.e. soft and hard materials. In common parlance “soft landscaping” refers to plants, trees and lawns while the “hard landscaping” includes non-living objects such as paving, fencing and other structural features.

In order to give an elegant landscaping appearance you need to plan very carefully for each and every element. Hard as well as soft landscaping depends largely on how and what to use in your garden. Any wrong choice will give your garden landscape an awful look and you may end up with utter failure.

Soft Landscaping

The age-old-gardening-saying, “right plant at right place” holds true with the soft landscaping and it is not just limited to the plants but also goes well with the flower beds. Read the rest of this entry

How to Control the Growth of Nutgrass

nutgrassIf your lawn is heavily infested with nutgrass then it must be a cause of worry for you. It is tough to get rid of it. Nutgrass is an extremely difficult weed to eradicate.

Nutgrass is perennial weedy sedge in the genus Cyperus that is often mistaken for a grass. Also called nutsedge, it is a nuisance in turfgrass when its shiny leaves and fast growth rate disrupts the otherwise uniform texture of a lawn. The invasive nature of nutsedge may cause it to destroy the appearance of a flower bed.

Nutsedge may spread by seed or by underground stems called rhizomes. Each plant is attached to a tuberous bulb-like structure often called a nut or nutlet.

Under optimal conditions, a tuber can give rise to as many as 7,000 new nutlets annually. Somewhat like a potato, each nut has five or more “eyes,” with each eye having the ability to produce a new shoot.  Read the rest of this entry

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

Few Important April Gardening Activities

april gardening tipsApril is the prime planting month as the spring gardening season is here. This includes seeds and seedlings of flowers such as vinca, zinnia, salvia, cosmos and marigolds and edibles such as squashes, melons, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, herbs and peppers

It is now time to thin out trees, especially mesquites, to prepare them for rough monsoon weather.Pick up dead leaves under plants to prohibit insects and fungus from gathering.Make sure the automatic irrigation system is properly working. Replace the battery in the timer.

Start fertilizing. If you avoided feeding plants in March because of the frost, start up again. Set a schedule of once a week if you use water-soluble fertilizer, once a month with organic methods.

Wake the lawn. Spur Bermuda growth by fertilizing and watering the lawn. Sod should be laid as early in April as possible. Some available sod may still be overseeded with perennial rye, but Bermuda will pop up as the weather continues to warm.

Tuck bulbs away. Tulip, hyacinth and other bulbs begin to go dormant. Save them for fall planting by gently pulling them out, removing foliage that has died back and allowing them to dry for a couple of days. Sprinkle on dusting sulphur, wrap in shredded newspaper and put in a paper bag to store in a cool, dark area such as the pantry.

In April Plants Need Nutritional Support

In April, it is time to fertilize. The plants are waking up quickly and nutritional support is critical at this stage.

The lawns should be supplemented with carefully selected “Lawn Fertilizer”, organically based for a slow-release.

The bulbs will be finishing with their blooming, it is time for the leaves to re-charge the bulbs for next year – they need fertilizer. You may use specific “Bulb Food” which is organically based from fish bones, so it is very high in calcium and lasts 2 months per application. Alternatively you may also use the “Bulb Food” which is organically based and lasts 1 month per application.

Trees & Shrubs need fertilizer to build all the leaves, roots and woody branches. If the soil is quite alkaline you need to lower the pH of the soil . You may use 5% sulfur to lower the pH and provide organically based major and minor nutrients. Once in the early spring and once in the late fall is all they need. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Fall Gardening Tips

Fall is a great time of the year for adding trees and shrubs to the landscape. The warm soil and cool air is good for root development. In some cases, plants that are planted in the fall tend to establish themselves better than ones planted in the spring. This is because they have all of the fall and all of the following spring to get established before the most stressful time of the year which is summer.

Fall is the time to buy and plant spring flowering bulbs like tulips and daffodils. They are available in garden centers throughout the fall. Keep in mind that some bulbs are only available in limited quantities, so it is best to shop early, especially for the new and unusual varieties. The best time to plant your bulbs is in October, when the weather is cool and stays cool. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Take Stock of Your Landscape

This time of the year amidst intense heat at various places you should put off labor-intensive jobs such as creating new beds (or even reworking old beds), building structures like decks and arbors or major landscape plantings. Instead, you should invest your time in slowly strolling around your gardens in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures are somewhat cooler. Stop to take care of some weed issues and try to keep the physical activity to a minimum because it may be too hot to do that.

It would be a better option to take a stock of your own landscape.It is a good time to enjoy beautiful flowers and bright colors of summer bedding plants and tropicals blooming this time of year. You should work hard to create and maintain your gardens — don’t forget to appreciate and enjoy them. Read the rest of this entry

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