Keys to Landscaping — The Scourge of Weeds

Weeds: the lawn’s mortal enemy. No matter what you do to get rid of them, they seem to grow back. Not only that, but they tend to double in size and strength. If not taken care of in a timely manner, they can take over your grass.

Sod Replacement

There are three ways to get rid of these weeds. The first is through some form of chemical treatment. This may kill the weeds for good. However, it might also destroy the rest of your grass and leave large brown swaths of damage.

The second way is through organic treatments. These can work through multiple distributions. However, they cost more than regular sprays and sometimes come in smaller quantities. Thus, your landscaping budget can grow if you have a large piece of property.

The third way is to replace the weed-infested area with a layer of new sod. And not just any old grass. You want to put down sod that is weed resistant.

St. Augustine Grass

An example of this sturdy grass is in a pallet of st augustine. Found in many places across the globe and sold by locations like Liberty Landscape Supply, St. Augustine is a warm weather, dark green grass with wide blades. Because it has a low drought resistance, it does better in more humid climates.

Several different forms of this grass exist. For example, Floratam is resistant to a viral infection known as the St. Augustine Decline (SAD). Florentine has a darker color, requires less mowing, and can withstand the cold. Sir Walter, designed for use in Australia, is resilient to heat and drought.

How is it Weed Resistant

The resistance comes from two places. One is the grass itself as it is checked for any stray weed seedlings prior to distribution. The other is how your property is prepared before the sod is placed. Make sure all areas are tilled to remove the deepest weeds. Treat the bare ground with an organic weed repellent prior to the sod’s installation. Then, relax as you watch your grass grow.
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12 Common Front Garden Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Do the gardening is a common hobby of many people nowadays as it is a way to help them relax and get rid of the stress during a day. Therefore, in each house, people often design a small garden in front of their house to draw other’s attention whenever they call on the house. However, some people having mistakes with the design, the planning, the plant arrangement, etc., when creating this garden. Here are 12 common front garden mistakes that we can tackle.12 Common Front Garden Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

  1. Choose The Plants

There are four seasons in a year so you should buy multiple plants which are suitable for each season. In case you use the seasonal plants, let’s imagine how your garden looks in other seasons during the year. The trees may be leafless, and the whole garden may be very bare. Moreover, if you plant a large number of trees while you do not have enough time to take care of them, they will narrow down the real space and make your garden look messy. Instead of that, using all season plants or the evergreen shrubs which can stand in any weather will be a smart choice as we will not have to spend much time on them. Besides, you need to choose the style of your garden as different style needs different flowers and trees.

  1. Light Outdoor

Regardless of which size your garden is, make sure to install the light in your garden. In the day, the sunshine can make your garden bright, but when the sun goes down, the light is your garden’s savior to let it shine in the dark. With the small garden, you only need a pair of lanterns to create the comfortable atmosphere to welcome the guest. In the case of the bigger size for the special events like holding a party or eating BBQ outside, you should more focus on your light system outdoor. However, it is of great importance that you avoid using harsh lights in order not to dazzle other’s vision. And don’t install the wires after planting as you may waste a lot of time digging up the garden again and again to hide them.

  1. Blueprint

Don’t start planting the trees if you don’t have any plan for them. To own a perfect garden, you need to consider well the blueprint first, see what can be the drawbacks of your garden in the future and then take action. You can ask the professional or your friends for advice to create the most suitable blueprint for your design. It is not necessary to make the detailed one for each tree, but you need to draw the reasonable structure. If you improvise buying the flowers and plant them in anywhere you like, one day you might dig those flowers up and replant it again and again.

  1. Don’t Have Any Spaces To Breath

Everybody knows how beneficial the trees to our earth. However, what will happen if you plant too many trees in your small garden? Space can be narrowed down, and there will not be enough areas for other purposes such as the path, furniture, etc. Moreover, a large number of trees are not good for your member’s health in your family since, at night, the tree gives out carbon dioxide and absorbs the oxygen, which is very bad for the respiratory system. Besides, the more trees we plant, the more chances of catching diseases related to skin we can get. Therefore, you should choose the reasonable number of trees, consider their eventual size and take into account where we should put them to have a perfect garden in the future.

  1. Plants Arrangement

The trees you plant are not as important as how you arrange them to create a perfect garden. Some people spend a huge amount of money buying the exorbitant trees, but they do not know how to put them in order and make their garden a mess. In contrast, with only simple trees, some people can own an attractive garden. So what are the secrets of the plant arrangement? When you design the garden, you have to set a focal point; the first place the guest gives an eye. For the front yard, it’s your front door. Therefore, no matter where you put the trees and flowers, don’t hide it. You can also create a frame to have a good view from the windows. Besides, if your house is small, you should not plant too many big trees as they may overwhelm your house.

  1. Garden Decor

The decoration is a way to make your garden more adorable, but some people abuse them and turn the garden into a bedroom. Keep in mind that no matter how you decorate it, the trees and flowers are the main attraction. About the decoration, you can buy some decorative elements such as lanterns, small statues, bird feeders, etc., at the souvenir shop or do some handmade items for your garden. Taking advantage of the obsolescent things and the facilities in your garden to create some DIY decoration is a smart choice. Besides, you can use some furniture to design an outdoor seating area for the members of the family. Because of the severe weather, it’s better to choose the durable material for the furniture.

  1. Weeds

Weeds are the nightmare for the ones who are lazy because of its outgrowth. They can grow and nourish wherever they find the space and catch the sunlight. If you do not spend time for them, they will spread out quickly and overwhelm your plants and flowers. Nowadays, there are many effective ways for people to eliminate the weeds from the lawn such as using the chemical spray, doing a homemade organic weed killer or removing them by hands. Each way has its advantage and drawback so you should consider well before taking action. Make sure to use the protective clothes such as gloves, long pants, long sleeves, glasses, etc., to prevent yourself from the chemical before doing with the chemical weed killer.

  1. Stone/ Rock

Stones and rocks are the most common things to express the nature of your garden. They can also use as a pathway, the fence or the decoration. However, during the day, especially the hot day, rocks can become hot and radiate a tremendous amount of heat, which has a bad impact on the growth of the plants and the moisture of the soil. Moreover, the large rocks can prevent the organic matter from coming back to the land and the expansion of your plants; therefore, you should fertilize the trees and flowers often to promote their nourishment. It’s also necessary to install the water tank in your garden to supply the adequate water. Besides, you should spend time cleaning the stones and rocks as the mosses can develop on the surface of the stones, which brings a bad image to the guest.

  1. Climber

The climber is one of the plants to create the deep impression for the passerby. It’s also a good way to hide the unattractive walls instead of using paint. Nevertheless, if you do not know how to train them, they will grow in the different direction and drive you crazy. As a consequent, it’s vital to have a good start with these climbers. Before planting, you need to soak the root of that climber in the water for a while. When you start planting, create a 45-degree angle between the direction you want it to follow and its root. You can also take advantage of the wires or other plants to help your climber develop. If you want the climber to grow on the surface of the wall, you need to eliminate the branches which grow out of the wall and tie them in other shoots.

  1. Water

Without water, your garden will become an epitome dessert. However, a large amount of water can make your garden become a lake, and your plants can die in that water. Many people turn on the water system whenever they like and don’t know how to use it in the garden in an efficient way. Consequently, how can we do to save the water in the garden? Before you decide to water your garden, you need to look at the soil to check whether it is dry or damp. The amount of water you use will depend on the type of the soil; for example, the heavy soils need watering less than the light sandy soil. You can also do the handmade drip irrigation to bring water to the root of each plant or use the mulch to slow down the water evaporation. Besides, it is suggested you water in the early morning and avoid in the late evening.

  1. Fence

Fence plays an important role in protecting the garden against pets or the burglars. In some families, people use the fence as the gate or the decoration to make the garden more attractive. However, if you do not know how to fence your garden, it can affect a lot on the growth of your plants. You need to consider well the correct space between the eventual size of your plants and the fence to make enough room for the plants growing. When fencing the garden, you use the shovel to dig a deep hole and add gravel at the end of the hole to allow the evaporation to occur smoothly. You can also use the hammer to press the fence posts firmly and add the dirt to the hole to make it more solid.

  1. Simplicity

Are you still in trouble with your garden although you meet all the requirements above? The key is that you cannot create the simplicity in your garden design. With a large number of trees and decoration, building the simple area is not an easy task. To make your landscape not look cluttered, you should only use about three favorite trees or flowers and plant them repeatedly in the garden. Besides, instead of showing all the decorations you have, you should think about a particular theme and use sparingly. Moreover, try to find some similarities between all the materials in your garden and your house then link them together. For example, if your living room tiles are wood, you can use that material to make a wood plank pathway for the garden.

All in all, above are 12 common mistakes people often make when designing their garden. For each error, we enclose the tip for you to avoid. Hopefully, our tips will work to bring an attractive garden to you. In case you have any queries, feel free to comment on the box below.

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This guest post is by Emily Pham, a blogger with many years of experience in searching the best natural home remedies for beauty and health issues. All content provided is for informational and educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine which method is appropriate to you.

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Practical Principles of Gardening You Should Learn

Gardening is a difficult but interesting work. It involves a lot of principles that you should follow. Gardening includes various aspect as well as works, such as planning, designing, growing, fertilizing, caring, harvesting, and so on. The article is going to give you some practical principles of gardening that you should know to become an excellent gardener. This article will bring you some concrete ideas to care for your garden and farm.

  1. Species Diversity

The diversity of plants will promote the diversity of animal species. It is because different insects, birds, mammals, etc. will be attracted by different plant species. Therefore, a particular suite of insects won’t gather in one place as their preferred plants are often spread out. 5 Helpful Gardening Safety Tips

To make your garden diverse in both plant and animal species, you should grow a small amount of wide variety of plants. If you have enough land, you can raise a wider variety of animal species. Following this principle does not mean that you have to give up the oblong bed of your garden. You don’t need to follow it fanatically.  You can arrange your garden in a convenient and reasonable concept. The numbers of the rows, the plants you will grow in each bed, the place of the chicken cage, etc. are up to you. You can grow some flower to make your garden look more pretty and poetry.Planting a vegetable or fruit garden

  1. Symbiosis

This term refers to a relationship of mutual benefit or dependence between two or more than two species. No matter far or near each other they live, they still, connect, interact, exchange the natural properties and get their benefits from the other. For example, birds and insects get honey from a certain flower species, and then they help this flower species pollinate despite the distance. For another example, birds and animals eat fruits and berries, and then they help spread out the seeds of these fruits by excreting the fertilizer with undigested seeds, support the reproduction process of plants they feed on.

To make use of this natural relationship of plant and animal species, you should understand the companion planting, including the mutually beneficial interactions of the plants you grow together in your garden. You can even develop this principle farther by grouping plants which have a mutually beneficial association as “guilds.” By growing plants as guilds, you can take full advantage of symbiosis and save the labor in gardening.

  1. Balance

In the best garden in the world, wildlife, species live in a balance. Herbivores eat plants; carnivores eat herbivores. They keep the other species in a controlled size and are likely to live in balance. A variety of plants provide foods for herbivores as well as habitats for animals. These plants and herbivorous animals together create a complicated food web, supply a diverse source of foods for carnivorous species. It preserves the balance of wildlife out of outbreak.

To maintain the balance in your garden, you can grow a variety of plants or raise many different animals if possible, supply food and habitat for native species, and try to put up with wildlife condition even if it may be inconvenient. When designing your garden, you should choose native trees to grow so that they can provide proper foods as well as habitat for native species, which non-native trees cannot do. You should also take climate, moisture, soil type and other natural conditions into consideration before choosing the plants to grow. You also have to consider the symbiosis of native animals and insects and the plants. You can grow some herbs or plants for foods, like fruit trees, vegetables, beans, groundnuts, or some flowers if you like.

  1. Redundancy

Redundancy in gardening means that in the natural biologic systems in a garden, many different species can do the same function. This redundancy ensures the resiliency of the system as when one species is lost, and its function remains thanks to other species with the same function.

To apply this redundancy to your garden, you should grow many plant species which overlap in function in your garden. For example, instead of growing only broccoli in the garden, you should grow many different vegetables so that if the broccoli doesn’t grow as expected, you will have another vegetable for meals. You can also make your meal more diverse with various kinds of greens, too. Moreover, the more species of plants you grow, the more variety of insects and birds your garden attracts. These insects and birds will help pollinate and nourish the soil.

  1. Vertical Structure

Your garden may contain many trees at different heights. Under the canopy of tall trees are smaller ones, herbs, greens, etc. If your garden is diverse in “layers” of plants, it will be more plentiful in animals than a mono-layer garden, because multi-layer garden can supply more habitation conditions for different animal species.

So, you should combine a diversity of plants at different heights in your garden to create a high level of vertical structure. Tall fruit and nut trees are in the upper height, shrub and berries are in the medium height, and herbs and greens are in the lower one.

  1. Growing Plants According To Natural Light, Soil And Moisture Conditions

There are two directs you can follow. The first one is growing according to the natural conditions in your garden. If the soil in your garden is dry and sandy, you can plant drought-tolerant species. If it’s moisture, grow the ones that need water. When you grow the plants that live well in the natural condition in your garden, you can save a lot of energy in doing the gardening.

The second choice is changing the natural conditions in your garden. If the soil condition is poor, plant some nitrogen-fixing species to nourish it. You can change the light condition by growing some tall trees to create shade for shade-grown plants. By changing the existing condition in the garden, you can diversify the plant bed in your land.

  1. Succession

Succession is the changing process of species composition when a species dies and resigns natural conditions like light, soil, and moisture for other alive ones in its neighbor. It’s more common in wildlife but unusual in garden or farm when people always arrange and grow their plant according to season and natural condition in their farm or garden. However, you can still apply this concept by combining short-term plants with long-term species. Additionally, some plant cannot yield when growing under the shade of others while some will, so, by understanding this term, you’ll know how to combine the plant in your garden.

  1. Recycling

You should keep organic dead properties, like leaves, branches, trees and let them disintegrate to fertilize the soil, add more nutrients to the soil. This organic fertilizer also improves exhausted soil after many crops. You can also grow some nitrogen-fixing plant species to fertilize the soil naturally. To recycle and build nutrient-rich soil, use organic properties produced right in your garden.

  1. Minimal Tilling

Besides making the soil rich in nutrients, you should also tiller the soil to make it aerated and oxygen-dense. But you shouldn’t plow the land as it can make the nutrients release faster and more than the amount that the plants can absorb, destroy the structure of the soil, and lead to erosion.

You’d better use minimal tilling methods such as hugelkultur or lasagna garden. These methods include layering organic properties which keep the weeds down so that you needn’t tiller. These methods help the soil aerated and oxygen-rich without destroying the soil structure so that the plants can grow well. You can raise some chicken to have them scratch the land and use their droppings to fertilize the soil.

The article has given you some practical principles of gardening that you should know to be a good gardener. By following these principles, you can make your garden lush, green, and grow well. Gardening involves many skills and a lot of effort, and also patience. However, seeing your pretty garden developing every day would be a wonderful feeling. Eating fresh, natural and safe foods produced right in your garden would be even a more wonderful feeling. Let’s make gardening an interesting work with these simple-but-effective practical principles.

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This guest post is by Emily Pham, a blogger with many years of experience in searching the best effective remedies for health and beauty issues.