Landscaping with Roses

Posted on April 1, 2016 By

Landscaping with RosesRoses have many uses in the home garden, both as standalone bushes and climbers and as part of an overall landscape of plants and flowers. The newest thinking in landscape gardening is to combine roses with other types of native plants and flowers, and roses certainly lend themselves to a striking place in the garden.

Roses are also wonderful when used to enhance and highlight areas of the home or surrounding landscape. For example, climbing roses can be trained to grow up and over a trellis or to highlight and enhance a bare wall or garden shed. In addition, a spray of yellow roses growing against a brick or stone home can be a beautiful addition to the landscape.

Landscaping with roses is one of the best ways to add beauty to the home, and even to enhance its value. Before you can landscape effectively with roses, however, it is important to determine just where roses will fit in your landscape, and how best to use them. Landscaping with roses is not difficult, but it is important to plan properly before the first rosebush goes into


Koi Pond Aeration Needed for Healthy Fish

Posted on February 8, 2016 By

Koi Pond Aeration Needed for Healthy FishFish keepers know that koi pond aeration is an important element in a healthy garden pool. Animals need oxygen, and fish are no exception. Koi fish literally breathe the oxygen that is dissolved into their water. A lack of oxygen in the water is the number one reason for koi to die unexpectedly. To get that needed oxygen into the water, a system for koi pond aeration is needed.

Two factors affect the amount of oxygen in the water. Allowing algae to grow in the pond depletes oxygen and having too many fish for the size of the pond does the same. Either of these conditions require koi pond aeration be supplemented.

Waterfalls are a common addition to the backyard pond. Besides being pleasant to hear and to look at, the tumbling of the water increases the amount of oxygen in it. Waterfalls are a useful part of koi pond aeration. When the weather warms up, though, a small waterfall is not enough to provide adequate oxygen for your fish.

In the summer, especially if the temperature goes over 80 degrees


Should Your Garden Be in the Shade Or Sunlight

Posted on January 9, 2016 By

Should Your Garden Be in the Shade Or SunlightThere is no doubt about the fact that vegetable gardening is a much more satisfying experience than any other form of gardening. This is more so because we get the opportunity to relish the dishes made out of our own produce. Saying that, vegetable gardening is also not as easy as other types of gardening and we need to plan well in advance, even before starting turning the ground for seeding.

1. One important factor that needs consideration while planning is the climate condition. There are some vegetables that can be cultivated only in a certain type of climate and season. For example, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli can only be grown in cold areas, whereas, peppers, egg plants and tomatoes grow better in the summer.

2. Another gardening tip that can be effectively used is that there are certain kinds of vegetables that do very well if exposed partially to sunlight. For example, lettuce is a plant that grows fantastically when exposed to sunlight for half a day and then kept in shade for the remaining half. One should


Types Of Fences To Keep Off Wild Animals

Posted on May 13, 2016 By

Even though they are beautiful to look at, they tend to be destructive especially if you have a garden. The cool thing is that there are plenty of ways of preventing them from accessing your farm. One of the most effective ways of controlling them is installing fences. Here are some of the best fences that you can use:

Rabbit fences

From their name, rabbit fences are units that prevent rabbits from accessing your farm. If your area is prone to rabbit attacks, these are the units that you should install. They are characterized by close spacing of wires near the bottom and wider spacing near the top. If you have money you should install them all around your home, but if you don’t have a large budget you should install them around individual plants.

Bird netting

If you have berries and fruit crops you should protect them from birds by installing bird netting. Bird nets come in different sizes and materials. There are some that are made from stainless steel while others are made from plastic. You should choose the one that meets your needs. Regardless of the net that you buy ensure


A Garden Bench A Beautiful Addition to Any Garden

Posted on May 9, 2016 By

Okay, so you have spent hours upon hours creating the perfect garden. You have chosen only the choicest flowers, agonized for days over their placement, and even bought that much too expensive antique statue to set it all off. Now that it is finished, you know that you have created something truly special, something that is unique, and a place in which you could see yourself relaxing after a long, hard day.

The only problem is: There is nowhere to sit and relax, no vantage point from where you can absorb the peace and beauty that all of your hard work has brought you. Do you know what you need? A garden bench.

Garden benches are the perfect accessory for any garden because they can be inviting, entertaining but unobtrusive at the same time. They can be beautiful in a cozy arrangement of outdoor furnishings, or can stand all by themselves in a secluded setting. Do you want your furniture to be the focal point of your garden, or do you want it to blend in with its surroundings and pale in comparison to your garden’s natural beauty? No matter what type of atmosphere you envision


Caring For Rattan Garden Furniture

Posted on May 6, 2016 By

A rattan garden furniture set is one of the essential set pieces British garden and patio owners are learning not to go without. While plastic or aluminium-based garden furniture remains popular and widely purchased across the British Isles, there is just something about the rustic, naturalistic look of rattan garden furniture which gives it that extra appeal in the eyes of Britons looking to spruce up their outdoor area.

What most of these home-owners are also learning, however, is that rattan furniture comes with the added requirement of tender love and care. A sturdy yet easily damaged material, rattan must be handled extremely gently, at the risk of a beautiful set of outdoor furniture turning into a frayed collection of broken wicker edges. This is why more and more home-owners are gravitating towards synthetic rattan, a polyethylene alloy which boasts most of the characteristics of traditional rattan while being considerably easier to care for. In this article, we will aim to offer tips and suggestions on how to properly care for both types of rattan, so you can ensure your brand-new set of rattan garden furniture gets the attention it deserves, and remains in good shape for

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The Use of Color in Your Landscape

Posted on May 4, 2016 By

The Use Of Color. Color can capture and hold your attention almost more than anything else in your landscape. It also gives landscapes definition and interest and adds another dimension to the landscape. By knowing a few facts about how the human eye relates to color, you can make it work to your advantage in your landscape. A color wheel is helpful to understand the relationship between colors.

  1. Red, red-orange and yellow are considered to be warm colors.
  2. Green, blue, blue-green, blue-violet, and violet are considered to be cool colors.
  3. To the eye, warm colors tend to advance and cool colors tend to recede. If planted side by side at a distance, the warm colors will appear closer and the cool colors further away. You can use these effects to create spatial illusions. Planting cool colored flowers at the rear of your garden will make the yard seem larger, warm colors will make the yard seem smaller.
  4. Spot plantings can have similar effects seeming to deepen a part of the yard or bring it closer.
  5. Cool colored plants are good for close-up viewing, warm colors are good for dramatic displays.
  6. Cool colors can easily be overwhelmed by warm colors.

There are

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How to Create a Beautiful Landscape Painting

Posted on April 15, 2016 By

A landscape painting should make you feel like you are in a deep space. When viewing it you should feel as though you were right inside the painting. It should be both spellbinding and beautiful. To attain this, there are some tricks to it. The first trick is to use clarity. An example of this is to show a thick fog over some hills in the distance, and have the fog fade as you get to the hills towards the front. A second trick is to use a winding path, such as a trail, a creek, or a river. This makes people feel as though they are deep within the painting. A third trick is to use size to your advantage. A tree up close should be large, while a tree far away should be small. This enhances the viewer’s feel of the distance and expanse of the landscape.

One thing you have to remember about a landscape painting is that it doesn’t have to show exactly everything you see. If you don’t want to paint every tree you see, then don’t. If you want to put a bird in the sky, then put a bird in


Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping

Posted on April 8, 2016 By

Naturalized bulbs look beautiful in a wooded setting. You can plant them and leave them to multiply. After the bulbs bloom the foliage will die down, but you can interplant bulbs with ground covers for a carefree and beautiful garden.

For a natural look you should arrange your bulbs informally. If you toss them and plant them where they land, with small adjustments for spacing, it’ll look much better than if you arrange them.

Bulbs also work well in a perrenial garden. When your bulbs finish blooming your perrenials are just ready to get started and they’re now filling in the spaces and hiding the soon to be dormant foliage of your bulbs. This is a great way to extend color in the garden for a good 6 weeks.

Summer bulbs can be used to fill in areas that need color when perrenials have finished. Keep in mind that most summer bulbs do need to be dug up and stored over the winter. The good part is that next season when you replant them you can totally redesign with them.

Whatever your garden style, make sure you add some bulbs. They’ll provide you with


Laying Out Your New Landscape

Posted on April 6, 2016 By

When planning your new landscape, the first place to start is by driving around your neighborhood and seeing what other people have done with their landscapes. Bring a sketch pad or digital camera to record things you like. Your next stop is your local nursery or garden center. Look at what plants do well in your area. Look at any displays they have setup to get an idea of which plants work well together. And don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Now comes the planning stage. Get a long tape measure and some graph paper and take some accurate measurements of your yard. The more accurate you are, the more detailed you can be with your plan. Don’t worry though, if you aren’t perfectly accurate. Even if you pace off your yard and get some general measurements, you will be better off than just trying to guess how large an area you are working with.

After the measurements are done, you can use either graph paper and pencils or one of the new software packages that are available. I prefer the software only because it allows you to make changes very quickly and easily, and also allows you to see three-dimensional views of


Greenscapes Energy Efficient Landscaping

Posted on March 16, 2016 By

When you landscape cautiously, you can save money by maximizing the energy efficiency of your home. This means that you can save money on heating and cooling costs by carefully planting trees, shrubs and even some grasses and vines. Landscaping can not only help decrease the amount of energy you use in both winter and summer, but can also provide an eye-pleasing surrounding for your home. This means that you can have an attractive home environment and save money on energy costs. And that is of interest to just about everyone.

When you carefully position your trees, you can save money in both summer and winter. Large deciduous trees are great additions to any home for this purpose. These trees have large leaves and create shade during the summer. They block the sun, and this reduces how much money is needed to cool the home. Vines growing on the house and shrubs near the home (protecting basement windows) only help further. Now, here is the great thing about deciduous trees: they lose their leaves in the fall. This means that as the leaves fall of during autumn, they let more sunlight in. This means that natural light


How To Choose The Right Trees For Your Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

Posted on March 10, 2016 By

Trees can contribute to the overall appearance of your front yard perhaps more than almost any other part of your landscaping design. Unfortunately, many new homes that are now being built come with almost no trees on the property at all, or at least very few. This leaves it up to the homeowner to come up with a winning front yard landscaping idea, and choose the right trees for its design.

Actually, most experts agree that even one single shade tree can make a large difference in the comfort and appearance of a home. For instance, a large leaf tree can help cut down on noise from the street. A very tall tree that casts a shadow on the roof can even reduce heat inside the home in the summer. Trees can also provide protection from the wind too.

But there is no question that choosing the right trees will improve your home’s appearance many times over. If you situate them properly, they can accentuate the lines of your house, giving a small house dignity, and restoring balance to a tall house. They can also provide a welcome contrast in color and texture to the appearance


Landscape Lighting

Posted on March 8, 2016 By

There have been studies that suggest as much as a 10 to 20 percent hike in the value of a home when there’s a great landscape lighting design. All it takes is putting in something for your home that instantly ensures that your property is more attractive, secure and safer. There’s an increasing tendency to opt for landscape lighting as the means enhancing the ambience of just about any building or area of darkness that has triggered a spurt in the lighting industry.

Currently the landscape lighting industry is in throes of escalating growth. With the paucity of contractors with proper training in landscape lighting, landscape professionals never had it so good to cash in on the success. Each complete project should mean exponential growth of a contractor’s success. The dynamic nature of landscape lighting makes new lighting jobs attractive to just about everyone.

An intention to incorporate landscape lighting in your house requires you to make sure of the capabilities the lighting professional for doing justice to your project. Careful consideration is essential. It is crucial that you have confidence in the designer’s ability of taking on the challenge of a lighting plan that adapts


Trees in the Home Landscape

Posted on March 6, 2016 By

Trees add so much to the home landscape! They provide shade, clean air, habitat for wildlife, value to your property, and even memories.

If your yard does not have any trees at the moment, you may want to consider planting some. Studies have shown that trees and landscaping add value to your property. Even if you do not intend to sell your property, trees can provide years of enjoyment. If you have trees in your yard, check to see that they are healthy. If they are near the end of their life expectancy or show signs of decline, you may want to plant new trees that will become established before the old trees are removed.

If properly located and planted, trees can help control energy costs. A large shade tree planted on the southwest side of the house can provide cooling shade in the summer, helping reduce air conditioning costs. Once the leaves drop in the fall, the winter sun is free to warm your house on cold winter days. Evergreen trees, planted to block cold winter winds, can help reduce winter heating costs.

Have you wondered what you could do to reduce greenhouse gases


Picking up Roses for Your Landscape

Posted on February 22, 2016 By

Roses are greatly admired by gardeners as well as by ordinary diletants. They are the perfect flower combination for anyone’s garden. Bouquets of roses and cut roses can add to the colorful ambience of your home. Roses can also be used to decorate the exterior architecture of your house. Planted roses have various types and colors, and can be a natural decoration, which would suit anyone’s taste.

Landscape roses, as they are also known, can be planted anywhere in your garden. The good thing is that they are easy to find, but the drawback they have is the prolific abundance of various types, which sometimes confuses you. To make things easier, here we have classified the most famous types of landscape roses, which can be used according to your preferences.

Depending on your purposes, there are several main types of ornamental landscape roses. The first one that crops up to mind is the tall tea rose. Gardeners who want to decorate a trellis or an archway plant tea roses. Tea roses have the perfect blooming flowers. The rose arch can really make the atmosphere of your garden romantic.

The second type is the climbing rose.


Advantages Of Solar Landscaping Lights

Posted on February 11, 2016 By

Solar landscaping lights will enhance any existing landscape design. You can find many shapes and sizes to accent any area. If you do any entertaining in your backyard at night you will need some lighting to keep your guests safe. Additionally, you want to showcase all your hard work. This is easily accomplished with landscaping lights.

The biggest advantage to using solar lights over more traditional electrical lights is ease of installation. You don’t have to hire an electrician to hook everything up. Simply place the lights wherever you want to and let the sun charge them for you. By the time night rolls around your yard will be aglow in light. It really is that simple.

Another advantage to having solar lighting is portability. You can easily move them from one area to the other, and even bring them inside during harsh weather. You can quickly and conveniently move the lighting to reflect any changes to your landscape design. This is virtually impossible with electrical lights as you would have to rerun all the wires.

Solar Landscaping Lights Will Save You Money

You will also save money by using solar lighting. The cost


Keep Your Yard Looking Great All Year Round

Posted on February 1, 2016 By

You’ve worked hard all summer to keep your yard looking the best on the block. With the winter months creeping up, it’s time to start thinking ahead to next spring and how to protect all of your hard work during the colder season. By taking care of your lawn in the fall, you can ensure that you keep your lawn looking great all year long!

Rake it Up!

Once the fall begins, we all know what happens. The leaves start falling off of the trees and no matter how much you rake them up, they seem to re-appear all over your community. It’s important to keep fallen leaves off your lawn. They block the sun which is key to the growth and development of your lawn’s root system. During the cooler months, your lawn is making food to store in the root system so that it can continue to grow underground in the colder months. That means it needs more food than normal and all the sunlight it can get. So rake those leaves!

Give Your Lawn Some Air!

The yard in front of your condo, apartment or home is a very important space


Quick and Easy All Natural Gardening Tips

Posted on January 14, 2016 By

There is now a more convenient way for vegetarians and people with green thumbs to enjoy their own fresh fruits and veggies! You can enjoy a fresh and free salad in your dining table simply by starting your own natural garden. Natural Gardening is a gardening style featuring plants which are native to the region, where the plants can develop their natural shape without shearing, staking or pruning and minimizing usage of fertilizers or pesticides.

If you plan to start and work on your garden, here are a few quick and easy all-natural gardening tips to help you get started.

Get a head start in your natural garden! Start by planting seeds in an egg carton, planting them with a small amount of soil without letting it spill over the sides. Make sure not to overwater your plants, just keep the soil moist. Once the plants have frost, you can take the seedlings out of the egg carton and plant them on the ground. If you want to speed up the germination process, you can lay a piece of plastic wrap over the seedlings to keep them warm and moist. Leave it as it is until


Tips For The Conscientious Gardener

Posted on January 11, 2016 By

For the horticulturist or simply the amateur home gardener who grows fruits, flowers and vegetables in the backyard, there is certain information about gardening they should always keep in mind. This information is outlines in the form of some simple gardening tips in this article.

Some simple gardening tips for you to follow:

1. Make sure that all the products you use are completely natural and free of chemicals, pesticides and insect repellents. Use organic gardening to grow naturally healthy fruits and vegetables, because these are good for the community and environment as a whole. Organic gardening is natural, and consequently, safe in every sense of the term. It poses no health hazards, but enhances and well-being of plants, animals, humans and environment at large, alike. On the other hand, the harsh chemicals that are used in gardening and growing food crops lead to many diseases such as lung problems, allergies or even cancer. If gardeners refrain from using these dangerous products then they are saving anyone who consumes their products from a lot of health hazards.

2. Look for non-toxic weed killers. These are available in organic gardening supply stores everywhere and are much


Indoor Gardening Tips For Healthy Plants

Posted on January 4, 2016 By

Bring nature inside and start an indoor garden to make your home more colorful, but be careful to follow these indoor gardening tips. Plants are so soothing to look at and many indoor gardeners feel that they add that extra little spark to any room. An added benefit is that plants are nature’s purifier, taking carbon dioxide out of our air and changing it into oxygen cleansing the air in your home. Mix up your plants; try a few exotics or tropical plants, anything you choose will make your room shine with their fresh beauty and their colorful blooms. To maintain their beauty here are some indoor gardening tips to keep your plants lush and healthy.

Light is the one thing you cannot skimp on. Without this essential ingredient your plants will wither and die. Each and every plant have different requirements so for one indoor gardening tips here is some things to look for when shopping for houseplants. Ask the person at the nursery center how much light the plants you are consider will need. Some plants need direct sunlight while others crave indirect sunlight. For a direct sun plant, place the container near a window