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Category Archives: Gardening

Avoiding Weeds In Mobile Home Garden

The first step to managing a weed problem is taking care of the one that is already there. Pulling them is the most effective way of getting them out because it yanks out the root that, if left, would allow them to grow back. Weed wackers can pull some of them, but others will only get cut at the soil level. The problem will only keep recurring.

Wait until you have either watered your garden, or there has been a significant rain and the soil is damp and soft. If the soil is too hard you will break them off without the root when you pull them off. If you have harder soil that isn’t softening, use a hand shovel or other gardening tool to break through around the root of the weed. Be sure to wear thick gardening gloves, as many weed types can be hard on the skin and even cause rashes or cuts when you pull them.

What do you do with the weeds when they are pulled out? You can just toss them, sure, but then what good have they ever done? You can actually make weeds work for you by adding them to compost. They will break down and nourish your garden just like any other plant matter.

One other (high maintenance) option is to use livestock to eat the weeds. Many many will buy chickens or goats in order to have them eat the weeds in their gardens. However, this means also caring for the animals correctly, feeding them, etc. There are benefits like fresh eggs or goats milk, not to mention the aspect of having them as pets. But make sure you are ready for the responsibility before you go this route.

You also need more space. Mobile homes come in all different shapes and sizes and are placed on all different sizes of land. So if you have a fair amount of yard you should be fine. If you have only a small space in the front or back or the house, skip the livestock.

The last option is scalding. This doesn’t work for the garden itself as it can damage plants or soil and wreak havoc on your yard. But if you have weeks growing other places, such as through concrete, or creeping between the slates of your mobile home, you can scald them back. Just boil some water and pour it over the weeds. It will burn them down to the roots and keep them from growing back if they go through a couple of “treatments”.

If you have taken care of your weed problem, or if one hasn’t developed yet, you can prevent weeds from ever growing in the first place.

Possibly the best tip is to paper and mulch your garden. Dig down a few inches into the soil. Put down newspaper in layer so the whole area is covered. Keep in mind that newspaper is specifically used for this purpose because it is lighter than most paper and won’t weigh down plants trying to grow. Once the area is covered, lay down plenty of mulch until you can no longer see the newspaper.

In the beginning, weeds are stronger and may be able to push through the newspaper and keep growing. Another layer of paper and mulch should take care of this and keep further weeds from being able to grow. That is because you are suffocating them, keeping them from getting the sunlight and oxygen they need.

You can keep weeds from growing between plants by choking them out. Just plant things closer together, even if they are different species. You can also grow weed-dominating flora between your main plants, such as Golden Fleece or Herman’s Pride.

Herbicides are never pleasant and they can hurt your mobile home’s garden, or the insects and animals who help it thrive. You want something that is going to work without killing everything else around it. Luckily, you can make your own.

The popular recipe that has been used by gardeners for generations is made with only two ingredients: About four liters of vinegar and about thirty milliliters of dishwashing soap. You mix the two and cover weeds… within two days they will be dead and gone.

Some people will also add in a cup of salt but this can be dangerous to your garden. Salt in the soil can impede growth, especially of more delicate plants. Think carefully before you add it to your herbicide.

This weed killer has the additional positive of also repelling many pests. So you will be killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda spreads through stolons and rhizomes. These are the above-ground stems and spreading roots respectively. Because these spread fast, the homeowner must be vigilant when it comes to keeping out of shrub or flower borders. Bermuda that has become wayward is easy to dig during the winter because it has become dormant.

Here are some steps to remedy the weed problems on Bermuda lawn care:

1. Apply pre-emergences during very early spring.

2. Control the lawn weeds during early spring.

3. Apply fertilizer during late spring after 50% green up. Do insect control when necessary.

4. Bermuda likes acid soils. When needed to raise pH, apply lime during the late fall.

Here are some steps to maintain your Bermuda lawn’s good condition

1. Apply high nitrogen fertilizers every month to six weeks during the summer months

2. Apply fertilizer until early September and do insect control during late spring or during early summer.

3. Apply winter lawn treatment with a pre emergence and Potash the end of October (winter conditioner) and do insect control when needed during late summer or during early fall.

The key is to do the steps indicated throughout the year. You will see improvements in your Bermuda lawn after that given time. Remember to read the label on the lawn care product before you apply it to your Bermuda grass. You have to be careful with the weed killers and fertilizers. Only use products that have been specified for Bermuda grass lawn care.

Xeriscape Landscape Design

If you are considering a new approach for your lawn, then think about these advantages of xeriscaping:

· Although it can be a bit pricey to get started, once the xeriscape is in place, your landscape design will require little to no work. This means that your investment will last for years to come.

· Opting for xeriscape means less water used for landscape care, which means less money spent on utility bills – especially during the growing season.

· You don’t have to live in a desert like area. There are plants perfect for xeriscaping no matter where you live.

· Speaking of plants, there are numerous plants that can be used -you aren’t limited just to cacti!

· Xeriscaping helps you minimize your environment al footprint and impact as much as possible.

· No need to spend time cutting back hedges, weeding, watering and other redundant jobs associated with landscaping.

Of course, the xeriscapes landscape design is not for everyone. After all, there are many people out there who like nothing better than to work in the yard. These people often feel that this type of landscape design seems more sparse (it often is) than the traditional approach to lawn design. As a result, it can work against you if you live in an area where everyone else has more traditional lawns -especially if you and several other neighbors all happen to be putting your home on the market at the same time! However, this alternative approach is still a unique way to achieve a healthy yard that suits your needs. (Of course, if you live in a dry region, having your lawn already xeriscaped can actually be a boon to your yard because your landscape will look better than those yards where the grass is brown and dying!)

Xeriscaping is the perfect choice for those looking for an easy to maintain landscaping design. It can created for virtually any climate which makes it popular all around the globe. If you are considering the xeriscape approach for your yard, talk to a local nursery or landscape design company and learn how one can be created for your lawn.

Trees Trimming

You need to take care of yourself for safety reasons while cutting down a tree. A tree contains heavy branches and stem that can harm your eyes or body. Let’s look at following safety equipment’s:

• Shatterproof glass: Flying craps from the trees at the time of cutting can harm your eyes. So shatterproof glasses can prove a regular safety guard for your eyes.

• Safety boots: If you cut the tree with the help of rope so it may fall on your leg. For keeping your legs safe use either safety covered boots or knee pads.

Tools to handle

You need to collect all tools before you start with cutting. Tools depend on the size and placement of the tree. Have a look on below mentioned tools use for tree trimming:

• Axe: It is a tool that is first need to cut a tree. Axe helps you to hit a branch or stem. Continuously hitting on a particular point can break it into pieces.

• Staircase: If the tree is tall so you first need to trim its broad branches for this you need staircase to reach the branches.

• Rope: It allows cutting of branches located higher on the tree from the ground. You need help of others to cut a tree with the help of rope. For this tie one end of the rope to the tree and its other end should be handled by a group of peoples. When all will pull the tree together it will uproot and fall. But make yourself out from the falling zone.

Low Maintenance Landscape

Avoid High-Maintenance or Problem Plants

Live oak, red maple, butterfly bush Virginia willow, dwarf bamboo, sedum, gardenias, rain lilies – these are some of the hard-to-maintain trees, shrubs, perennials, and ground covers you’ll want avoid. Instead, look for landscape plants that can adapt to extreme temperature; are more tolerant to dry or wet periods; more resistant to fungal problems, disease, and insects; and more adaptive to poor soil conditions.

Consider a Rock Garden

Instead of using greens, why not use grays? A rock garden is an ideal substitute for high-maintenance plants, shrubs, lawns, and even trees. Rock gardens do not require regular trimming, mowing, watering, etc.

Place Plants in Masses

Planting in masses not only assures that the plants grow densely and consistently but also makes mowing and trimming edges easier. These plant groupings can also obscure less-than-lovely fences, views of neighbors, or bins.

Place the Right Size Plants in the Right Places

Tall trees or large plants placed underneath electrical and utility lines, sheds, home windows, and doorway entries often need constant pruning to prevent them from exceeding the desired height and thickness. The problem is, during the planning, this is not thought about because any tree or plant is yet to be seen as a problem. Nonetheless, it is important to know the characteristics of the plants that you are planning to use in your landscape design. Ask the nursery owner for plants that grow within your desired height.

About Table Top Water Fountains

Outdoor table top water fountains are usually small in height. They can measure anywhere from five inches to twenty- four inches, although the average height seems to be somewhere between ten inches to eighteen inches tall.

The uniqueness about outdoor table top fountains is that they can be placed anywhere in your garden or patio. Some of the smaller ones can be placed around flower beds to create an amazing effect of water flowing around the flowers. While, others can be placed on patio tables, counters or wherever there is space for the fountain to draw attention.

Pay attention to the water fountain before the purchase. Some fountains do not have the same safety features of others. Many of the outdoor water fountains have “back doors” for access to the pump, LED lights and other items that may need adjustments. The better quality units have manufacturer’s warranties for up to one year.

Outdoor water fountains are very popular and there are all types and sizes and configurations to choose from. The prices of the fountains vary as much as the different types of fountains. There are some varieties of fountains that are very inexpensive, but not good quality. As always, “buyers beware”.

There are quality outdoor table top water fountains for as little as $50.00 and that can include a manufacturer’s warranty for up to one year. The fountains with warranties can cost into the hundreds of dollars, defined only be the look desired to create. The more elaborate the fountain, the greater the cost.

There are some beautifully painted fountains with all types of adornments; butterflies, bird, gnomes and fairies. Many of the more costly fountains are equipped with LED lights in various places of the waterfall to draw attention to the water as it cascades through the fountain.

Lawn Mowing

Remove Any Rocks And Stones Before Lawn Mowing

Why risk ruining your lawn mower due to laziness. If you have rocks or stones you should remove them before you do anything. This should only make sense to everyone. There is another reason as well. Do you know how many people are injured every year because they did not do this and were actually hit by splattered rocks.

Do Not Water Your Grass The Day Before

I know it goes against conventional wisdom to tell anyone not to water their grass but this is the time you want the grass and soil to be dry. Wet soil can cause your lawn to have patches of no grass because your lawn mower sucked up soil as well as the grass you were trying to cut. Add that to the fact that your mower may not have cut any grass at all because it was just to darn slippery.

Help the grass Stand Up If Needed

High winds and foot traffic will often cause grass to lean towards the ground. Did you know that if you take an ordinary house broom and brushed your lawn before mowing that it would help out immensely. What you are actually doing is helping your grass to stand tall. Think about it for a moment. Totally makes sense doesn’t it.

Stop Procrastinating With Lawn Mower Maintenance

Okay, we have all done this one. The lawn mowing is finished and now it’s time to rest or grab that cold beer. Let’s put the lawn mower away and we can clean it up the next time we use it. Admit it, you have done it to. Well the truth is, one of these next times we use it, things will not go so well. Whether the blades become dull or parts become loose and in-effective does not matter. The day will come where your lawn mower just doesn’t operate as it should. Book It!

Cleaning Artificial Lawn

Conduct Weekly Maintenance

This may be something that you wanted to avoid but we would recommend giving your lawn a light rinse each week to keep the fibres free from dust and any other debris that may have accumulated.

Monthly Maintenance

Conducting a more thorough clean on a monthly basis will help to keep your artificial lawn looking clean, green and inviting. We would suggest using a stiff brush or broom and maybe a flexible lawn rake. Avoid steel bristles as this will damage the surface.

This may need to be conducted more frequently if you have trees nearby that are prone to dropping leaves or if you have pets.

Regular grooming also prevents matting and keeps your lawn’s infill from compacting.

Dealing With Spills

Nearly all modern artificial turf is stain resistant and anything that is dropped can simply be washed away with water. If you are concerned about bacteria, we suggest that you use a half-and-half mix of water and vinegar that can be washed off after with a mild, natural soap – avoid strong chemical based detergents as they may once again cause damage to your surface.

As with spills on carpets, responding quickly is the key to effectively removing any spills. Chewing gum may pose the biggest concern but can be removed easier if it is chilled, so consider using ice cubes to do this.

Stains and Burns

Burns and stains can be repaired but prevention is far better than cure. We recommend that you encourage smokers to avoid smoking on your lawn, likewise, don’t repair vehicles on the turf or as we discussed early use strong chemicals. Oil is one of the few substances that may stain your artificial grass so always bear this in mind when using it.

Finally

Taking care of your turf on a regular basis will mean that it will keep its fantastic appearance for years to come. Performing simple tasks on a regular basis will save you from needing to carry out more drastic work in the future.

Need a Garden Parasol

Garden parasol is one of the must add furniture which will definitely add beauty to your garden. Parasols are nothing but an enhanced version of the umbrella which will keep you cool and contented under the shade it provides. There are of course a wide variety of garden parasols available in the market like the plain pattern parasols with bold designs or the classic teak parasols which will give you an outburst of colours in your garden.

There are different kinds of parasols like the Bambrella parasols which have easily replaceable teak spars and also have easily replaceable parasol covers. There are various canopy colours available and also have a double pulley system which won’t weaken or snap like other parasols which use hollow poles and handle attachments. The parasols are available in various diameters where they are made out of single piece poles for extra durability and strength. It also has classic clean lines which give you a contemporary feel of natural bamboo or stainless steel. The wind resilient of this parasol is indestructible and can withstand winds up to 90mph. The wood of the parasol is made from FSC wood which is a renewable substance which makes the parasol environmental friendly. The Olefin fabric of the parasol is bulky and gives maximum cover while having low gravity, which means that it gives warmth without weight. The Parasol is weatherproof because it has low moisture absorption, which means that it can wick moisture and dry quickly and the fabric is also fade resistant and chemical resistant, which further gives the parasol a lot of durabilities. The guarantee of it is 5 years and the stainless steel spars are replaceable which will not rust or degrade.

There are also other types of parasols like the Diamond Teak Parasol which is superior to any other timber and the natural oil content makes it resistant to water and the dense grain does not make the parasol split or crack with exposure to the outside weather. The various ranges of parasols also include Cantilever parasol, Wall parasol, Sapphire hardwood parasol, Shanghai parasol, commercial parasol, etc. Parasols do not only look beautiful it is also very useful in providing shade when you are sitting under the scorching heat of the sun or if you want to de-stress yourself by relaxing under the patio or garden bench.

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