Raking may not be everyone’s favourite task but it will benefit your landscape and garden in the long run. It’s also a physically demanding chore that takes a lot of you and your body! Whether you like it or not, it must be done. Of course, there are alternative methods you can use to help ease the burden of raking.
Gravel gardens are low-maintenance and clean. There’s no worry about having to weed it or mow it; it just simple is there. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind If one you’re considering redesigning your garden and from the grass to the gravel.
With their delicate detail and exquisite form, alpines and other rock plants have a particular fascination-the wonder of the miniature.
To practice the centuries-old art of espalier, start with the right plant and train it to lie flat against a wall or fence,with its branches forming a selected pattern.
Gardeners have used arches, arbours, and pergolas to add interest and height to gardens since the time of the Romans, whose artwork depicts arches adorned with vines and roses. Now available in either modern materials or traditional wood, these practical ornaments may enhance gardens of any size or design and serve every type of climbing plant.
Every summer many of us spend hours upon hours just lounging on our patios and decks. We all love enjoying our home outside and inside. One way to enhance your already wonderful patio or deck is to landscape around it or add plants and flowers. This little addition is worth the effort, and will have you, your family and friends wanting to spend all their time on your favourite outside spot.
Nothing beats relaxing on the patio or under a shady tree in a comfortable chair, but your favorite furniture won’t be attractive for long if you don’t take care of it. Follow these tips for years of service from your outdoor furniture.
A boundary wall shelters the garden from strong and cold winds and presents a marvellous opportunity for growing a range of slightly tender climbers as well as more hardy ones
Summertime is the season when a terrace comes into its own. Your patio may be part of a bigger landscape, or a paved courtyard may be all you have. Whatever its surroundings, an area of brick or stone paving, gravel or decking can become a welcoming haven with carefully chosen and cleverly planted containers.
Beds and borders fall loosely into four categories: single, herbaceous, shrub and mixed. The style of border you choose for your landscape may well depend on the amount of time you have available for planting and maintenance.
Interesting as the attributes of any single plant may be, it is the way plants blend together to create a pleasing whole that is the key to a successful planting project. In order to maximise year-round interest, you need to distribute plants with diverse attractions in different seasons throughout your design.
Plants come in unlimited shapes and sizes, which you can use to great advantage.Think of your garden as an architect would a building-as a three-dimensional structure with line, scale, and texture-and then use plants as the building blocks.
The garden of her Surrey home is dotted with pots at every turn: some decorative, some functional, some planted and others empty, but all carefully placed for effect.
If you have a child in your life who’s interested in growing plants, make a space in the garden for him or her to explore the wonder of helping things grow. Instill a sense of ownership by providing a child-size watering can and tools, and place a sign with the child’s name in the plot.And don’t be too exacting-to a child, the thrill is in the process, not in producing something perfect.
Apple trees are somewhat slow to become established, but they often bear for many years when given good care. Fruit set is usually best when you plant more than one variety, and dwarf trees take up very little space. The spring blossoms are beautiful and often fragrant, and you can save the pruned wood for barbecue season.
Weeding a garden can be one of the most dreaded tasks a gardener faces. Because it’s so unpleasant many gardeners will put it off for weeks, which allows the weeds to grow out of control, increasing the amount of work that will have to be done. The reason weeds are so frowned upon in the garden is because they soak up the good nutrients your plants need to grow strong and healthy. There are different ways to weed your garden, but let’s take a look a the most popular: Hand weeding.
Collecting weather data specific to your landscape will help you tailor your gardening chores, improve plant selection and placement, and reduce the risk that extreme conditions will injure beloved plants.You can easily construct home weather gauges to help you quantify wind and rain. Other important data collection is mostly a matter of knowing the best way to use what you already have.
A good garden begins with good soil. In order to have a healthy, beautiful garden you must make sure that during your garden and lanscaping planning you choose a spot that has nutrient filled soil. Remember, starting with the soil makes it much easier to improve plant conditions throughout the seasons. Let’s take a look at how you can analyze the soil for your current or future garden.
The majority of apple pests can be controlled with one dormant spray plus the controls specified in the chart, if the pest is identified. The dormant spray goes on just as buds open. When applying sprays in the spring, avoid spraying at times when pollinating insects are present. Applying a repellent garlic extract spray may deter apple pests overall.
There are over a hundred varieties of plums currently growing in Canada. Some of these are commerical, others are experimental and of course most are in our own gardens. Plums are adaptable and hardy, making them the second most popular fruit to grow (next to apples) in Canadian gardens. But, as with any plant or fruit, we must keep a close eye to make sure it’s growing properly and healthily. The fungal diseases black knot and brown rot are fairly common on plums.