Even if you have a state of the art irrigation system to supply water around the clock, there will be times of drought and water rationing. Not to mention the initial cost and maintenance costs. It is much simpler for your desert landscape to simply use plants that will thrive even in the hot sun all day. So take some time with your landscaping plan to ensure that you have everything appropriate to the climate.
Another benefit to using desert landscaping friendly plants is, that not only will these plants do well even in the hot sun; they will also be able to flourish in the low quality soil common to these climate zones. You will not need to add fertilizers and soil conditioners, which further will cut down on your maintenance time and expense.
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Know your soil type. Some plants thrive in soil with more acidity, and others prefer a little more alkali. Additionally, sandy soil and clay soil, as well as the presence of a loamy soil, can make a difference in what types of plants will thrive in a landscape. You should have your soil evaluated in order to determine what types of vegetation should be planted on your property. When you purchase plants that will succeed in the soil conditions present in your yard, then you make a wiser money decision, and you end up with a more attractive landscape. If there are plants that you would like to use in your soil, but the soil is not quite ideal, it is possible to improve the soil to proper conditions. You need only add mulch or peat, or to add crushed … Read the rest
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.
You will also save money by using solar lighting. The cost of the lights themselves is comparable to the electrical … Read the rest
Perennial flowers bloom year after year and are found in most every yard. They are more affordable than shrubs or trees and can be grown easily in multiples whether in whole garden beds, as accents to trees and shrubs, in combination with annuals and even in pots or window boxes. Moreover the perennial plants grow a little larger in size every year and can often be divided and added to other empty spaces of your flowerbed.
Theoretically speaking trees and shrubs are also perennial as they live for more than 3 years. However, horticulturalists tend to categorize the perennials into 2 distinct varieties – herbaceous perennials and woody perennials. Woody perennials include shrubs, vines and trees that endure the winter and resume growth with the arrival of spring. Herbaceous perennials die back in the fall but its roots remain active … Read the rest
There are a number of artificial turf products available in the market and the turf used for landscaping is the most common out of all. Waking up to greenery is something that many wish for and this is made possible by using artificial turf for your landscaping. Using fake grass gives you a lively feeling and creates coordination that is most appealing between your home and the environment. By installing artificial grass you would be enjoying the company of your family and experiencing togetherness instead of wasting a lot of time in maintaining your natural lawn. You now can also arrange a lot of recreational activities and enjoy quality time with your friends. The fact that these products come to you with an eight years warranty makes it even more interesting. This means that you would not need to spend … Read the rest
Bonsai Tree Seeds
As I mentioned before, these are just ordinary tree seeds marketed to bonsai growers. Growing bonsai from seeds is the longest route to having your own bonsai. We believe that it is also the most rewarding, because you get to see every step of the way. When growing a bonsai from seed, you need to consider what species you want to grow. If you choose an outdoor tree, then you need to consider “stratification time.” If the species you pick requires a winter period to be dormant, then the seed will need this in order to sprout. This process, where we typically place the seed in soil or sphagnum moss in the fridge to simulate winter, is called stratifying the seed. You can also plant the seeds outdoors during the fall and let them be, but you … Read the rest
MEASURE MOISTURE IN SEVERAL PLACES.
Compared with commercial systems, home vermicompost containers are not uniform in their content. Home bins will feature shredded cardboard and paper, peat moss, coffee grounds, corn cobs, apple cores, banana peels and whatever food waste that household is producing at the time. I’ve even seen a fellow worm nut toss old t-shirts in his worm beds, presumably for insulation.
If you use some sort of a probe to measure moisture, this presents the challenge of inconsistent readings. Sinking the probe into an area full of watermelon chunks is sure to give you a higher-than-expected result. Likewise, insufficiently watered peat moss may wrongly give you the impression that it’s time to water the bin. Take the average of numerous readings to get a more accurate result.
BE AWARE OF THE MOISTURE CONTENT OF THE FOOD
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Plan the garden properly
The landscape of the garden must be planned in such a manner that it looks beautiful now while also having the future in mind. You will find it is best to plant your precious collection of plants in such a manner that there is enough space when in future you require a mower, or the stump grinder, to enter for building projects for your porch or the patio..
If this planning is not done now, then in future you may have to throw away your precious plants in order to have space for allowing movement of such equipment.
Have a focal point
The focal point of your garden must be such that it attracts people and engages their attention when roaming in your garden. It should be different than others but not out-of-place. You can have … Read the rest