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Monthly Archives: September 2018

Zero Turn Mower

These are faster and more efficient. There are several reasons to choose these over traditional tractors which includes-

  • These are faster than usual mowers thus one need not to make plans for cutting grass on weekend instead one can cut grass as and when required.
  • Another advantage is that one can add attachments with these mowers. Attach any portable trolley and grass collector to these mowers and perform two works simultaneously.
  • These can work without problem on difficult paths where ordinary mowers didn’t work so well.
  • Unlike other mowers these are equipped with controlling handles rather than driving wheels thus they are easy to use.

How to use zero turn mowers?

-Read the manual properly and then gather proper knowledge regarding the mower.

  • Learn how to use it by grasping all the controls in your hand and feet.
  • Learn to apply brakes and by pulling the choke knob and pulling the lever start the engine.
  • Make sure you follow proper instruction else you might damage your mower if proper care is not taken.

Why zero turn mowers are costly?

  • They make use of hydraulic energy and each wheel has got its own motor which allows them to run independently of each other along any pathway with ease.
  • These are compact and offer more functional benefits. Thus these are bit costlier than those traditional tractors which were used initially.
  • These are versatile.

Best uses of zero turn mowers-

  • They can be run along any circular pathway regardless of its radius.
  • Portable attachments are another benefits as only a single person can do the job without requiring assistance from another person.
  • These are faster and more efficient in comparison to other mowers.
  • These can be used easily on uneven grounds thus making the job easier.

Hunter Sprinklers

While the spray heads are largely designed the same way, the key difference is in the rotators. The Hunter sprinkler PGP rotator sprinkler head is designed in an innovative way that allows it to prevent materials from getting into the rotor, so that the sprinkler head isn’t easily damaged.

When considering sprinklers, keep it mind that Hunter has a whole line or irrigation products. They are a quality brand because they have built their reputation on performance and durability, not just on price point. That is why they have been a leader in the irrigation industry for many years.

When looking at the different options, you’ll notice that they have both residential and commercial rotors. Also, there are different options available for spacing considerations. The range consists of rotors that can be spaced as closing as 15 feet apart, all the way up to 90 feet.

What are some of the uses for the different models they have? There are models designed specifically for the following applications: residential, commercial, institutional, athletic fields, areas where high vandalism occurs, low pressure areas, and there are also riser-mounted sprinklers available.

As we discussed earlier, this company has really made a name for themselves because of their rotators. These innovative rotators have been designed with maximum water efficiency in mind, and are considered essential in the turf and landscape industry.

The great thing about these rotators is that they can fit on top of both conventional spray head bodies as well as shrub adapters. You now can control the application rate, the arc and even adjust the radius of the water spray.

If you’ve had pressure issues with you current sprinkler, consider updating your older model with one of these newer models with a rotating head.

Fountains Through All Ages

The Eastern world is not to be left out in the spectacle of fountains. The Moorish forces that conquered Spain around the 14th century were known to have installed pools and fountains with lively-colored tilework in gardens such as those in Cordoba and Toledo, as well as in Granada. Indians on the other hand built gardens of great splendor with fountains as prominent features. Prime examples are the world-renowned Taj Mahal and the Shalimar Gardens. Chinese palaces, temples and houses also had great gardens with pools and fountains of varying sizes. Beijing’s Imperial City features artificial lakes and other impressive waterworks. Kyoto is also famous for its gardens with carefully crafted pools and waterfalls designed by Zen monks.

Monasteries in middle-age Europe featured large gardens that fountains and wells. designed to enhance meditation in addition to several rows of herbs, fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Palaces and villas in renaissance Italy were very reminiscent of the grandeur of ancient Rome. 15th century palaces were decorated with gardens such as those of Palmieri, La Pietra, and Medici. The villas in Bagnaia, Caprarola, Rome, and Tivoli also featured fountains that were elegantly elaborate. As the baroque period approaches, designs became more grandiose and complex. Spouting fountains and waterfalls were used extensively to enhance serpentine lines. French chateaus in the Loire valley also had extensive gardens and parks with great fountains for everyone to enjoy. By the 17th century, the prime of French design and architecture, fountains and gardens became endlessly grand embellishing the grand estates such as those in Versailles.

The rise of romanticism in the 18th century led to the unleashing of passion which was well translated into architecture, including fountain designs. Exotic and picturesque fountains and ponds served as punctuation marks to the profound statements showed through architecture in this period. Some years after, a prominent landmark, the Central Park in New York spouted.

Beautiful Ornamental Grasses

Pampas Grass or Cortalderia selloana. This is a fast growing exotic ornamental grass. Usually evergreen in warmer climates. Normal variety grows to about 10ft high and 20ft wide. Should be planted in groups. Has showy spike flower plumes and razor edged leaves (ouch)! Dwarf variety available at your local nursery. Likes full sun and very drought tolerant. Grows best at about 6500 ft. elevation.

Fountain Grass or Pennisetum spp. Most grow about 3ft. tall and about 5ft. wide. Purple fountain grass or Pennisetum alopecuroides is a favorite among southwestern New Mexicans. Nice feathery plumes in the fall. They all like full sun, and good fertilized type of soil. Attractive natural purple color great for any type of landscaping. This type of grass loves the lower elevations of the southwest.

See photos of Ornamental grasses

Blue Fescue or Festuca caesia. Nice mounding exotic pale blue grass with ornamental flowers. Can be used as a ground cover. Loves colder climates but will tolerate drought conditions. Likes full sun and or shade. This ornamental grass grows to about 1ft. tall and wide and stays green year round. Ask your local nursery for more advice. Do not confuse with Fescue lawn grass.

Horsetail grass, Indian grass, Horsetail grass, Feather grass, Mexican feather grass, and Sedge grass. These ornamental grasses are excellent as low water plants. Many stay green year round. Call your local nursery for more advice.

All about Fire Pit Tables

Pit tables comes in many different shapes and styles. Most of the pits are made of metal and comes in all colors, so matching it to your patio furniture is extremely easy. Although metal is the most frequently chosen material, fire pit tables can be made of wood, stone, copper and stainless steel.

If you want a more sophisticated look, some of the tables also comes in granite. This is sure to add a to the look of quality of your patio furniture. They are safe and the table stays cool to the touch, avoiding serious burns.

A fire pit table is great for family functions because older friends and relatives may have a difficult time standing or sitting on the ground. It can provide a warm atmosphere on a cool night. Depending on the style of table that you choose, the prices will vary. A standard metal table starts at around one hundred dollars and can reach thousands of dollars.

You can find fire pit tables in catalogs and home improvement stores across the country. They are also available on line. By doing a simple Google search, you will find millions of links for shops that sell fire pits of all kinds and types. Many people are using the on line option because vendors are in fierce competition and offer incredible discounts.

The pit tables add an air of elegance to any outdoor patio. They are easy to use and easy to clean. You will want to host parties and small get-togethers just to show it off. Although those tables are durable, you need to take into consideration the climate in which it will be kept. If you live in an area that has consistently warm weather, a metal copper or stainless steel fire pit table is perfect for you.

If you live in an area that the temperature falls below the freezing level, you may want to consider granite or stone for your fire table. These materials can withstand any temperatures, whether it is hot or cold. A fire pit table can add beauty and elegance to your home. It will be the envy of all your friends and family.

Making Landscape Painting

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 the sky. If you don’t like the color of some flowers, then feel free to change the color to one you approve of. If you don’t like to include the people you see in the landscape, then take them out. If you want to change the color of the sky from a grey evening to a dark evening, then change away. Use your imagination and do as you will. It is all up to you. Your goal with the landscape painting is to dramatically capture the feel of the landscape, not to show everything in it. If a landscape painting was supposed to be an exact duplicate it would be called a photograph, not a painting.

A great landscape painting will enhance your artist capabilities. It can also help you make some extra pocket change being how popular these paintings are. Anyone would want a beautiful landscape painting to compliment there home or office. With all of these tips and tricks in mind, you should be on your way to creating a masterful landscape painting. Perhaps one day you can be a world renowned landscape artist!