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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Utricularia Plants

Managing Bladderwort

Bladderwort plants indicate a healthy marine milieu. Due to plant’s invasive nature, the plants tend to congest native plants and alter the usual balance of elements in the water. The dense mats of these plants create problems for swimmers and others. Hence, its important to manage it from time-to-time.

Controlling mechanisms

Manual extraction processes are considered safe and natural. This includes raking or hand pulling of the plant. First try and remove one lot in smaller patches as it’s normal for plants to grow again. Inserting fish inside the lake is also a good idea, usually Grass carp likes to feast on the plant and thus ensures that the plant does not grow out of proportion.

Chemical Control Methods

Use of chemicals such as the root killing Aquacide Pellets is yet another process that can be used to get rid of Bladderworts. This is a very easy product to apply and is safe for fish and wildlife.

Growing Bladderworts

In case of growing bladderwort plants, dig up portions of seasoned plants in spring or pat dry flowers in a paper plate and remove tiny seeds. These plants reseed easily, and its invasive potential help in early growth. These plants can be grown inside as tropical plants inside the house. Bladderworts need at least four to five hours of good sunlight and prefer an additional four hours of sieved light every day. For best and early results, plant it in one part perlite and one part peat, and no bagging soil and then place the container in a plate of mineral-free

Landscape Maintenance

First the shovel, it is necessary for turning the soil, digging holes for new plantings or any other garden job that involves creating large or small holes. Secondly are the rakes. Both shovels and rakes come in different sizes. A small rake is needed for maintaining neat flower beds by raking dead leaves from around delicate flowers and small bushes. A large rake will be needed for the huge job of clearing the multitude of leaves from the lawn that descend in the fall. Thirdly are trowels. Trowels are available with long or short handles. A hand trowel will have a short handle suitable for planting small flowers or vegetables plants. A larger trowel with a long handle is great for creating beds.

Landscape maintenance equipment used for pruning is also very necessary and should be readily available. Shears are great for shaping a hedge and keeping it looking neat and tidy. Pruners are needed during the time of the year that you want to severely trim back trees. This is especially important for fruit trees to bear a good crop of fruit in their next cycle.

A garden wagon or wheelbarrow is great for moving trees, bushes, sod, large landscape rocks or fertilizer from area to another. You can mix a small amount of cement in a wheelbarrow for those small repair jobs around the patio or yard. These are available in various sizes also. This tool has saved my back on more than one occasion.

Finally, the lawnmower, this is a basic piece of landscape maintenance equipment that every home has and is used for maintaining a beautiful lawn. Again, the lawnmower comes in a variety of sizes depending on the size of your lot. We own a ride-on lawnmower because we have over an acre of green area to maintain. Most lawnmowers come with different attachments that can be used to cut lawn, pick up leaves, and mulching jobs.

Caring for Bonsai Tree

Soil

Another important factor is soil. Soil is always a top-priority and one of the most influential elements to plant growth. You must use the right soil conditions for a Bonsai tree to thrive and flourish. The soil you need will depend on the species of Bonsai tree you purchase. There are several species, so be sure you know which one you have so you can pick the proper soil and fertilizer.

Water

As mentioned, Bonsai trees are not your normal house plant. In fact, they are not a plant at all; they are trees and require the same level of care as the trees in your backyard. As for water, they require watering every day. So if you are out of town, you must have someone care for your tree just like you would for your dog. And you don’t water Bonsai trees the same as house plants. You must place them in a bowl of water and allow the soil to soak. Once the bubbles stop in the water, the tree is done.

Temperature

The soil must retain moisture in summer and be able to get rid of it in winter. So when the weather is hot, they will need to be kept in a partly-shaded area of your home or office. When it is cold, they should be placed in a sunny area so that the soil doesn’t stay too wet for too long.

Pruning

The most popular part of owning a Bonsai plant is the artistic pruning you get to do every week. They grow fast, so you will have to keep up with the trimming in order to maintain a healthy and aesthetically pleasing tree. But it is important to prune it properly so that it remains healthy and grows into the right shape. Cutting the wrong branch or over-pruning can be detrimental. You must learn the proper technique for trimming Bonsai trees.

Outdoor Furniture Cushion

Cushions also play a vital role in providing solidarity and durability to the furniture and also enhance the comfort level by keeping the body relaxed and in better posture while using the furniture. Well cushioned furniture can help in overcoming any sort of stress or strain from the otherwise hard and heavy wooden furniture.

Outdoor teak furniture with cushions are famous among homeowners as well as those living in apartments, who prefer to remain outside most of the time during summer days. One can easily find a wide variety of colorful, durable and comfortable cushions with all shapes and sizes to go with your outdoor teak furniture, according to your choice of style, design and price.

Different climatic conditions play a critical role in choosing the form of cushion replacement. If you are living in a place where the climate is tropical one, wicker ware is more suitable for you. You can find a number of airy, light colored outdoor teak furniture cushions, which are available in various colors. You can purchase such cushions for other furnishings such as couches, chairs, daybeds, end tables, etc.

There is a wide variety of outdoor teak furniture cushions that are completely weatherproof and, therefore, can resist wind, rain and humidity quite easily. Outdoor furnishing is most suitable for those who are living in such an area where the climate generally remains rainy.

Outdoor teak furniture covers can be purchased as well, matching the color of a deck or pool side set. Covers can be found separately for those who decide they want to provide added protection to their already purchased set of furnishings. For whatever the need or reason, covers are always a smart investment because they can add years to the life of outdoor furniture.

All about Coontail

MECHANICAL CONTROL

There are typically two ways of controlling Coontail or Coontail Moss, it can be done via manual control mechanism or by chemical control options,
Manual option of removal includes cutting and raking from within the pond. The plant’s tendency is such that it can regrow from the remaining roots or spill over seeds.

Another option is to use pond Dye which is usually used to restrict sunlight from entering directly inside the pond. The reason of controlling sunlight being that the photosynthesis will not occur and hence the growth will also be shunned.

CHEMICAL CONTROL

Use of herbicides and chemicals is yet another effective medium to curb the growth of Coontail or hornwort. Read some of these tips to control the growth of Coontail:

Use of a seasoned herbicide like Aquacide Pellets will curb the growth of Coontail and other common pond weeds that can be troublesome.

1. Use a comprehensive contact herbicide, that can instantly kill Coontail. Also, it’s important to note that one may have to repeat procedure of the treatment as it does not stay in the water body. Hence, multiple application is a must.

2. Another effective herbicide is Clipper, it actions fast and controls rough hostile and nuisance plants.

CHEMICAL APPLICATION FOR BEST RESULTS

Before applying chemicals, one must follow certain set rules for the treatment of weeds and algae.

• Divide your pond in sections and treat it one at a time. First apply herbicides in half of the pond’s bottom and then in the second half of the pond area. During hot and humid temperature, and while treating substantial growth of plants, remember to treat only ¼ of the pond at a time and wait until 15 days before reapplying it. This helps in reducing the risk of fish loss during extreme humid and hot weather conditions or while treating the heavy growth of plants.

• You will notice that the weeds have changed their colour to brown and once they die, pull these plants with the help of a weed cutter & rake and remove as much dead material as possible. This process will help prevent build-up of dead plant stock and muck.
• Think proactively and keep the muck at bay- Include chemicals which can make your pond look great at all times.

About Color in Landscape

  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 different ways that color can be worked into the landscape. Some of the most common color schemes are as follows:

  • Monochromatic: Using flowers of various tints and shades of one color.
  • Analogous: Using colors that are closely related to one another on the color wheel.
  • Complementary colors: Combine colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel. These can be powerful combinations ? bold, that some people may find vibrant, however, others may feel that these colors clash.
  • If you want to try and blend strong colors, arrange them so that they intermingle, rather than being clearly defined. You can tone down colors by including silvery leaf or white flower plants. If you mix bright reds with bright yellows, try leading up to the mixture with plants of similar but less intense colors.

  • Polychromatic: This includes a mixture of all colors. These combinations often produce a carnival type atmosphere. These are often the result of random plantings. Although it sounds foreboding, these can produce pleasing combinations.

Before planting, take note of your background and surroundings:

  • Anything you plant will blend in or stand out against the surrounding vegetation, scenery and buildings.
  • Note the colors of your existing house and landscape. Almost any color will look good with white, cream or gray, but it is harder to choose plants that go well with more vivid colors.
  • Use colored foliage carefully. Although the plants will have color all season, plants with gold, blue, purple or silver-gray leaves are uncommon in nature and can look like they are out of place.
  • Vividly colored plants (purples, reds) may look fake in a rural or informal setting.
  • A single plant of a different color may stand out from its surroundings – watch the effect; it may look like a focal point or like something that is out of place. To blend in the plant, try adding different plants of the same color in the area to repeat a theme.
  • Variegated plants have leaves that are stripped, rimmed or spotted, generally with white. These plants are either loved or hated. They may have a subtle effect in your landscaping, but because of the foliage it may also look like you have a “sick” plant in your landscape.

Wintering Water Lilies

In case of tropical plants, take out these beautiful plants from your pond, post the first frost. It’s imperative to check the roots first to ensure that the plant has developed tubers. In case of no tubers, it will be difficult for them to survive during the winter months.

Once you have pulled out this plant from the pond, place them inside the water. You can take different variety and shapes of water containers available in the market which is used to store these water lilies. One can even use an aquarium with an incandescent light, a container preferably a plastic one or a tub or plastic jug placed on a window shelf. The container could be of any sturdy material in which the plants get fully soaked in water and is exposed to eight to twelve hours of light, will surely work best for these water lilies. The best way is to grow them bare rooted inside the water and not grow in pots.

Ideally the process of storing starts much before winter arrives, irrespective of you growing tropical water lilies. During late summer, stop pollinating this plant, this will send an indication to your plants that it’s time to be ready for winters. You will be able to sequentially witness the following:

First, the water lilies will start growing tubers. This ensures that they get food during winters. Secondly, slowly and steadily they will reach a dormant state, that slows down their system and helps them in protecting during winters.
Eventually, you will witness them growing small leaves during this time and their large leaves will turn pale and die. Now just when you have noticed this happen, you will be absolutely ready to take steps for wintering them.

Outdoor Fireplace

The flexibility of masonry materials adds considerably to the fun of working with them; you can be imaginative and creative when tackling outdoor fireplace landscaping. A concrete slab does not have to be a hot prairie playground; the surface is not limited to “smooth” or “rough”; the color is not limited to cement gray. Brick and masonry units, thanks to new developments, are no longer prosaic, uninspiring building materials.

The truth about an amateur project is that the results can be every bit as good as a job done by a professional. Both in appearance and structurally, the job you do can rate A-l on the building inspector’s card. There will be a difference in time due to the fact that the pro can work faster, but the amateur need not worry about .speed–the end result is more important than the time needed to accomplish it. The mixture for concrete, actually an artificial stone, consists of a blend of fine and coarse aggregates, each piece of which is completely surrounded and held to its mates by hardened Portland cement paste. A chemical reaction, which occurs ideally due to favorable temperatures and the presence of moisture while curing, causes the paste to harden. The water to cement ratio is probably the most important factor as far as the strength of mix is concerned. Too much water will result in a thin, diluted cement-paste that will be weak and porous when it hardens. It will not bond the aggregates nor will it be watertight. The correct water-cement paste, and this is important, produces a mix with maximum strength which is necessary for outdoor fireplace landscaping. The amateur will often use more water than necessary because it makes a more fluid mix that flows easily into the forms. Such a project may look O.K. to begin with (although there will probably be finishing problems due to excess moisture), but it will eventually be discovered to lack strength and durability.

Garden Power Tools

Electric Pruning Shears

These are perfect for people with large gardens who spend a lot of time pruning and maintaining. Electric pruning shears are easy to use for cutting down what would usually be difficult branches. These are also a speedy tool for pruning and trimming.

While shopping for Electric Pruning Shears make sure that the blades are made with carbon-steel and that they are rust resistant. Also, keep in mind the size and work area of your garden. Pick a shear that will be easy to work with in your given space.

There are two options for blades to choose from. The straight-edged blade offers a better cut, while the serrated blade is used more often for ornamental grass.

Weed Planters

For those of you who have back problems or just can’t stand to bend down to pull weeds, weed planters are a great buy. Weed planters allow you to pull all those pesky weeds without ever having to bend down.

Lawn Edgers

These are great tools for keeping a nice crisp edge to your garden. Lawn edgers help you clearly define your garden area, which leads to a more appealing garden. Edgers will also lead keep overgrowth at bay for longer periods of time.

Aerators

Aerators are a perfect tool for aerating your lawn or garden beds. The Garden Claw is a great aerator to use with your garden or flower bed. They are powerful and simple to use, even for the bigger jobs. Aerators are also a great tool for weeding around your flowers and plants.