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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Ready for Green Space when Spring

Getting them work ready will save you time when you actually want to get to work in the garden. Rubbing mineral spirits on wooden tool handles will reduce splitting which may just save you from the dreaded splinter.

Get that soil ready before you start to plant. That is, you’ll want to clean up any leaves or debris that has settled there over the winter, but you also want to rake it and get some air into it. This is a great time to add compost for extra nutrients, mix it in well and you’ll be good to go once planting season is here.

If you have a new garden, if you want to re-do your garden or if you’re starting from scratch the best thing to do is draw up a plan. What do you want your garden to look like when you’re done? Do you want big items like trees in there or will it be an annual bed? Most will go with a combination of the two so they have something pretty to look at all year round, evergreens keep their colour all year, some perennials bloom in the fall after the annuals have been pulled, etc.

It may be intimidating to go into a nursery because you may get waylaid looking at all the beautiful plants and end up with nothing that you went in for. Best to arm yourself with a list. Take along your garden plan to remind yourself what will go where and once you see all the plants together you can make your final choices. Remember to keep tall things to the back so you can still see the short things and don’t crowd the garden, everything will grow bigger year after year.

Use Centrifugal Pump for Garden

When it comes to buying pumps for your fish pond, you will need to factor in the flow rate and water head or pressure produced by the pump. The flow rate is also known as the output, often determined in liters or gallons. Make sure that you choose one that is a good fit for the size of your pond. A bigger pond will require a more powerful pump, but installing a powerful pump in a small pond often causes problems. A flow rate that is too powerful may stir up sand in the pond, resulting in murkier waters.

The ability of the pump to spurt water at a specific height is known as its water head or water pressure. Prior to buying one, it will be helpful for you to at least estimate how much water head your application will need. This way, you’ll be able to get the best type of pump to match your project. Most fountains and waterfalls require pumps with higher water head.

Centrifugal pumps are popular for several reasons. These are versatile and come in many different types. These include standard centrifugal, high pressure, and trash centrifugal pumps. Centrifugal pumps are also high capacity pumps and don’t require as much maintenance as other kinds of pumps. There are also designs of centrifugal pumps which are meant to handle solids, which are recommended for washing down equipment.

The Pentair Water – Flotec – Simer Centrifugal Pump is built for general purpose pumping, whether for ponds, fountains, waterfalls, or pressure sprinkling. This pump comes with rugged cast iron housing, making it perfect for heavy duty use. Buying a versatile and easy-to-use pump is excellent for a wide range of water gardening or clear water applications. With a ready to install pump, you’ll have your pond in stable working condition within minutes.

Big Landscape for Small Gardens

Gravel – crushed brick or gravel is a wise paving option that can certainly improve the outlook of your garden. It is easy to maintain and much cheaper than bricks or flagstones. However, you should spread a layer of landscape fabric underneath the gravel. That way you will save your garden from any weeds.

Walkway – another element that can refresh the garden. It is better to have a curved walkway because it gives guests the feeling of walking through a larger landscape. You only need to be sure that the walkway is wide enough for two people to walk side by side. Otherwise it may be a little uncomfortable.

Fire pit – a feature like this always creates such a cozy atmosphere. Fire pits bring more warmth and light to the garden. You can choose just the right one for you, because they are sold in many and different shapes and sizes. Adding one fire pit is a great way to start designing your garden.

Bamboo shelter – that is a very original and creative idea for small gardens. A rustic bamboo and metal frame shelter brings a little exotic feeling to the garden too, which is always nice. Also, a shelter guarantees enough shade in the hot summer days and protection when harsh winds occur. Modern and practical, isn’t it?

Pond – why not make a pond in your backyard? You do not need a lot of space to do that. In fact, the process is not very complicated either. What do you have to do? Well, just dig out the chosen area, add a pond liner and a pump, and you are ready to go. The biggest advantage of the pond is that it brings wildlife in your garden. Some tiny birds and colourful butterflies will surely make the atmosphere more pleasant and enjoying.

You just have to decide which one of these six ideas would best suit your garden. After you make the choice, use all your inspiration and creativity to make some wonderful improvements. Do not forget very important factor: not everyone can be a landscape expert, and they really do not need to. If you have any trouble setting up the new garden design, call a landscape gardening company to take care of it for you.

About Maintenance Yard for Spring

Fertilizing: Depending on climate, the time between February and April is one of the key times you should be “feeding” your lawn each year. Spring fertilizing helps strengthen roots before the heavy growing period that is just around the corner.

Try and figure out which kind of weeds (like crabgrass) you struggled with the previous year and find a weed-and-feed that is best suited to your needs.

Weeds: When the soil reaches 55F degrees and stays there for a few days your old pal crabgrass can start to creep up.

You’ll want to think about a pre-emergent herbicide. There are a number of options – Tupersan, Dithopyr, and Pendimethalin – with each ranging in terms of cost. Keep in mind that some of those will impact when you are able to plant seed, if that is part of your plan this season.

This is also the time for attacking dandelions when they start to arrive. Whether you spray or tackle them by hand, make sure to get them take care of before they produce seeds.

Raking/Mowing: It sounds like a no-brainer, but cleaning up your lawn in the spring is important to get rid of dead grass and other debris. When your lawn is both thawed and dry, spend some time either with your rake or your bagging mower. Put that mower down to a lower setting and get rid of all the excess yards waste. If you do a good job bagging now you should be able to mulch the rest of the year.

Seeding: Fall is the best time for overseeding, but you may now be noticing pets and/or kids have created a number of unsightly bare spots.

If you go this route, one option is to apply a “starter” fertilizer to those spots. A month or so later you’ll want to follow that up with a nitrogen fertilizer. Keep in mind, however, that you won’t get the same results as you will if you wait until the fall.

The majority of yard projects can be handled on your own without any outside assistance. But if you have physical limitations or find you are unable to get the desired results, a good idea is to seek out a trained professional.