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Category Archives: Gardening

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.

Sprinkling Pump

When it comes to lawn irrigation, several types of pumps are suitable for the job. However not all of these types may be an exact fit for your existing lawn sprinkler system. The one that you go for should work with your water source and the kind of sprinkler system that you have.

Centrifugal pumps are one of the most popular choices for lawn sprinkling or lawn irrigation. Reasonably priced and easy to install, these do need regular priming especially before use, for water suction purposes.

The submersible pump is another type wherein the installation takes place underwater. Although this type of pump is usually sold at a higher price than most centrifugal pumps, they tend to perform wonderfully for lawn irrigation. With their submersible design however, these may be more difficult to clean and maintain than centrifugal pumps.

For bigger lawns and more complex landscapes, turbine pumps are most ideal. Also known as jet pumps, these pumps combine the design of the centrifugal and submersible pumps, wherein the motor is installed above ground level while the pump itself is located below. Since it can take on bigger irrigation tasks, a turbine is usually the most expensive.

There are pumps designed especially for lawn sprinkling, which are available in different capacities. The bigger or wider the lawn, the higher is its requirement for pump capacity. Smaller pumps are sufficient to provide watering cycles to narrow lawns or a small patch of garden. If water pressure in your property is not enough to power your sprinkler system, a booster pump can be a good choice.

Decorating the Pathway

Pathways are extremely important when it comes to homes. People don’t want to step on the grass in order to get to the door in case there is damp sand that gets stuck to their shoe. It does not need to be anything special but there has to be some kind of guideline.

People love the idea of walking between rose bushes or trees to get to their final destination. To the guest or the homeowner, that greenery can seem like a path to a sanctuary. In many fairy tales, a hidden cottage is found in the middle of a beautiful forest that can only be seen by a special person.

Be careful of creating paths or patterns in perfect geometric shapes. It may seem pleasing to the perfectionist but a person who has to take a turn at a sharp corner may simply cut across the grass because it would be easier that way. If you really want to keep people on the pathway, you can add a few leafy plants along the side of the walkway which will encourage people to remain on it and not cut across the grass.

You need this kind of pleasant atmosphere to lead the person to the front door. A door is a threshold that shows a person where the property of another person starts. An outsider who opens it with permission understands that they are welcome and it is important to make that person feel welcome. To achieve this, a door with sidelights or glass panels works perfectly. This is where you can experiment with perfect geometric shapes. Just like many houses have these same kinds of shapes so should your door.

A good way to work with contrasting coloured doors is by making the frame white which will oppose the colour of the door which is mahogany or chestnut. This will add lovely character to your home and will not make the dark of the wood seem so intimidating.

All about Landscape Rake

1. For anyone who has a large field or pasture, you know how challenging it can be to keep the debris and weeds under control. A wide toothed rake can help make the job much easier. There are many models that can be towed behind a tractor.

2. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, like I do, there are long handled rakes that make it possible for you to safely remove the snow from your roof.

No climbing up on a slippery, wobbly ladder. Just reach up with the rake and pull the snow off.

3. If you live near a shoreline such as at a beach or on a river or lake, you can get a rake that will help you control the weeds. You can also get rakes that make it easy for you to groom the sand and remove debris.

These rakes are great for sand traps on golf courses too.

4. Many people have gravel drives or gravel roads that they must keep maintained. A rake can make that job much easier. Whether you are just fixing a spot here and there or if you are completely redoing the whole drive, having the right tool for the job will make it easier and faster.

5. If you are putting in a new lawn you can find rakes for that too. You will need to remove all the rocks and get the soil as smooth as possible before you seed.


Nice paver collection: the excellent paver collection are ready included with stones like travertine, granite, slate, limestone and most famous quartzite. There are varieties of colors available and among those colors and designs you can go for Aegean Pearl, Atlantic blue, Basalt Blue, coliseum, Cordoba noche, Durango Cream, Fossil Rustic Gauged, fossil rustic hand cut etc

Pool coping: If you want to make the pool area more graceful then it will surely be a good option to take go for pool copings. To cap the pool there are various designs are available such as Aegean Pearl, Atlantic Blue, California gold caps, California gold pool coping, California gold wainscot sill, charcoal rust, desert gray caps and much more

Select patterns with versatility: the backyard of your house can be nicely designed with various versatile patterns. Here you can surely go for the designs such as Autumn, California Gold, Country classic, Earth slate, Golden White, Ivory Onyx, multi classic, silver travertine, Tuscany beige, Tuscany chateaux etc.

Use cobbles: to give a rustic and antique look to your exterior, then opt for cobbles. It will surely be a nice option. These are available with weatherproof technology. There are varieties of applications that you will surely get for make the exterior excellent. You can surely opt for Belgian Rock, French Vanilla, Giallo Fantasia, Impala Black and much more.

Use flagstones: Flagstones are something very unique to look and these will surely give an excellent look to your garden and pool area. You can select the stones with the designs like Buffalo Grey, California Gold, Fossil Rustic, Golden white, Pennsylvania Bluestone, Sonoran gold and many more styles.

Front Yard Landscaping

Front Yard Landscaping History:

Alone, sitting in my lawn chair admiring my front yard I started thinking about this landscaping phenomenon and how did it all begin. It ends up that front yard landscaping has been around since the late Middle Ages. This crazy fad started with a rich English nobleman probably gone away from his castle on a nice Sunday drive in his horse and buggy and came across a beautiful lush, green, grazing meadow.

“How can I obtain this as my front yard?” the nobleman thought. Thinking further of grass seeds or digging up this pasture and delivering it to his estate. Were not totally sure which method he chose but apparently some sheep herder got rich and moved to a little castle of his own away from his worthless piece of sandy land. Not realizing it, this rich English nobleman just developed the first front yard landscaping company.

After some time of trial and error the lawn had fully grown in. A problem arose that even with the grazing sheep, the grass was still growing out of control. So this nobleman brought in rabbits, horses and goats. The lawn was trimmed nicely and fertilized well, but now his front yard was looking like a farm instead of the lush green lea he was hoping for.

The Scythe:

Distraught about the lawn-farm situation the nobleman one day was looking out at his wheat field and noticed his workers reaping his crop with scythes. Scythes have been around since 500BC. Those clever Romans. Suddenly a candle lit above his head and he called the workers over. That’s around when the scythe was introduced for lawn care.

The front yard lawn care providers had to be good with lots of finesse in using a scythe. The grass blades had to be at a strict two inch length. How else are the rich going to entertain their guests with lawn bowling(1190), tennis(1500) and croquet(1856).

The Push Reel Mower:

The push reel mower came to the rescue from the tedious scythe in 1830. This mower was invented by Edwin Beard Budding, an English engineer who in a fabric factory saw a machine that could be adapted for cutting grass. The environmentally friendly push reel mower is still highly used and sold in present day.

Rotary Mowers:

Unsuccessfully many inventors experimented with rotary mowers in the late 1920s and early 1930s. This front yard landscaping tool was not commercially produced until 1952 where finally a small and powerful enough mowing product was found.

Information of Hydraulic Wood Splitter

If you are using a hydraulic wood splitter, you have the option to choose those models that work together with your other current equipment. These hydraulic log splitters are available for any type of tractor brand, front loader or other equipments. Some of the models are specifically designed in order to become compatible with a wide selection of various products and equipment.

These hydraulic wood splitters are low cost but provide better benefits. Some of these hydraulic log splitters have low tonnage capacity that is affordable compared to those models with high tonnage. The low tonnage hydraulic splitters have the capacity to cut more wood in a shorter period of time than the high tonnage splitters. Your used wood used wood splitters is affordable and at the same time has better benefits. These hydraulic log splitters are relatively safer compared to the other models. For the manual splitters, they have a high risk of causing injury. You can even find hydraulic models that do not require any effort on your part and capable of loading the wood to be split this makes the task quite easy and convenient.

If you are planning to purchase a wood splitter, the Hydraulic log splitter is the best choice and a good investment for your business. You will definitely avail of the benefits offered by this machine as well as the convenience it provides. With an affordable price and better productivity, the hydraulic wood splitter is the ideal machine that can provide you a large number of logs on a daily basis.