An Honest Tree Trimming Company

Trees need to be taken care of. This was something I had never truly realized before because I never owned any trees. I had lived in apartments most of my life, so buying my first house was an experience in a lot of different ways. It was not until I was a homeowner that I realized that I was the one in charge of the trees in the yard. I knew that they needed to be cut back some, so I did an online search for Long Island tree pruning.

I wanted to find a company that is highly respected by the communities that it serves because I had no idea what I was getting into on my own.

The famous Herb Gardens

The prominence of herbs has taken off as of late. They have grabbed hold with gourmet cooks, humble nursery workers, neighborhood flower vendors and option healers. Furthermore, all things considered. These antiquated plants have long and interesting histories as antidotes venoms, aphrodisiacs, memory enhancers and stomach soothers. While a few cures are simply recounted, others stay feasible strategies for curing what troubles you.

Basic thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is more than a poultry flavoring. This current herb’s fundamental oils contain antibacterial properties that can at present be found in some frosty arrangements. The Romans added the herb to their tea and breathed in its scent to avert despairing. Thyme is an individual from the mint family. It develops as a semi-evergreen groundcover, getting just 1′ high. It loves full sun and dry soil. It sprouts in summer, and the foliage can be utilized as a creepy crawly repellent.

Lemon medicine (Melissa officinalis) has for quite some time been esteemed as a memory enhancer and general lift me-up. It’s likewise an individual from the mint family and can be obtrusive, be

Simple Garden in a Small Land

These are the simple plants that can fill that space, look classy, and perfectly fit that space in the garden.

BugleweedAjuga have shiny leaves that form a tight and wonderful mass of color close to the ground. From early in the spring to very late in the summer, they will reward you with towering spikes of color, mostly blue but some white flowering varieties are in the market. They can take full sun in the northern areas but need some shade to grow well in the south. It is a wonderful plant that can be easy to grow and maintain in the garden.

Cotoneaster

This wonderful plant is great for all but the coldest and warmest parts of the world. The evergreen leaves fill in quickly and stay weed free once established. The flowers are almost not there but the berries are wonderfully red and, if the birds don’t eat them all, they are wonderful to leave on for winter snows.

Crown Vetch

This fast growing part of the pea family is perfect for

Romantic Garden

My garden is a haven. On a languorous evening, strolling among favorite plants, listening to the mockingbirds, or the great horned owl, it can give me a great sense of peace – and romance.

Not all these factors can be controlled. The owl only visits when he is in the mood, and the plumeria bloom when they feel like it. Sometimes there is no wafting breeze and the moon is occasionally hidden by clouds. But many factors can be determined by me, and to make a garden ‘romantic’ does not require a lot of work. I personally associate ‘evening’ with romance so my garden is geared to be enjoyed in the evening.

Consider what we need:

An inviting space, peaceful, and with aspects that appeal to the senses.

We want a space to sit, a place for two a lovely old wicker or wrought iron bench for instance, or a rocker with floral cushions placed strategically, maybe facing the setting sun. Put a small table nearby, for a place to put your glass, or a candle.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Plants are the main reason to visit, but today I’d like to share some of my favorite places at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

One of my favorite places to visit in St. Louis is the Missouri Botanical Garden, known by many of the locals as Shaw’s Garden. During my visit today with my good friend Beth, I decided to focus on garden structures and art. Small touches in the home garden often make the difference between a nice garden and a garden with real character, never lacking at MoBot.

This palm is striking against the geometric patterns of the Climatron. It was late morning and the sunlight took away the color of the palm and made this shot look like a black and white photo. Watch the light in your gardens to see how different it looks as the daylight changes.

The Floating Onions were kept at the garden after the Chihuly exhibit last year. In the evening, lights make the onions glow, a very different look when compared to daytime. Remember to use lighting in your home garden for evening enjoyment.

I didn’t think that this fence and

Gardening is very Satisfactory

I lived in suburbia all of my life but often spent weekends and summers with my my elders in the country. I grew up around farmers and people that grew plants as both a means of income and a way to feed their own families. They also grew flowering plants as a way to brighten their days.Most were plants with no value as a food or a sale crop but nonetheless, they earned their place on valuable land.

How I wish someone would have shared the joy of placing that single seed in the dirt so I could have seen what it could do and what it would become! That single seed goes through so much change in its life whether it is a short life or a long life and it completes its own circle of life. If it’s cared for and nurtured, it thrives and knows exactly what to do. Even if tossed aside or dropped on the dirt, it may still go on or it may struggle and possibly even die, but it doesn’t know that it should just give up! It was not taught to quit.

This is something I’ve tried to share with my own children. Sometimes

How To Take Care Of The 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.

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.

Lilies Wintering Water

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

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.

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

Easy and Interesting Gardening

While there is nothing like getting out into the garden, feeling the warm earth between your fingers, carefully tucking seeds and transplants into dark loamy soil, there is something to be said for the ease and fun of gardening from a kit. It is a great opportunity to try something new and different and an enjoyable way to introduce gardening to kids.

Fun with Fungi

While we may grow and eat them like plants, mushrooms and other fungi are in a category all of their own, neither plants nor animals. Rather, in the taxonomic organization of organisms, they have their own realm, the Kingdom Fungi.

Unlike green plants that manufacture food using the energy of the sun, mushrooms lack chlorophyll and are what are called saprophytes, organisms that absorb the nutrients they need from the organic material in which they live.

When we eat a mushroom we are eating the ″fruit″ of the fungus, the part of the organism that produces the spores that assure its reproduction. But there is a lot more to a mushroom than what we see above ground. The body of the mushroom, called the mycelium, consists of a web

Planting a Vegetable Garden

You can plant many crops directly in the garden, especially root vegetables, crops with large seeds, and seeds of plants that can mature within your growing season. The correct time to plant each crop varies widely according to the climate where you live and the specific needs of each crop.

Tools and Materials

  • Soil thermometer
  • String and stakes
  • Measuring tape
  • Steel rake
  • Hoe
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Water source
  • hose
  • watering can
  • Floating row cover, optional

When to plant. In general, plant cool-season crops (peas, lettuce, greens, cole crops, and root crops) so they can mature before the onset of mid-summer heat or freezing autumn weather. Some, such as peas and spinach, will germinate in soils as cool as 40° F. Most cool-season crops will germinate and grow if planted about two weeks before the last spring frost.

Plant heat-loving, warm-season crops (such as squash, beans, corn, melons, and cucumbers) only after the soil has warmed, about two weeks after the last frost in spring. These crops require soil temperatures between 60° and 70° F.

Choose planting pattern. Plant most seeds in 1- to 3-foot-wide beds instead of single-file rows. Wide row planting reduces weeding and watering needs and increases the yield per square foot by decreasing the space needed for

Preparing a New Garden Plot

Eliminating weeds and getting the soil ready for your flowers and vegetables are important first steps in growing a successful garden. Time spent in preparation reduces the time you’ll have to spend maintaining and weeding your garden over the course of the growing season.

Tools and Materials

  • String and wooden stakes
  • Spade
  • Glyphosate herbicide (optional)
  • Hoe or mattock
  • Steel garden rake
  • Soil testing sample kit
  • Soil amendments, as required
  • Garden fork or rototiller

Choose the spot. Vegetable gardens and most flowerbeds require at least 6 hours of full sun each day. Choose a level spot — either natural or terraced — that has well-drained soil, if possible (see Testing Soil Drainage). Thick grass or vigorous weed growth usually indicate soil drainage and nutrient levels that will support healthy garden plants.

Mark the boundaries. Outline the new garden plot with string and stakes, a hose, or a line of powdered limestone.

Eliminate the competition. Remove existing lawn by slicing under the sod with a spade and cutting it into manageable pieces. Add the pieces to your compost or use it to patch bare spots elsewhere. Kill weeds with glyphosate herbicide, pull them by hand, or chop them with a hoe or mattock and rake

Trends Garden in 2017

Dubbed the slowest of the performing arts, gardening can seem trend proof. After all, you can’t hurry an oak’s progress from acorn to shade tree, and making a garden isn’t like buying a new throw rug for your home but rather stitching a few glimmering threads of your own into nature’s rich tapestry. And yet tastes do change in gardening, as your once-obsessed African violet-growing parents or grandparents could tell you. Those who work with the buying public are especially attuned to what’s hot and what’s not. With that in mind, we asked designers and retailers across the country to share the biggest trends they anticipate for 2017. Here are 10 trends they say we’ll be seeing more of.

Natural Materials

After years of minimalist dominance in hardscaping materials, furniture, and decor, designers are noticing renewed interest in natural materials and a less geometric style. Designer Julie Blakeslee at Big Red Sunin Austin, Texas, says, “Rather than clean and modern, clients are asking for a more old-fashioned, more DIY look in their gardens. We’ve been using railway ties, free-form decks, smaller outdoor furniture, and swing seating. I think clients are looking for something more authentic and

Genius Gardening Tools

Products are always being developed to speed up everyday tasks and automate processes. In the garden, we are often hoping to slow down and connect with nature, not speed it up and automate it. That’s not to say that there isn’t a place for innovation that can make the job of gardening more enjoyable! Particularly if it helps ease the strain of the activity so you can do it more or for a longer period. I have combed through some of the many products and tools that you can invest in, and these ten genius gardening tools will dramatically improve how you spend your time in the garden.

I was first introduced to A.M. Leonard’s Gardener’s Edge last May when I attended the Garden2Grow event at P. Allen Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm. A.M. Leonard is a family business started in 1885 that is dedicated to doing business “the old fashioned way,” meaning a focus on innovation, customer service, and product quality for horticultural tools. In 2005, Gardener’s Edge was created to bring the same innovation, service, and quality to home gardeners. At the event, the team from Gardener’s Edge showcased some brilliant products that change the way people garden. I

Recycling Tips for the Garden

Gardeners are hoarders – it’s a fact! Even the greatest gardens have a pile of odds and ends tucked beneath the potting bench, or round the back of the compost heap, ‘Just in case they come in handy…’. Creative recycling in the garden can often produce some of the most inventive ideas and could save you a small fortune in buying the latest gardening kit.

So here are some of their best recycling tips for the garden:

Old compost bags – Old compost bags are well worth hanging on to. Use them as super strong rubbish bags to transport garden waste to the tip, or split them open and peg them down to temporarily suppress weeds. You can line raised beds with them too (although you will need to make some drainage holes first) or better still, grow your own potatoes in them!

Fizzy drink bottles – Use large fizzy drinks bottles as mini cloches! Simply cut the bottoms off and place them over individual plants to protect them from the weather until they are well established. You can unscrew the lid to provide ventilation and prevent the plants from getting too hot on warmer days.

Aquarium water

Planting Fruit Plants Easy for Beginners

You don’t need an orchard to grow your own fruit at home. From strawberries to apple trees – there’s something to suit every sized garden. Where space is limited try growing fruit trees and plants in containers – you even grow strawberries in hanging baskets! Take a look at our top 10 list of easy to grow fruit and start growing fruits today.

   Strawberries

Everybody loves the fresh, juicy flavour of sun warmed strawberries picked straight from the garden. So versatile that they can be grown in containers, hanging baskets, Flower Pouches® and window boxes, or planted straight into the ground. Grow our ‘Extend the Season’ pack to ensure a plentiful supply of juicy, sweet strawberries throughout June and July.

   Raspberries

Autumn fruiting raspberries are self supporting so you can plant them in containers or in clumps throughout your garden. This undemanding crop can be harvested from late summer to early autumn for a delicious dessert. Autumn fruiting raspberries are simple to maintain – just shear the canes to ground level each February and look forward to another juicy crop!

   Blueberries

If you are keen on growing fruit in containers then try Blueberries. Scented flowers in spring, fiery coloured autumn foliage and

Vegetables suitable for planting in winter

Don’t let your vegetable plot stand empty and neglected over winter. There are plenty of winter vegetables to grow throughout the coldest months. Winter vegetable growing allows you to extend the season and many vegetables that can be grown in winter will produce earlier crops than spring plantings.

If you were really organised in late spring/ early summer then you will have already grown some winter vegetable plants such as Winter Cabbage, Kale and Brussels Sprouts. These will be well under way by autumn and you will already have started planting your winter vegetables outdoors.

But don’t worry if it slipped your mind – there are lots of tasty vegetables to grow in winter that can be still sown this autumn.

      Vegetables to grow outdoors in winter

Most winter vegetable plants are fully hardy and will cope well with cold winter weather, but if hard frosts threaten then you can always throw some fleece across them to provide some extra protection.

Most can be planted or sown directly outdoors to ensure that your winter vegetable garden is fully stocked.

   Onions and Shallots

Autumn planting onion sets are easy to grow and will virtually

Top 7 winter bedding plants

Autumn is the perfect time to plant out bedding plants for spring flowering. Winter bedding plants are often referred to as Spring bedding plants or even autumn bedding plants. However there’s no need to get confused. Simply put, they are biennials or perennials, which are planted from September to November. Most common bedding plants flower throughout the winter during milder spells, before putting on a burst of vigorous growth in the spring.

Try planting winter bedding plants in beds, borders, containers, window boxes or hanging baskets for a welcome splash of colour when few other plants are in flower. Why not try planting spring bulbs underneath your bedding plants for something a bit different!

It’s easy to order your bedding plants online. Choose from our large range of bedding plant plugs for sale. Take a look at our Top 10 favourites below for lots of winter bedding plant ideas. For more information read this helpful article on how to grow bedding plants.

1. Pansies

A stalwart of winter bedding displays, Pansy plants are so versatile and will bloom for far longer than any other winter flowering bedding plant. From autumn through to spring, pansies provide a

Warming Tips for Greenhouses in Winter

If you are feeling the chill then it’s time to turn up the heat…in your greenhouse! Greenhouse heating will protect your tender plants from becoming a frosted, soggy mush, and keep your young plants snug and warm until spring. Heating your greenhouse will open up a whole new world of winter gardening!

But heating a greenhouse can be an expensive luxury, and nobody likes the idea of wasting energy or money. So we’ve put together some top tips to help you keep costs down and make your greenhouse heating more efficient this winter.

Insulate with bubble wrap – A layer of bubble wrap clipped to the inside of your greenhouse frame will reduce heat loss and block icy winter draughts. Even an unheated greenhouse will benefit from a layer of bubble wrap. Buy purpose made horticultural bubble wrap insulation from garden centres as this is toughened and UV stabilised. When buying greenhouse bubble wrap remember that larger bubbles will let in more light. You can also use greenhouse bubble insulation to wrap your outdoor pots, protecting rootballs from freezing weather, and preventing your favourite pots from cracking.

Invest in a greenhouse heating system – Electric fan heaters