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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Between Koi Pond with Pondless Waterfall

Homeowners are requesting that landscape architects design complete outdoor rooms, such as kitchens and bars, for entertaining. Water features such as koi ponds, waterfalls, and fountains continue to be popular (with no signs of slowing), according to a new survey of leading members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).”

The American Nurseryman Association reports that “water features are the fastest growing trend in landscaping since 1990 (2007 should break all records.)”

Regionally, in-ground pools will add about 5 percent to the value of a home in the Northeast, about 6 percent in the Midwest, and 7.5 percent in the Southeast and West. In the Southwest, a swimming pool will add nearly 11 percent to the home’s value.

If you add a $35,000 pool to a $300,000 house, you will just barely recover your initial expense. However, you still have the high maintenance cost and you have just limited the future buyers of your home to people who want a pool. Therefore, you have actually reduced the equity in your home. On the other hand, everyone loves a beautiful water feature, young and old! Therefore, increased equity!

Swimming pools require constant attention and

Easy To Grow Veggies

Tomatoes

Very popularly grown veggie in any sized garden, it can be grown inside hanging baskets and even other containers. You need to place them at a place where is lots of sun light and make sure they have some support for its stalks.

• You need a container of about 5-gallon
• Drill holes of about ¼ inches at the bottom of your container
• Place a layer of gravel of about 2-3 inches
• Then add ¾ bagged soil for potting to start with
• Add seeds of tomato according to the directions given in the package and place the pot in a sunny area.
• When you see the baby tomatoes growing add some fresh soil to the container, this will support its growing stem
• Do plant some marigold flower with the tomato plant to keep the bugs away
• Make sure it gets plenty of full sun light for 8 hours daily

Carrots

Again very easy to grow are carrots in your home garden and they need a good amount of sunlight as well like many other plants.

• Carrots should be planned to plant at least 3-5

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

Sharpening For Yard

Believe me, you don’t need to buy new blades. You needn’t go to a professional blade sharpener. Not everyone likes, or is able, to turn their blades in for professional sharpening once or a few times a year, anyway. You can do the sharpening yourself, right at home with your own hands using a sharpening file.

This could be the fastest sharpening because you’ll be doing it yourself, right there where you are. It could be the cheapest sharpening because you won’t be paying anyone to do it for you. You won’t be spending gas money to go drop them off to a professional and then to pick them up. You won’t have to buy new blades or chains. Isn’t all that worth it?

Why use a sharpening file? Sharpening files are lined with strong cutting ridges that abrade, or smooth, metal or wood. There are many kinds to choose from. Each type is meant to work on a specific type of surface. The coarse grade file is meant to remove a lot of metal, like when you’ve got to reshape a blade edge that has been dinged, nicked badly or banged up. The smooth grade

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

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.

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Solar Landscaping Lights

You will also save money by using solar lighting. The cost of the lights themselves is comparable to the electrical fixtures, but you don’t have to buy extra supplies like wires or conduit to install them. Plus if you are not handy with electrical work, you would be forced to hire a professional with electrical lights. This is not the case with the solar variety. Simply stick them in the ground and you are done.

If you are pondering adding outdoor lighting to your landscape but have been put off by the expense and hassle, you should look into solar lights. There is no need for running wires to them or even replacing batteries. The sun’s rays will take care of charging them every day and they will run all night long. They can really add a new look to your yard, especially if you do any entertaining at night. They provide a safe means for your guests to walk around marvelling at the hard work you’ve put in. And with the additional savings over electrical lights it is a win-win situation.

The biggest advantage to using solar lights over more traditional electrical lights is ease

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

Ways Care For a Lawn

1) Fertilizers- Do you eat food everyday, same is true with lawn. Apart from direct sunlight and water, fertilizers are great way to feed you lawn with healthy diet to give an extraordinary look

2) Mowing- Very important for a lush look. A Lawn mower is a great tool for this purpose. The real secret of using a lawn mower is the height of the blade that will be used while mowing.

3) Watering- The frequency of watering will greatly affect the final outlook of the lawn surface. Automatic lawn sprinklers are used to automate the process of watering with great results.

4) Aerating the soil- Due to frequent use of lawn by pets, children, etc. the soil that holds the lawn gets compacted beyond limits, that’s why lawn care experts always recommend aeration of lawn soil to help the growth of lawn.

5) Amount of direct sunlight the lawn surface receives- This aspect is not a must but can have some degree of effect. You just have to look for the path of sun travel in your local area. Where does direct sunlight come from in your garden. As the day passes away

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

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,

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

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