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Monthly Archives: May 2017

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 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 grass, Feather grass, Mexican feather grass, and Sedge grass. These ornamental grasses are excellent as low water plants. Many stay green year round. Call your local nursery for more advice.

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

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 help you make some extra pocket change being how popular these paintings are. Anyone would want a beautiful landscape painting to compliment there home or office. With all of these tips and tricks in mind, you should be on your way to creating a masterful landscape painting. Perhaps one day you can be a world renowned landscape artist!

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 really made a name for themselves because of their rotators. These innovative rotators have been designed with maximum water efficiency in mind, and are considered essential in the turf and landscape industry.

The great thing about these rotators is that they can fit on top of both conventional spray head bodies as well as shrub adapters. You now can control the application rate, the arc and even adjust the radius of the water spray.

If you’ve had pressure issues with you current sprinkler, consider updating your older model with one of these newer models with a rotating head.