With the arrival of spring, many home owners are beginning to take a look at the foliage which provides such a beautiful complement to their lawns and gardens with a little bit of trimming in mind. Proper pruning means that not only will your trees, shrubs, and bushes look nicer, but they will be able to grow in a more efficient matter and produce optimally as well.
Many novice gardeners think that just one or two tools will be sufficient to carry out all the pruning challenge that their yards pose. This is far from the case, however. Every plant in your yard is unique, and what is more, each type of plant will require a different set of pruning tools. We will take a brief look at which types of tools might be best for you, based on your pruning task.
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Mulch and compost are the two most important things that you can use for your garden. Every spring begins a new battle to keep your gardens growing green and healthy. Gardener’s worst enemies typically are blight, drought, parasites and diseases and of course the dreaded weeds. There are two basic type of mulch, inorganic and organic. Inorganic mulches are things such as, gravel, pebbles, landscaping fabric and any items that do not decompose. Organic mulch decomposes and is made of all natural substances and is very easy to make right at home.
One of the best defenses for weed control is homemade organic mulch. Mulch reduces water loss through evaporation. Mulch adds nutrients to your soil and helps keep those pesky weeds at bay. An excellent source of mulch that is completely free is tree trimmings. Normally arborists have to pay to dispose of their tree trimmings so they will gladly give you a truckload. Depending on the truck size you might just end up with 10 cubic yards of wood chip for absolutely nothing. What a great savings especially since plants and flowers can get rather expensive. With wood chips you do have to be careful since they will draw termites and other insects. Small chips decompose very rapidly using nitrogen from the soil.
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Having your own vegetable patch or fruit garden was once commonplace, but fell out of favor as the food industry become more commercial and supermarkets began to take over. In recent years however, more and more people have started explore growing their own produce again. Here we give 5 reasons why you might consider starting your own kitchen garden.
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