Hannah Thickett

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Flower Gardening For Beginners

Planting a flower garden may be an overwhelming experience for anybody let alone a beginner gardener. The good news is there are easy ways to get around it by following these simple steps. Read on to find out what these simple tips are for planning your garden landscape and what lawn dcor to choose to get what you want from the sweet escape in your backyard.

A field of tulips

Before you head to a nursery or garden center, make sure you have a plan. Think about where you want to put your flowers and garden accessories, what colors you want where, how many and so forth. This will make your shopping experience much easier and faster and probably less expensive. You’ll want to enjoy a garden that’s in bloom from early spring to late fall by choosing annuals (plants that do not come back every year) and perennials (plants that do come back every year) based on when they flower. Refer to plant tags for specific information that pertains to your garden.

When picking plants at the nursery pay attention to the height and width before assigning them a permanent home. When it’s time to divide your perennials, offer to share your extras with your garden-savvy neighbors in return for plants you don’t have yet. Make sure to observe your yard’s sun and shade areas. Look for wet or dry spots. Watch for sandy soil and dense clay. By knowing your garden’s conditions, you can plant flowers where they’ll thrive. For soils that do not produce thriving plants consider putting garden accessories such as garden statues, gnomes, wind spinners, wind chimes, stepping stones, mulch, rock, and other lawn and garden dcor. When choosing garden accessories for additional lawn dcor around your garden, consider potting perennials and/or annuals in containers and placing them around your yard. Garden planters are an easy way to create colorful accents. Many plants benefit from deadheading, when faded blooms are removed to encourage new growth. To deadhead, cut off the spent slower close to a bud that’s lower on the stem or above a leaf node. To enjoy perennials or annuals indoors, cut the flowers in early morning or late afternoon, submerge them in lukewarm water and add a floral preservative.

Garden accessories or greenhouses are a great way to add a little extra something to any outdoor space. The nice thing about garden accessories is that they come in all forms, shapes and sizes. Choosing the right lawn dcor for your garden or backyard is always a fun experience because there is so much you can do with it. Garden stepping stones make transitioning from one place in your backyard to another very easy and it is also very decorative. Stepping stones can be anything from limestone rock, cement blocks or slates to flat plaques.

Don’t forget about your avian friends. Putting bird houses, bird baths and bird feeders in a flower garden invites even more color and entertainment to enjoy. There are tons of different kinds of bird feeders out there; some are decorative, some are for specific kinds of birds and some are very plain-jane bird feeders. Which ever strikes your fancy your avian friends will be sure to re-visit your flower garden. Other garden accessories you can consider putting up in your flower garden are wind chimes and wind spinners. You can find many different kinds of hook stands out there for hanging these types of garden accessories as well as brackets for the side of a post or wall.

Your flower garden will look amazing after following these simple steps in planning for a garden. The nice thing about garden accessories is that they are versatile. You can put them almost anywhere and plant flowers around them or accent some already planted flowers and plants with the garden accessories. Whatever you choose to do you will be happy with the result it produces.


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The Benefits Of Raised Bed Gardening

Making and planting a raised bed vegetable garden can be very beneficial to you and your vegetables. I will discuss building a raised garden bed and the pros and cons of raised bed gardening. After reading this article you should be able to decide if a raised vegetable garden bed is the right solution for you.

A raised bed garden

Why should you make a raised garden bed? There are several reasons, but two of the main reasons, are that there are poor soil conditions in your area or there is poor water drainage on your property. By making a raised bed for your garden, you are able to put the kind of soil you need for raising the plants you want. Also with a raised bed, the water will drain easily so that your plants will not die with too wet of soil.

When building your raised garden, you want to pick a location that gets full sun. Most vegetables require full sun to grow properly. It would be nice if the area is flat, but you can level your bed by digging in to the landscape on the high areas. You can make your bed out of almost any thing, such as wood, rocks, bricks or cement blocks. Wood is usually the product of choice, because it is easy to work with and less expensive than the other choices.

For best results, make your bed long and narrow, about 3 feet wide, then you can access all your vegetables without stepping on the soil and compacting it. The depth of the raised garden is up to you, but if you want carrot or parsnips, the deeper the better. Twelve inches deep is a great depth for all vegetables.

You can prepare your site in two ways for your raised bed gardening. The easiest way but probably not the best way, is to place several layers of news paper or cardboard down over the existing ground cover. You should mow the sod as low as you can first though.

The other way is to dig out the existing sod and loosen the soil below your garden to a depth of eight to twelve inches. Doing this gives your garden extra depth and good drainage. This is especially important if you are planning on growing the root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and potatoes.

Construct the frame around your garden. You should now level your bed from all directions. This is very important, because if your bed is not level, the water will run off in some areas of your bed and will sit in other parts of your bed. To level the frame, remove some of the soil beneath the frame in the high areas. Once your frame is set, add your top soil and then you are ready to plant.

If you look at these instructions I have laid out, you will see that there is a lot of work involved. I’ve barely mentioned planting the garden, and the maintenance after planting. Is having a raised vegetable garden bed worth all this work?

Pros of raised bed gardening:

1. If you have poor soil or poor drainage. I have already mentioned this, but you are able to put good soil in the bed that will make your vegetable garden thrive.

2. Your garden areas are easier to access. They can be constructed at almost any height, so if you want very little bending over, construct a bed that is higher. This will reduce fatigue and injury to the back and knees. Also this is perfect for the elderly or disabled gardener that can not reach down to the ground.

4. Raised beds warm faster in the spring compared to ground soil. Your growing season can be prolonged. The soil will be warmer which will promote growth, but you still have to watch frost for the leaves of the plants. Another benefit, it is easy to place a tunnel of clear plastic over the garden bed, making a mini green house, thus prolonging the growing season.

5. Maintenance of a raised garden bed is a lot less. Each spring or fall, it is a good idea to top dress your garden with manure or compost, digging it in to the top two to three inches of the soil. This will help retain moisture and keep weeds down.

6. Fertilizer, compost and manure can be concentrated in the smaller growing area of a raised garden bed, making it possible to space your plants closer together. With plants being grown closer together, this allows the plants to crowd out weeds and shade the soil, reducing evaporation and keeping roots cooler.

7. It is easier to control weeds. Like previously mentioned, you can grow your plants closer together, but also it is easy to use plastic mulch because the width of the bed can be spanned by one roll.

8. Dead leaves and other garden debris is easier to clean up.

9. It is harder for rabbits, moles and other garden pests to access your plants.
10. Less chance of soil erosion.

11. As long as you make your beds deep enough, they are perfect for carrots and other root vegetables because the deeper soil is not compacted.

12. Elevated planting areas can be constructed on small decks or patio’s. You can grow vegetables, herbs, or flowers any where.

Cons of raised bed gardening:

1. Difficult to till, so the digging has to be done by hand. Though I have pointed out, there will be little traffic on your garden beds, so little digging is required.

2. The cost of construction is much more. Though that cost will be reduced in the maintenance of the bed, plus you will have a better vegetable harvest.

3. The edges or borders must be well reinforced during construction, or the beds will break down over time.

4. When constructing your raised garden bed, you want to remember that you should not use treated lumber or railroad ties. The chemicals will leak out and contaminate the soil. It is probably not enough to kill the plants, but may expose you to unnecessary chemicals.


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The Types of Lawn Mowers Available Today

Are you aware of the various types of lawn mowers? We love our lawns; there is something about having a beautiful lawn and garden that just makes you want to smile. All of the different greens from the various plants and the colors from the flowers are so pretty to look at; they allow us to de-stress and relax. A attractive lawn is the perfect place for get-together’s and for the kids to play.

Yet another lawn mower!

In order for us to be able to enjoy our yards and the calming effects it can provide, it must be properly maintained. In order to get to the point where your yard is the envy of the neighborhood, you are going to have to invest in a lawn mower. There are a number of brands you could choose from.

One in particular is Ferris Mowers who offers six types of lawn mowers that can full-fill any gardener’s needs. Since there are a number of types of mowers offered, some may better suit your needs than others. Let’s review what’s available.

The 6 Types of Lawn Mowers

Cylinder – This type of mower is named after its design. This mower has a cylinder that has several horizontal blades which spin around it as the mower is pushed. The adjustment of the cylinder determines the how the cut will look. This particular mower is best for lawns in which the ground surface is smooth. Cylinder mowers can have the blades turned by a motor or hand driven as its pushed.

Hover – Hover mowers are best for smaller lawns. The mowers are typically electric and petrol-driven (gas-driven) options. This mower is so named because the blade is very close to the ground. If you have a small, somewhat leveled area and would like an inexpensive, lightweight and quiet mower than this is the one for you.

Ride-on – Oh wouldn’t some of us like to have one of these! There are either 2 or 3 rotary cutting blades. Ride-ons can also be called lawn tractors or zero-turn mowers.

Rotary Electric – This type of mower is low maintenance, relatively inexpensive, lightweight and quiet. The typical downside to electric mowers is that sometimes there isn’t sufficient power and keeping the electrical cord clear can be a challenge. Ferris Mowers understands this and offers mowers with a rechargeable battery. If you can keep your lawn regularly trimmed and don’t need the power, then electric may be the way to go.

Rotary Petrol – Also called ‘drum mower‘, these are more expensive than the electric version as well as being heavier and noisier. Some come equipped with a 3 hp motor which gives sufficient power to make cutting your lawn a breeze. Two and 4-stroke versions are available.

Self-propelled – This type is super nice as it assists moving across the lawn without have to manually push the mower the entire time. The petrol motor must offer ample power as it needs to power both the spinning of the rotor blades and to turn the wheels.

There are no two lawns that are alike and not every mower will be able to handle every yard. Ferris Mowers offers a quality types of lawn mowers to ensure that every lawn can be properly maintained with the right mower.